Amazon Kindle Fire review

Love

  • Incredible pricepoint
  • Intuitive
  • innovative UI
  • Surprisingly good display

Hate

  • No Android Market
  • Slow performance
  • No UK availability
title: Amazon Kindle Fire: Price / url: price

Amazon Kindle Fire:Price

While the Kindle Fire has serious limitations, at $199 it remains astonishingly good value for money; one of the best tech bargains of the modern era.

The price alone gives users the first true dilemma of the tablet era. Forget the expensive Moto Xooms and HTC Flyers of the world, This is the true alternative to the iPad.

In a head-to-head battle the Apple still wipes the floor with Amazon’s tablet, but this isn’t a head-to-head battle anymore. Tablet fanciers have a legitimate choice. It’s not Apple vs Android; it’s premium and near perfect vs dirt cheap and pretty darn good.

Amazon Kindle Fire:Verdict

When reviewing the Amazon Kindle Fire we found ourselves constantly revisiting the price point and, with that firmly in mind, were probably willing to cut it more slack than we might have had it cost the same as the Motorola Xoom, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

There's no Android Market, but it's only £125. There's no GPS, but it's only £125. The same can be said for the less-than-stellar innards and paltry storage.

The limitations we've mentioned are plentiful, but Amazon has just about struck the right balance to the point where the device still receives a solid overall thumbs-up.

The Kindle Fire is no miracle worker, but the compromises the company has made in order to keep the price low are a good trade-off.

Afterall, despite what's missing, it's still a very well-crafted and enjoyable device to use, packed with functionality and brimming with easily accessible multimedia content.

Things like the display, touchscreen and user interface have no right being as good as they are at this price.

It's not close to being an iPad killer, but by knocking down boundaries and attracting those who've been edging towards their first tablet but have so far struggled to justify the cost while appealing to those Kindle reader graduates, it will become the first tablet to sell on anything like the same scale.

To that end, it's the iPad's first true rival.