Just got a Kindle Fire a few days ago. I have owned my first generation iPad for awhile now. So, time to compare these two devices.
So, let’s start with the annoying things about the Fire.
- Heavier than I thought it would be, but lighter than iPad.
- Shiny screen, like the iPad, so lots of glare.
- Amazon App store is lacking. For instance, there was no Dropbox app there. I was able to manually install it though.
- WiFi is not easy to set up. I can’t figure out how to get connected to the corporate network. It works fine on a home WiFi, but has issues with things that require certificates or even ones that require a confirmation page to attach.
- Power button location is horrible and too easy to press. I have a silicone cover on order, so hopefully that will provide protection from accidental powering off.
- No Text-to-Speech capability for books. This is a major bummer as it is one reason you might want an actual Kindle versus any of the Kindle app readers. Had I read this beforehand, probably would not have ordered this. (I hastily ordered it when it was massively discounted one day. I got a refurb for $134 net price, delivered. I should have done more research first, but didn’t want it to sell out before I snagged one.)
- Thicker than an iPad. A lot thicker.
Things I like:
- It’s a good size. Big enough to read on, easier to hold with one hand. A good in between size when you want to read on something bigger than an iPhone but smaller than iPad.
- I like the Carousel concept. Is this an Android thing? Or just a Fire thing? I like it either way.
- Good battery life.
- Easy to copy files to it from your computer if you plug it in. (Micro USB cable sold separately.) iTunes is a pain so it’s nice to not have to use that.
- One free month of Amazon Prime. I’m taking advantage of that!
I am too lazy to return it and I’m sure it will be handy to have an Android device, so I am keeping it. If you have no iPad I suppose it is more useful. If someone offered me $150 in cash for it, I would probably sell it and then get an eInk Kindle with Text-to-Speech.
Disclosure: I directly own shares of Apple stock. I may or may not have a vested interest in Amazon stock, depends on what my mutual funds are into these days. Haven’t checked lately.