Hi, I'm Jonathan. I come to you from the historical city of Charleston, SC. I have a thing for technology, movies, TV, music, and talented ladies named Emma, Taylor, and Zooey. I mostly just share things that I find interesting.
My take on Kindle Fire
If you weren’t aware, I was very excited about the Kindle Fire before it was released. I preordered one with the hope that it would be as good as I wanted it to be. I figured I could always return it if it was terrible. I’ve been using it since Tuesday so I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I think.
First, let me explain why I was excited about owning a Kindle Fire. And let me just say that I feel like a grade-A, first world asshole for the next few sentences. I have two computers: a Mac Pro and an 11-inch MacBook Air. I use them equally. The Mac Pro I use for longer, focused sessions of development, and the MacBook for travelling and working in bed/on the couch. The point is that when I am sitting in front of a computer I am either working or trying to work (for the most part). I also have an iPhone which I naturally take everywhere. I do technically have an iPad, but it does not belong to me. My boss ordered a few at work a while back and he gave me one. I read the entire Harry Potter series and the first two “Girl with…” books on my iPad. If I hadn’t had it I wouldn’t have been able to read that much in such a short period of time (all of them this year). However, while reading on an iPad is far superior to reading a physical book, in my opinion, it still isn’t that great of an experience. The iPad is rather large and difficult to hold for long periods of time. When I am not reading, the iPad sits unused. This is why I was excited to try out the Fire. I’ve always wanted to read more and while the iPad helped with that I felt like it could be even better with a smaller device.
I will now attempt to give you an idea of the different things you can do with a Kindle Fire and how well each of those things work.
Why I am excited about Kindle Fire
Let me start off by saying that I own Amazon stock and I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire last week. If you think that makes me biased then feel free to stop reading.
Still with me? Okay, good. Amazon’s new $200 tablet, the Kindle Fire, starts shipping today (one day early). Many early reviews are in, and the general consensus is the Fire is good, but not as good as the iPad. I have an issue with this comparison. I honestly do not believe Amazon is making the Kindle Fire to compete with the Apple over the tablet space. However, I do think they are competing with Apple in another arena: content.
One of the biggest reasons why the iPad is so successful is the iOS ecosystem (or as Tim Cook calls it, the “experience”). Apple makes it so easy to buy everything from them. Apps, movies, music, and now even newspaper and magazines are just one tap away. Out of all of the other tablets on the market (and trust me, there are a bunch of them), none of them have been able to make a dent in the iPad’s dominance. Why? Because companies like Samsung and Asus do not have any content to sell. They rely on Google’s Marketplace for apps and third party apps for everything else.
Guess who does have content to sell. Yup, Amazon. They have a ton of it to sell. If the Kindle Fire’s hardware is any good, their customization of Android isn’t terrible, and you add in Amazon’s vast array of content services, I believe you will have a really good product on your hands.