Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
There are always "glitches" in software (normally called "bugs"). Several times recently there have been bugs found in Windows and Mac that have apparently existed for years without being discovered. The key phrase in my remarks was "Apple would never release a product with as many
(glitches, bugs, etc.)"
The Kindle Fire is a placeholder
product (rumour has it that the "real" 2.0 Fire is set for release in less than six months), and a bug fest extraordinaire.
I really don't understand all the idiots criticising DED for being "biased" here for that reason. The Kindle Fire has been hugely panned
in almost every review. It's an absolute piece of junk. Almost every
reviewer has given it poorer
marks and excoriated it even more
than DED does here.
This is a fair review and a reasonably positive
one given what everyone else is saying about it.
Anyone who thinks this is Daniel being "biased" needs a reality check.
Well, let's be fair here. To your words, "Apple would never release a product with as many bugs," have you been completely asleep the last several years? MobileMe, iOS 5 crashes and glitches, iCloud and iTunes Match syncing issues, iPhone 4's antenna problems, iPhone 4S's battery problems. Apple is a fine company, and certainly they have a reputation for quality, but they're not perfect, and they never will be. Whenever you add new code, you introduce the opportunity for bugs. That will always be the case, and Apple is no exception.
Now, to the fault of Amazon, the Kindle Fire review units were all using unfinished code, which became the basis of many of the early reviewers. Immediately on the day of the launch, Amazon released an update for the Fire that addresses many of the performance issues reviewers had been dealing with for over a week. If you pick up and use a Kindle Fire today, many of those complaints don't hold water. Also, Amazon *never* billed this device as an iPad killer. The only people who were disappointed when they found it it wasn't an iPad killer were the same reviewers that hyped it up as Amazon's iPad killer for weeks. Taken for what it is, the Kindle Fire is an unbelievable value product.
I don't dare claim this article is 'bias,' although let's face it - humans are bias by nature. If you can afford an iPad, get an iPad. There's nothing about the Kindle Fire that will pull you away from that experience. But it isn't fair to call it a "placeholder" product either. It's version 1.0 of a new line of products from Amazon, and while it's lacking in some key areas (storage, connectivity, UI inconsistencies, etc), it genuinely feels like a solid product with a future, unlike many of the other "iPad killers" that have come to market, like the HP Touchpad or the Blackberry PlayBook, which are both dead in the water. It also feels like a solid product with a story, with Amazon's cloud services powering an Apple-like end-to-end experience, unlike just about every other Android-based tablet on the market.
For something that costs less than half the price of an entry-level iPad, you get a piece of hardware that looks and feels good in the hand, yet is humble and does not try to be what it isn't. It's a portal for digital content, with a rich ecosystem of services at a price that undercuts just about every tablet device being sold on the market. Best of all, it has a future in an ever-increasing flood of devices and manufacturers that are all trying to compete in the wrong areas.
Does the Kindle Fire revolutionize the world? No. Will it drive away sales from the iPad? Probably not. Will Amazon sell millions of these things and make a boat load of cash from the increase in Amazon content and services sold to consumers? You bet your butt they will. I did. I'm a satisfied customer.
(And just to deflect some of the impending nonsense, yes, I have used the iPad before. And yes, I use an iPhone. I've bought four of them, actually, on two different networks. So clearly, I go for the best product for my needs.)