So far I have to say the Fire is worth the money. When I looked at the iPad and really thought about what I would use it for, the Fire is able to do all those things and more for a fraction of the cost. The basic iPad is $499 and my Fire was $199.
Because the price is so low on the Fire, Amazon actually loses money but is banking on the content it sells to be the thing that makes it profitable. They offer one month of Amazon Prime for free when you first get the Fire.
Prime gives you free 2-day shipping on many items and access to TV and movies. But after looking over the selection of the TV and movies, I found there were some things I would watch but not sure if it’s worth paying a fee to have access. They have added that you can borrow a book every month as part of the Prime which is appealing.
This allows you 1 book a month and you can keep it longer if you haven’t finished but if you read quickly and finish, you can’t get a new one till the next month. I am still on the fence about if I want to make this investment.
About the only negative I have found is the battery life isn’t as good as the regular Kindle. Since I also have an iPhone if there is anything the iPad can do that I might be missing, my phone seems to be picking up those pieces.
Overall I’m finding what I use it for, it’s great and I have already recommended it to friends.
Tell me what you think; have you used the Fire and do you like it?
- Kindle Fire or iPad 2? (gizmodo.com)
- App downloads are (Kindle) Fire-d up! – GigaOm (gigaom.com)
- The Tech-pert: 5 Things You Should Know About the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s New Tablet (savings.com)
Sandy Miller has been helping clients with marketing and advertising projects for over 15 years. In that time I have seen lots of changes but nothing as exciting as the introduction of social media.