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Is the Kindle Fire Truly an iPad Competitor?

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire was officially released yesterday (November 15th) and pre-orders started shipping out on the 14th. I was tempted to buy one, but decided to wait and see what people’s initial thoughts of it were.

When it was first announced, some were saying it was definitely going to be a competitor for the iPad because of its features and the $199 price point. But is it really? Can it compare to the Apple iPad?

Here are a few early reviews:

Kindle Fire, a Grown-Up E-Reader With Tablet Spark – [WSJ] “To be clear, the Kindle Fire is much less capable and versatile than the entry-level $499 iPad 2….But the Fire has some big things going for it.”

Kindle Fire Review: New Tablet Sacrifices To Get Under $200 – [Huffington Post] “So the Fire does justice to fiction and movies, but the iPad does better in almost every way, particularly in the selection of apps, which is about 50 times greater than the Fire’s.”

Amazon Kindle Fire review – [Engadget] “When stacked up against other popular tablets, the Fire can’t compete. Its performance is a occasionally sluggish, its interface often clunky, its storage too slight, its functionality a bit restricted and its 7-inch screen too limiting if you were hoping to convert all your paper magazine subscriptions into the digital ones. Other, bigger tablets do it better — usually at two or three times the cost.”

Kindle Fire review: Yes, it’s that good – [MSNBC] “So while we’re on the subject of iPad, let’s have the talk. No, the Kindle Fire is not anywhere close to being the precision machine that the iPad 2 is. There are no cameras and no microphone. The Fire’s screen is half the size of the iPad’s, and the Fire’s battery life isn’t as good, yet the Fire is still a hair thicker. The Fire interface, while seductively simple, lacks the nuances — the futuristic animations and fades — that keep Apple on top. ”

Kindle Fire Review: The iPad Finally Has Serious Competition – [Gizmodo] “The Kindle Fire is stuck between e-ink minimalism and gleaming iPad decadence. That could either make it the goofy middle child in the tablet family, or a singular wunderkind. But the Fire will not be overlooked. Apple: Be afraid.”

Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad’s First True Competitor [REVIEW] – [Mashable] “The $199 Amazon Kindle Fire is a worthy device. It’s not an iPad slayer, but it could be the first tablet to ably stand atop Mount Tabulous (or at least on a rock ledge just a few dozen feet lower) with Apple’s industry-dominating slab computer.”

After reading through dozens of reviews, some says it’s definitely an Apple iPad competitor and some say it’s no where close. Interesting.

Did you purchase the Kindle Fire? If so, let us know what your thoughts on it are.

It also should be noted that today is the release of Barnes and Noble’s new NOOK tablet, which is pricier than the Kindle Fire at $249.

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