Originally Posted by 'Apple
(1) It's fucking tiny, less than half the screen area of an iPad.
For movie content it's not much smaller and it's a 1024x600 IPS display. That's not bad. Web surfing is slightly degraded but its a usable aspect ratio for a tablet that also does portrait (vs a 1024x600 netbook that couldn't).
(2) No microphone, no Skype, no calls, no communication, no voice commands etc.
Seems a like a reasonable trade. I can get a Kindle Fire and a iPod Touch for the price of an iPad. If I don't do much content creation beyond email this is a reasonable trade for skype.
(3) Shorter battery life.
7-8 hours is reasonable. About the same as the iPod Touch.
(4) No real multitouch, only dual touch. This one is pretty important in my view.
This is the only killer and only for some games.
(5) Half the internal storage of even the lowest spec iPad.
Same as the $28 more expensive iPod Touch.
(6) iOS > Amazon's skinned Android
Depends on the skinning. It seems extensive.
(7) It's strictly a media consumption device. The iPad is that and more as it's also a productivity device being used and adopted by all sorts of businesses and enterprise and quite a few productivity apps do exist for the iPad in all different kinds of fields and areas.
Sure, so what? A large segment of the consumer market (Amazon's demographic) are just media consumers. Amazon could make 0 enterprise sales and be quite happy.
(8) 3:4 aspect ratio > 16:9 aspect ratio for tablets. 16:9 is better for movies, it's worse for everything else, including reading books, surfing, games etc.
It's actually a 10:6 aspect ratio.
If you want to buy an Amazon Kindle Fire, then go right ahead, nobody's stopping you. There is a certain market for such a tablet, but even an iPad 1 > Kindle Fire, don't kid yourself.
I would hope that an iPad 1 > Kindle Fire given it's more expensive. Even the refurb closeout was $100 more.