Monday, December 12, 2011

Kindle Unkindness: NYT

The New York Times is saying the Kindle Fire is a dud.  I do not agree, but read this and I'll be back later to talk about why they have it all wrong.  Or tell me your thoughts in the comments below.  Remember to tell me if you actually HAVE a Kindle Fire.  And you might want to mention is you have an iPad and if you're comparing it to that device.

"The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success with many of its early users. The most disgruntled are packing the device up and firing it back to the retailer.

A few of their many complaints: there is no external volume control. The off switch is easy to hit by accident. Web pages take a long time to load. There is no privacy on the device; a spouse or child who picks it up will instantly know everything you have been doing. The touch screen is frequently hesitant and sometimes downright balky.

All the individual grievances — recorded on Amazon’s own Web site — received a measure of confirmation last week when Jakob Nielsen, a usability expert, denounced the Fire, saying it offered “a disappointingly poor” experience. For users whose fingers are not as slender as toothpicks, he warned, the screen could be particularly frustrating to manipulate."

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