Summary: Before you rush out and spend your hard-earned money, I'd like to caution you. There's some nice reasons you might NOT need to buy a brand spanking new Kindle Fire.
Reason 1: Out-of-date Android
The single largest reason you might not need to buy a brand spanking new Kindle Fire is because it's most likely going to be running the elderly two.1 Eclair version of Android. For those keeping track, that's actually0 revs behind the current tablet Android release, three.2 Honeycomb. There was 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7, 3.0 Honeycomb, 3.1, and, finally, 3.2.
All indications are that Amazon has custom-made their version of Android, but still, that means you're fundamentally running something years obsolete.
Reason 2: It's not Android
If you're interested in the Kindle Fire because it's an Android tablet made by Amazon, think again. Because Amazon is likely to be hacking it up and making it their own, anything you need to run from the actual Android world may or may not run on the Fire.
And, from a more geopolitical point of view, Amazon is adding more fork in the already twisted road of Android distributions.
On hand, they're taking advantage of an open surroundings, which is what open is all about. On the other hand, they're specifically not working and playing well with others, to the harm of the whole ecosystem.
Reason 3: No Netflix? Netflix has had a choppy history with Android devices. This isn't the company's fault. It's that they much must make a brand spanking new player for each new tool, and that's plenty of coding.
In case you visit the Amazon Appstore for Android, you'll notice there's no Netflix player. There's a few queue management apps there, but no actual playback player. This might not be by accident.
Since Amazon is going all out providing content through their own Prime and instant video services, they're unlikely to need to give Netflix a foothold in to their surroundings. So, that means in case you get the Fire, you might not be able to play Netflix movies or TV on it.
Reason 4: Who desires a BlackBerry PlayBook hand-me-down? According to Ryan Block over at gdgt, the 'new' Kindle Fire is a BlackBerry PlayBook with some new application. The Fire was apparently designed opportunistically by the same company, Quanta, that did the PlayBook ' & it's fundamentally the same hardware.
Now, I must say I like the form-factor of the PlayBook, but they know the device hasn't resonated with consumers.
Do you require to buy hand-me-down hardware that's already failed in the marketplace one time?
Reason 5: This might be a 'placeholder' device We're also seeing indications that the Fire is being brought to market so Amazon has a tablet play ' not because this is the best design or hardware they could field.
If you've looked at how the Kindle itself has evolved, the original Kindle is a substantially more primitive machine than the current e-ink Kindle.
Most likely, Amazon is working on a much better device than the they're announcing today ' & when they ship that, you'll feel bad that you bought this.
Reason 6: A new Nook is coming out soon We're also hearing rumors that there's a new, faster, better, cheaper color Nook coming out in the next month or so, & that Amazon is announcing the Fire as a way of pre-empting that announcement.
The thing is, the Nook color has been something of a pleasant surprise, & it's likely that the new Nook color would be a substantial improvement on an already fine product.
One time you receive a glance at the new Nook color, you may regret your purchase of the Kindle Fire.
Reason 7: It's probably going to be pricey Update: The rumors were wrong on this. The Kindle fire is $199. As I mentioned below, that was the cost to meet. Color me impressed. At this cost, the Kindle fire may well be a game-changer.
Tablets are pricey hardware to produce. The iPad, which starts at about $500, is at the top of the line for what consumers will tolerate. As they saw with the TouchPad fire sale, it's only when tablets get down to the hundred buck range that they start to excite consumers.
We're hearing the Kindle Fire will be $250 or $300, & ' at that cost ' it's not bang for the buck. And, you know Amazon will also hold a Fire sale, & the cost will come down repeatedly over the approaching months.
Honestly, anything over about $199 is going to be pricey for what the Kindle Fire offers.
Reason 8: No Android App store
While you'll probably be able to get all the apps you require from Amazon's Appstore, you won't be able to get apps from the canonical Google Android App store that ought to be available to all Android users.
That also means you're going to be getting special or custom or possibly nerfed versions of apps, because they're specifically meant for the Fire & not for the wider Android ecosystem.
Reason 9: Amazon might not be prepared for this
The Kindle was clearly an appliance, in that it did thing & did it marginally well. Tablets, on the other hand, are actually general-purpose computers. Definite, companies like Apple have tried to lock the machines down to meet their corporate doctrines, but the device still needs to be able to run lots of different applications.
Amazon has never had to deal with supporting hardware that runs application other than their own. This is new ground for them. Granted, they've managed to generate a complete ecosystem out of the Kindle format, but what happens when they must deal with far more general app & compatibility questions?
I don't think this is going to be a deal-breaker, but in case you think you're going to require support, for specialized apps, you may require to buy a tablet from a company with more experience selling general-purpose devices.
Then there's the query of supporting services. They already discussed Netflix. But what in case you require to run Google Apps? What in case you require to run DropBox, & that conflicts with Amazon's own cloud services? What in case you require to make use of a Microsoft cloud offering? What in case you also require to access movies & music bought from Apple?
In case you require to make use of a service that competes with Amazon, will you be locked out of doing so on the Kindle Fire?
Reason 10: It's not an iPad
Well, you knew this was going to must be mentioned, didn't you? After all, the iPad is pounding all other tablets in to the ground. In case you require a unified ecosystem with large numbers of apps, along with a tiny snob-appeal, you're probably going to require an iPad, not some hand-me-down retread of the failed BlackBerry PlayBook.
Reason 11: You're going to require money for the iPhone five
& there's your penultimate reason. They now think the iPhone five will be announced next week, & you know you're going to require to rush out & buy. In case you spend your money on a Kindle Fire, you might not have left to buy the iPhone five.
Nah, you're a gadget junkie. You'll get both!
Reason 12: You're going to buy much from Amazon
Our own James Kendrick has another reason you might not require the Kindle Fire. They contends it'll be simple to buy more stuff. They may have a point.
Final thoughts I guess the bottom-line is that in case you like the Amazon services & much require to be tied down to that suite of services, you're fine with the Fire.
Otherwise, you may require to wait & see how others like the device.