Originally Posted by Bregalad
As others have noted it's possible to have a very usable interface on a 3.5" screen or a 7" screen. It's also possible to have a completely unusable UI even on a 27" screen. It comes down to execution.
I've had a Kindle Fire for a few weeks now, and I think, while it isn't as good as an iPad, it isn't nearly as bad as this article implies.
Web browsing on the Fire is poor with the default settings, but is so much better with a few changes, such as turning off accelerated page loading (i.e., cloud-enhanced browsing) and enabling plug-ins on demand. And one can set a preference for either desktop or mobile view or optimize-for-each-site, which works pretty well.
The original OS version that I used, 6.1, had poor touch response and calibration in the UI. For example, I had to aim high to activate the web links I wanted. Recently Amazon issued release 6.2, which improved UI usability and stability. Now I aim dead center at links and rarely miss, even with pages in desktop view.
The Fire works really well for some things, like watching video, reading books and listening to music. Game play varies by title; some are great, but others aren't nearly as good as the iOS version. The Fire is too small for reading magazines in page view, I think, but text view works fine.
So the Fire isn't an iPad killer. But if someone wants to use digital content from Amazon and has the temperament and technical aptitude of a proficient early adopter, it's pretty good. We'll see whether Amazon continues to make usability improvements, which I think would be necessary to appeal to a broader audience.