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Q: What do you think of the Amazon Fire?

  • 36%
    Great! It's the perfect balance of price and functionality. I want one

  • 24%
    It's interesting, but I'd rather have a full-blown Android tablet or an iPad

  • 15%
    Not bothered. It's nothing but an overgrown eReader

  • 25%
    What's the Amazon Fire?


(Based on 393 Votes)

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PC Advisor

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Lasarian

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Really like the Fire with one key exception - the much reduced battery life. That takes it into low-level Android tablet territory, as a result its not quite the slam dunk it should be. Plus one reservation, just how good is the screen to read on for a few hours compared to the e-Ink screens of the Touch? Right now for people who read a lot the new basic Kindle looks great value, but I look forward to seeing reviews after the Fire is released.

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buteman

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Covergirl

Yes but only in the UK.

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Covergirl

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Sorry, but everytime I see this thread title I keep wanting to write "I didn't know Amazon had had a fire - will this affect delivery?".

Again, sorry.

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Bingalau

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Just visited the Amazon site and lo and behold... a cheaper Kindle for only £89. Plus a small reduction in the price of the normal Kindle. Can't be bad! Click on link below, I hope.....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/browse.html?node=468294

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Bingalau

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john bunyan. Treat yourself and buy both, because as they say "You can't take it with you".

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john bunyan

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john bunyan

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Bingalau. I am torn between a reasonably priced "normal" Kindle (not touch) purely as a good book reader, or waiting for the Fire, which does much more albeit with a much shorter battery life. It is only just launched in USA.

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Bingalau

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john bunyan. I am wondering if, like me, you are getting mixed up with the "Kindle Touch"? I think the "Kindle Touch" will probably take over from the present Kindle e-book reader. But it may take a while. (trust them to bring out an upgrade when I have not long bought one).

The "Kindle Fire" means nothing to me because I just want my normal desk top computer and I am guessing this "Fire" thing is one of these all singing all dancing pocket size computers. I think you are probably more "into" computers than e-book readers.

I'm waiting to see what happens next now, before I commit to buying another Kindle for a Christmas present for a relative.
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john bunyan

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I was about to buy a Kindle book reader, but may wait for the Fire- colour screen etc. Still want it primarily as a book reader.

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mark2

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I have the original 7" galaxy tab, I don't see anything in the Kindle fire to tempt me away, It's my phone, ebook reader, gps system and internet connection when out and about.

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STREETWORK

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Perhaps we can have one on trial and then answer the origional question...

just a thought...

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Crosstrainer2

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I've changed my mind dramatically, it will sell by the truckload if priced right on UK release. It will do pretty much everything the iPad will do apart from the camera side of things, and the Amazon site will sell them in droves.

At $199.00 its a steal.....Watch the UK pricing go way off, that would see it struggle here i think. If they price it correctly....Well below a base iPad, then its impressive....Might get one myself!

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Armchair

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I think I'll remain untrendy, and stick with my clunky desktop PC.

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morddwyd

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Is Amazon getting big enough to affect Google?

Merger or takeover on the cards?

Much symbiosis between the two, why share profits?

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interzone55

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UK Price

Amazon seem to think the same as Adobe, assuming the Dollar is worth £1, so they've just added VAT to the Dollar price.

The new keyboardless Kindle is £89 in the UK, but only $79 in the US, assuming this exchange rate I'd say the Fire will be about £240.

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morddwyd

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Just bought a 7" (Galaxy) only last week, so I will have to wait awhile before I can justify (or afford) one!

Otherwise I would definitely be interested.

What's going to be the killer IT product over the coming consumer frenzy season?

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buteman

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Not got a clue about this but it said it said it works with Cloud in the USA.

As I have not got a clue as to what cloud is but it did say it was because Cloud is used mainly in the US that is why it was being sold there first.

It did say that the UK does not or maybe does not use Cloud and if so What will we use to operate it.

So will that make our version different from the ones sold in the USA.

At that time of year I am not sure if I should get on for the Big kid [Me] or the little kid [my Grandson.]

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Quickbeam

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I though that Brazil had burned down without me catching it on the news.

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OTT_B

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Oooooooo. Tempting. Very tempting.

But I think I'll risk waiting a larger screen version.

It will be interesting to what the UK price will be for the Fire. £190 is my guess. For a 10" version (assuming it arrives), £240. Here's hoping!

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interzone55

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I'm very tempted by the Fire.

I've had a Kindle for a little while now and it's stupendously good for reading, much better than the Sony PRS-350 I bought last year.

If Amazon can design an ebook reader this good then I can't wait to see what they've done with Android

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daz60

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Think i will wait for a 10 inch version.

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Forum Editor

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Crosstrainer2

"I don't think the Amazon offering is likely to sell in huge numbers"

I think the exact opposite - it will sell by the millions. I believe Amazon has been inundated with pre-release enquiries. The Fire will sell on the Amazon web site, and as Amazon is an American company it's understandable that the American market - which is much bigger - should get a chance to have the device first. It will be a question of production capacity, and provided the price point is right demand will outstrip supply.

The Fire is being widely predicted to outsell the iPad this autumn/winter, and I have a sneaking feeling that it might just do that. It's important to understand one extremely important fact when assessing this launch - Amazon probably couldn't care less if it makes a profit on these devices or not.

As the world's largest online retailer Amazon really cares about selling content, and the Kindle Fire will sit there, just asking for that 'One Click' purchasing decision. Once the Fire in in your hands, so to speak, Amazon will be waiting with all that lovely content, also just a click away.

You couldn't dream up a better marketing strategy if you tried.

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Crosstrainer2

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An iPad its not. I have just added to my Apple kit with a brand new Macbook AIr 13" The SSD is so fast and the gestures make it the perfect companion to my iMac.

I don't think the Amazon offering is likely to sell in huge numbers, but it is cheap $199.00 over on the Mac forums. USA only at first, which seems to be the wrong way around to me.....Why not release it in Europe and let the likes of Tesco sell it as they did with the original Kindle?

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Forum Editor

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If it's as good as the description, and if it sells at a reasonable price - £250 would be good - it will fly off the shelf.

I want one as soon as it's available.

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buteman

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Looks like it is only going to be released in the USA to start with.

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Color-Multi-touch-Display-Wi-Fi/dp/B0051VVOB2/ref=amblink3575755627/180-5957263-6093722?pfrdm=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pfrds=gateway-center-column&pfrdr=1YT6S16KGTF1Y2JSW17G&pfrdt=101&pfrdp=1321411382&pfrd_i=507846

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