Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Review
Middle of the road performance, but at a jaw-droppingly low price.
If there's an Achilles' heel to the Amazon Kindle Fire, it's the Amazon App Store. Despite its use of Android software, the Amazon Kindle Fire has access to only a tiny amount of apps that other Android-based tablets do, much like any of the countless knockoff budget Android tablets on the market. This is a big problem. Though the Amazon Kindle Fire does allow its users access to some of the most popular apps out there, there's also a few that are suspiciously missing, like YouTube. It should be interesting to see what kind of applications Amazon manages to make available to its users, but at the time of publish, this reviewer sees only a dearth of apps.
Other Internet Features
It's quite worthy of mention that the Amazon Kindle Fire is very obviously built as a platform for all the services provided by a Prime membership, including the Amazon cloud and streaming services. Many functions of the tablet seem a little handicapped at first, but once you set it loose with Prime, many of the remaining limitations for streaming or internet content is based in the lack of apps or licensing agreements Amazon has with networks for their content. To make the most of the internet features of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a Prime membership is a huge step.
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