This is why I’m never first out the door to buy a new gadget. There’s always a shake down period where the problems surface and need to be addressed and fine tuned. It’s always tempting, but I tend to avoid it.
If you haven’t purchased that Kindle Fire yet, wait a bit until the next generation comes out — which should be sometime this spring. Customers have been complaining about the current incarnation, saying:
- Since the Kindle Fire doesn’t come with 3G capabilities, it’s dependent on WiFi connections. Customers have complained that the WiFi connections are are difficult and spotty at best. If you don’t have WiFi, you’re at the mercy of a neighbor’s service or going somewhere that offers free WiFi.
- Customers have also complained that the internet browsing is very slow, which could be either a processor/RAM issue, a browser issue, or the connection issue. But it’s still a problem.
- And with the browser problem comes the issue of privacy. There’s no way, with Kindle’s browser, to remove history/cache/temp files. Anyone picks up that Kindle after you is going to know where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and how you got there.A major issue with customers.
- The Kindle Fire is a touchscreen device, which means there are no external buttons to control on/off or volume capabilities.
Now, Amazon has announced a fix that will take care of the first three issues via an update for the Fire’s core operating system. Amazon says that will upload automatically to the device within the next two weeks and will take care of any connection or sluggishness within the device. The buttons will have to come on a later and more updated device.
And even with the complaints, the Kindle Fire is flying off the shelves, not only through Amazon’s online storefront but through other markets as well — Best Buy and Target are also selling the Kindle Fire. It’s still Amazon’s top selling device and customers can’t get enough of it. The price is right — less than half of what Apple’s iPod is selling for — and while there are issues, Amazon has a fix that will take care of them quickly and has assured buyers that all future devices will not have those problems.
Lexington, do you have a Kindle Fire? Will you be getting one? What do you think about this? I’d like to know!
You can purchase a Kindle Fire — or any of the newest generation of the Kindle — online through Amazon or locally from Best Buy off Nicholasville Road, next to the New Circle Road exit, or Target in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center.