Nano-Fondle: Kindle Fire

I’m not really interested in this device but I was able to see it in Staples. Unfortunately, it was locked down in Demo Mode and there was no WiFi.

It’s said Amazon used the template for the Blackberry Playbook for this. There was also a Playbook nearby. The Fire felt better in my hand.

I still don’t know what to make of this device. The lack of card expansion irritates me, especially for a device based on Android (of course, webOS lacks card expansion too, so maybe there’s a clue to the future there?). Overall, it’s not the kind of tablet I envisioned Amazon releasing.

I suppose buying this is a safe choice for people or just irresistible to all those Amazon Prime members. I just have no desire for it or interest in it.

Previously in this fondle series:

Fondle: Nook Tablet
Nano-Fondle: eInk Devices
Nano-Fondle: Windows Phone And More
Nano-Fondle: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

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  1. The iPad has never had an SD card either. But the iPad starts with 16 gigs and Amazon should have gone with that. But they didn’t, and I know many who really love using it, nevertheless.

    Other, pure Android ones, are picked up by, say, non-Android-aware people (most people) and they get it home and say, “What do I do now?”

    This one they open up, and they’re led to a lot of content that people who buy multimedia tablets (without wanting to hack them or test them to their limits) really do like. The Entertainment idea is not a bad one.

    Nevertheless, with only 6.5 gigs available to a customer’s files, some who were counting on bringing a few movie files along on a family trip will find they can’t, and that’s something I would have argued against if I were at Amazon.

    The type of buyer or family that buys these may want to use their own files when away from the Cloud but they’re also the ones who will look often for new entertainment. They should not have short-shrifted them with 8 gigs.

    While the tablet will still be a VERY popular item, this was either a miserly decision or one made by people who don’t know how quickly you can fill up 6.5 gigs with today’s multimedia — or it might have been the problem of the small add’l cost not allowing a killer $199 price vs points against a larger card, which would include a larger dependency on the Amazon Cloud.

    It might have been the straw that would make it even harder to justify to stockholders that the cost of making these is higher than the sales price. (I don’t believe, though, that they lose money on the material parts and basic assembly because they have the clout to get lowest volume pricing on the parts, and guesstimators are using normal discounted pricing.)

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