Kindle Fire: First Impressions

I’ve been playing with this for about two hours since I got it. This is my first Kindle device, I’ve had iPhones and laptops and never felt the need for for an iPad, but I had a lot of Amazon gift certificates, so I pulled the trigger on the fire.

Hardware: It’s a very solid unit, built well with soft-touch matte back and a great 1024×600 IPS screen. Not the brightest, but bright enough to view in a well-lit office with no problem. My only beef here is that the screen isn’t oleophobic, and seems to smudge up pretty quickly.

Books: I don’t mind reading on an LCD screen, so no problems here. Your mileage may vary.

Comics: I tried over a dozen comics using both ComiXology and scans read through ComiCat. On all but one (the new Batman #1) I could read whole pages without zooming. Batman used some some low-contrast text (black on a brown background) and two-page spreads which made it tough to read, but I had no problem with anything else.

Video: Amazon video works well, but the quality varies: Dr. Who looks very artifacted, but Fringe looks great. No problems with Netflix at all, and better quality.

Web: If Silk is “accelerated”, I don’t see it. Fast enough to be usable, and easy enough to download apps not offered in the android market.

Anyway, if you have any questions or anything you want me to try, ask away.
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