Kindle Fire Poorly Received Thus Far
Perhaps I should be glad I removed the Kindle Fire from my Christmas list. After all, I never got that "I have to have it" vibe and a new iPhone sounded better anyway (Siri, prepare for some late-night weirdness). In theory though, it sounded like something I would have enjoyed--especially since it has browsing capabilities and I could have cut back on the amount I spend on comic books by going digital.
Now it turns out that I might have dodged a proverbial bullet after reading the myriad of complaints regarding the product, from both critics and customers alike. "What complaints?" you may ask. Here's the laundry list so far:
-There is no external volume control.
-The off switch is easy to hit by accident.
-Web pages take a long time to load.
-There is no privacy on the device; anyone who picks it up will instantly know everything you have been doing.
-The touch screen is frequently hesitant and sometimes downright balky.
-It isn't an iPad.
Usability expert, Jakob Nielson, trashed the Fire, saying it offered a "poor experience" and even went as far as to claim the older Kindle wins when it comes to reading books. In short, Amazon has regressed in their bread and butter category of eReading. "I feel the Fire is going to be a failure," Nielson said. "I can't recommend buying it."
Amazon, of course, is well aware of the negative feedback and is attempting to shush naysayers with promises of improvement. Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Amazon, recently commented, "In less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire." This update is said to improve navigation, functionality, and will give the user the ability to edit the list of items that show what they've recently been doing.
As with most first generation items, it looks like Amazon still has some bugs to sort out. Kindle Fire is reported to be selling well--well enough to warrant the manufacturing of more units, according to Amazon. However, as a consumer, it might be a good idea to wait until these issues are ironed out before dropping the cash to get one.
So LitReactors, anyone out there own a Kindle Fire and care to share their experience?
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