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Update coming in less than two weeks for Amazon Kindle Fire

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Update coming in less than two weeks for Amazon Kindle Fire
Sure, the Amazon Kindle Fire has been selling like the plate of proverbial hotcakes and is expected to be the top selling non-Apple tablet this quarter. But the growing legion of buyers is turning into a growing number of complaints with users upset with laggy touch-screen responsiveness and poor performance of the tablet in general. There is also no privacy to users of the tablet who can easily see what prior users were up to on the device. As a result, Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener promised the New York Times that an update to repair many of the problems would be sent out within two weeks. Amazon had already updated the tablet to software version 6.2 last month. Additionally, a usability expert by the name of Jakob Nielsen (no relation to the Nielsen ratings company) said that 7 inch tablets like the Kindle Fire, have many flaws.

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

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posted on 12 Dec 2011, 02:06

1. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yeah i have one..... but it looks like.everything is locked until you sign up to become an .amazon prime member which cost 80 bucks a year. The screen size is too small to watch netflix

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 07:44

4. kselders7 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


You do not have to purchase Amazon Prime. What is wrong with you people, can't you read?? They give you a free 30 day trial, when thats up, you can either cancel or enroll. It's that simple. Before you post comments, you need to do research, so you don't look so stupid...

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 04:57

2. longhairbilly (Posts: 61; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)


I am enjoying my Kindle Fire. I bought it to surf Google Reader while I watch TV. For that it works fine.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 07:42

3. vellcar (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


we wanted a cheaper tablet and AMAZON DELIVERED. for 199.00 this is a awesome buy. i use mine to play my music in the car and other things when i cant get to my laptop or expensive tablet. very pleased so far.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 07:57

5. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


i own both ipad2 and kindle fire, guess what i use my kindle fire about 90 percent of the time, the volume buttom complaint is stupid since you can just click on settings and lower the volume, the idiot who said you have to join amazon prime, didnt know what he was talking about. for 199 this was a great deal

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