I spent some time the past couple of days going over the available information on Amazon's Kindle Fire – and having a friendly tiff with a friend who is an owner and avid fan of Apple's iPad. My findings from both:
- The Fire doesn't have a camera, but the iPad does. Opinion: who really wants a camera on something as bulky as a tablet?
- Both work on WiFi – although the iPad has an option to access the Web via AT&T or Verizon. Opinion: I don't like the add-on charge for such access. But I lament the WiFi only access for Fire.
- Amazon's app store is likely to be competition for Apple. And its cloud-based web access innovations should make downloads a lot faster.
- I wish Fire was a tad larger. But it's also lighter than both the iPad and the Kindle DX.
- Fire is touch based, as is the iPad.
- Fire cand handle email, web access, and WORD documents, giving it, as far as this writer is concerned, the best features of a laptop – something I'd hoped tablets would provide.
With this being said, the stage is now set for a complete revolution in book and magazine reading and publishing. So that's the direction in which this writer is headed.