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Complaints about the Kindle FireYeah, it's cheaper than the iPad, but you pay in other ways.
Until the Amazon Kindle Fire came along it looked like Apple would enjoy the same blowout in tablets it did with MP3 players. But a 7Ã¯Â¿Â½ tablet for under $200 bucks from a company you trust -- that got your attention. But that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t mean you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have issues with it. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C. with the Top 5 gripes you have with the Amazon Kindle Fire, according to a survey of 2,600 Kindle users by ChangeWave research. --------------- #5 is the one you see first: The screen size. 7Ã¯Â¿Â½ is, well, a lot less than 10. 10% of owners notice it and I bet most when watching -- or sharing -- a movie or video when that immersion in the action is just sort of impossible to obtain, unless you want to hold it 10Ã¯Â¿Â½ from your face. And that looks like youÃ¯Â¿Â½re into tablets way too much. #4 is a tie at 12% of replies: Lack of 3G/4G and the limited or Ã¯Â¿Â½curatedÃ¯Â¿Â½ selection of apps. Fire is Android based but that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t mean you have the whole Android app selection awaiting you. And the lack of 3G/4G means youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be working a cold sweat whenever youÃ¯Â¿Â½re away from a hotspot. Combine that with the small 8GB of internal storage, and thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s a lot of time spent sweaty. #3 15% of you said the battery life is too short. YouÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be lucky to get the promised 8 hours, where we readily got 12 on the iPad 2 in our tests. Again, smaller device, smaller price, smaller battery. But this and the Wi-Fi only thing conspire to keep you looking out of the corner of you eye for a place with wi-fi and a plug and that takes some of the mobile out of mobile. #2 21% of you said No Camera? I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t get this one. Who carries a Fire and not a smartphone that is imminently easier and less dorky to handle as a camera? Before we get to #1, what is the top thing Kindle Fire owners love about it? The $199 price. 59% pointed out that. A distant #2 was color screen cited by 31% who clearly came to the device from either a Kindle or the 19th century. The #1 thing that irks Fire folks about it is: No volume buttons! Seriously. 27% of you HATE having to go on screen to control volume -- gets old reall fast. Even button-hating Apple gives you volume rockers in iPad. When you head into a more button free territory than Apple, you know you need a second opinion. For lots of Kindle Fire How To tips, including Sharon VakÃ¯Â¿Â½s battery extending tips, head to howto.cnet.com. And for more...