Complaints about the Kindle Fire
Complaints about the Kindle Fire
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Complaints about the Kindle Fire

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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 7� tablet for under $200 bucks from a company you trust -- that got your attention. But that doesn�t mean you don�t have issues with it. I�m 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. 7� 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 10� from your face. And that looks like you�re into tablets way too much. #4 is a tie at 12% of replies: Lack of 3G/4G and the limited or �curated� selection of apps. Fire is Android based but that doesn�t mean you have the whole Android app selection awaiting you. And the lack of 3G/4G means you�ll be working a cold sweat whenever you�re away from a hotspot. Combine that with the small 8GB of internal storage, and that�s a lot of time spent sweaty. #3 15% of you said the battery life is too short. You�ll 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 don�t 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 Vak�s battery extending tips, head to howto.cnet.com. And for more...

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