So I thought I would answer the question today of what you can and can't do on Amazon's new Kindle Fire.
I received mine as a gift have since had the pleasure of reading a few eBooks from device.
The device itself is no more than a few millimeters thick as weighs about as much as a large novel and has a matte black finish that feels very smooth to the touch.
The only actual button the user can press is the on/off button found on top of the device the remainder of the interaction is handled through the touch screen interface commonly found on the smartphones most people use nowadays.
The standard version of the Kindle Fire interfaces to the outside world through two different methods, either a Wifi link or a physical USB cable.
To unlock the full potential of the device you will need a fairly good internet connection which is available over Wifi for your device to connect to, as you will be forced to sign up to the Amazon Cloud when the device is first powered on.
Once you have joined Amazon you will have access to an amazing software application store allowing you to find programs like Alarm clocks, calendars, and games. Many of the applications will need to be purchased which is a process resembling most online purchases handled today whilst there are a range of applications that will be available free of charge!
Mix the full colour screen, a powerful internal processor and twin speakers found at the bottom of the device and the Kindle closely resembles many of the expensive tablets sold today!
Check your emails, play games, watch movies from Youtube, browse the internet, read a range of different document types including eBooks, the list goes on!
The device is available through a number of outlets with the basic model selling for a little over R2000.
Here are the device specifications as found on Wikipedia.com.
|Release date||November 15, 2011 (USA)
September 6, 2012 (Europe)
December 18, 2012 (Japan)
|Units sold||7 million (as of October 2012)|
|Operating system||Android OS First Gen: 2.3 (customized: 6.3.2_user_4110520)
Second Gen: (customized: 10.3.1_user_3130720)
|CPU||Texas Instruments OMAP 44430 1.2 GHz Dual Core ARMCortex-A9|
|Storage capacity||8 GB|
|Memory||512 MB RAM (1st gen.)
1 GB RAM (2nd gen.)
|Display||7 inch multi-touch Gorilla Glassdisplay, 1024×600 at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Capacitive touch sensitive.|
|Connectivity||Micro-USB 2.0 (type B)
3.5 mm stereo socket
|Online services||Amazon Prime, Amazon Cloud Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon Instant video, Amazon Silk, Amazon App Store, Amazon Kindle Store|
|Dimensions||190 mm (7.5 in) H
120 mm (4.7 in) W
11.4 mm (0.45 in) D
|Weight||413 g (14.6 oz)|
|Successor||Kindle Fire HD|