A first look at Amazon Kindle Fire's unique UI, cloud-accelerated Silk browser
0. phoneArena 28 Sep 2011, 10:42 posted on
The Amazon Kindle Fire arrived with a splash in the form of industry daring $199 price tag. And by industry, we mean mostly the iPad, but there’s something else special about this 7-inch tablet…
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1. E. Ash (unregistered)
As a long-time user of Opera Mini on my phone, the Silk browser doesn't get me that excited. I've been using a cloud-streamed, accelerated, low-bandwidth browser for over a year. I don't like that Amazon is locking the tablet down as much as they are (not that Cyanogen won't fix that, hopefully enabling the Android Market, too). My biggest hope for this is to see drops in the outrageous prices of the Tab 8.9 and other competing sub-10 tablets. This could be the price break that starts a big price shift, and that excites me.
3. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
totally agree,hopefully this sells out quckly that other tablet makers have to bring there price down...this is good news for the consumers
9. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im with ya on that. I hope this thing is massively successful so that way it deflates the pricing of tablets across the board.
2. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
for 200 dollars you cant complain...never really ever cared for a tablet...think anymore than 300 is too much for something that is esentially just a big phone with no radios...if this does come to the UK for less than £200 pound i might just get one.....
6. rkhi (unregistered)
I completely agree with taz89 : at £400, it is hard to justify buying an iPad or tablet which is convenient but hardly necessary (when you have a decent smartphone & a laptop); at £200 or less, it becomes an almost impulse purchase & Amazon will break into a new 'class' of customer with this product...and it might just bring down the price of competitors products.
12. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I agree with you on the price thing but to say there just a big version of a phone is kinda misleading. Because size of the screen is a huge difference. That's like saying a 15 inch television is pretty much the same as a 46 inch LCD or led hd tv. The size of the screen means a huge difference in user experience for all kinds of things. Games are a big example of a different experience. I play a lot of find it somewhere in the scene mystery games and to say it's better on my iPad is an understatement. Same with reading a book, or watching a movie. I here this a lot and although true it's just a bigger version of a phone it's a huge difference in the big picture. Pun intended
4. SoyCider (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
darn I bought Kindle only 2 months ago for $130 :s
5. Epitome of Perfection (unregistered)
A tablet that got watered down to half the function and half the power of some of the top tablets on the market right now, for just $200? It's a good deal if you're not demanding for other excessive functionalities. I doubt Kindle Fire would still get slammed for rather short specs sheet.
10. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its meant as an ereader with web capability first and foremost. its not in the same market as say an ipad or a galaxy Tab. Most of what people use these things for is media, browsing, and games. It has enough horsepower to get all the media functions done.
7. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)
This is great .$200 for a 7" tablet. There really is not reason to spend $400-500 on any other tablet except an ipad. Samsung,Htc , and others are gonna be screwed once this drops
8. Heatfan316 (Posts: 497; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I think this tablet will be a true competitor, and like taz89 said force the competition to lower prices if they want to compete.
11. playman (unregistered)
Seeing most of 7" android Tablet/MID Manufacture to price around US$150-250, I really hope that this price would mark the era of the explosive growth for 7" devices.
PS: no wonder sale of RIM playbook were not good. It's too expensive for 7" MID. I wonder how much damage have RIM done @ 300.
14. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
It's has the possibility of being a game changer.
Does the browser support most security formats? Can I pay bills with it? If I can pay bills and buy products from websites other than Amazon, then maybe the laptop can mostly be ignored.
How do I upload 350 GB of music to Amazon's cloud? Because I want access to all of my media all of the time.
Since my data will be throttled every month, how does Amazon account for browser speed under such circumstances?
In a world of throttled and capped data, the cloud is not a viable option.
16. Beltway Bill (unregistered)
Its a Amazon... Nook Color. The biggest limitation user will find is the same. No audio input or mic if you want to Skype or chat voice.
17. Gamma Sharma (unregistered)
Its not the price of the device/ hardware that's profitable (which can be copied by any Chinese me too version) but the price of the Amazon service that really gonna be the selling point of this Cloud service.
Apple will soon follow suit with a more affordable devise backed with its cloud computing.
Only wish office documents can be edited with the device and not to mention a video calling hardware and software services were available too.
18. Fat Papi (unregistered)
I believe that the new Amazon (Kindle Fire) is just glorified Barnes and Noble (Nook)