Unfortunately, some of the criticism has been directed at hardware design issues that were done to save money to keep the cost of the tablet down. The lack of a volume control knob or button can lead to a problem if a given app does not offer a way to control the sound. Some are also complaining about the 7 inch size of the display, which some see as too big for a smartphone but too small for a tablet. These types of hardware issues will have to wait for a new tablet as hardware cannot be changed via an update. There is speculation that a 10 inch tablet will be launched by Amazon early next year. Besides the larger screen size, the new tablet might address some of the other hardware issues as well.
Despite the complaints, the Amazon Kindle Fire could sell as many as 5 million copies this quarter after Amazon increased its order for product. The tablet was launched on November 15th and users rely on Amazon to purchase content, apps and cloud storage. A recent report estimated that the Amazon Kindle Fire will be the best selling Android tablet in the current quarter, trailing only the Apple iPad in overall U.S. tablet sales.
source: NYTimes via electronista