Kindle Fire 2? Yes, Please. Keep Your iPad!

Kindle Fire 2? Yes, Please. Keep Your iPad!Sometimes, I feel like a misfit. Not the cool kind, you know? I’m definitely not the kind that you’d find rebelling against The Man or anything and I’m all right with that. As it has been stated in previous articles (My Life as a Windows Phone Pariah), I have never truly been the type to clamor towards the favorites or the Most Popular. Maybe it’s because I knew that the head cheerleader usually ended up pregnant with six kids and a horrendous drug addiction; popular doesn’t always equal the immediate response of “I must have this.” because so many better-looking flag girls get left behind with that notion in mind. (Note: I was never a flag girl.)

With all this said, I never bought into the iPad phenomenon. I didn’t need to, really. I had an iPod touch and, to me, that felt like a slight version of an iPad and that was enough for me. Often left uncharged and abandoned for days, my iPod eventually became a gift to my younger sister, who I knew would take care of it. She, much like me, cared so little for its popularity that she, too, gave it away to our little brother. Our mother really never raised us for reliance on a brand and maybe that’s why the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Use what feels good and what suits you; don’t just buy into the ridiculous hype put together by blindingly colorful ads and a promise of something greater when, let’s face it, it’s just about convenience.

This, my friends, is why I fell in love with my Amazon Kindle Fire.

Like a lot of people who jumped for the Kindle Fire, I was swayed by its possibility. Not only could I have something on which to read books (it has been documented that I have a skin allergy with the glue that makes most papers and, thus, I have a severe reaction when reading books, touching cardboard, or doing reams of paperwork), but I would have something on which I could enjoy useful apps, listen to music, and watch movies that wouldn’t dominate my life. It seemed alluring, but the price point was what had me locked in because I knew it was an Amazon product and it is known for on-point customer service for that dollar amount. Think about it: I was being offered a tablet with a touch surface that would focus on reading (which I love) and everything downloaded would come in seconds? I was all about that. I didn’t need hundreds of dollars in hardware that was never intended for any specific purpose. I wanted to spend $200 and get exactly what I wanted: entertainment that didn’t talk down to me or expect very little from the attention deficit disorder addled masses.

Kindle Fire 2? Yes, Please. Keep Your iPad!

I know plenty of people who have rooted their Kindle Fire to essentially be an Android tablet, and it has worked beautifully for them. If you feel like ever taking a risk and possibly bricking your Kindle Fire, it has been done and people have reported that the processor for the Fire is more than capable of running far more than its design intended. However, again, there is just nothing wrong with the Kindle Fire’s Android-based Kindle OS. I want to read books, jot down notes, play Uno and Scrabble with my kid, and wage war against plants and undead hordes. I don’t need much else, you know?

With that said, when the Kindle Fire 2 rumors started pushing forward, I was engaged completely. Possibly upgrading the hardware, adding a camera to the Kindle Fire’s already impressive build (again, remember the $199 price point, you guys) — and reams of other rumored features that will be either confirmed or put to rest tomorrow by Amazon itself — pleases me. I would easily hand my child my Kindle Fire and upgrade to a more feature-packed version of what I already feel is the most user-friendly tablet available. Amazon never wanted its customers to feel like it would peddle cheap machinery into the world, and I trust the company implicitly to give me quality.

Kindle Fire 2? Yes, Please. Keep Your iPad!

Apple, on the other hand, wanted to pile everyone into the same horse and march into the handheld tablet market with plans to burn everyone’s village to the ground and take it by storm. As I’ve stated before, though, that was just never my bag. Amazon stared down to me from its cloud-puffed, heavenly perch and watched, palm to its chin, as it didn’t stress its consumers out or try to oversell. In this way, it’s far more innocent than even my beloved Microsoft as it just kind of hopes you enjoy yourself and it wants to make sure you know that reading, above all else, is what promotes education and enrichment. Playing its lute and lazing about on its pristine pedestal, Amazon awaits to give us details tomorrow while people still lament over the fact that they keep buying new iterations of the iPad with very little differences just to say they have it.

“Right, but my iPad 9 is .000003 % thinner than the iPad 8.5,” they would cheer with glee, clutching their highly priced tablets to their chest, which would essentially just be houses to hundreds of apps that took productivity away and offered filler until the next release.

And I can’t respond because I’m too busy reading from my Kindle Fire and appreciating the possibilities of something built for people who know exactly what they want.

In which camp do you find yourself? Leave a comment and weigh in with your pros and cons!

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  • Dallin Crump

    It ultimately comes down to what you want and what works for you. I owned a BlackBerry PlayBook for a while, and it’s a great tablet in many respects – I just decided that it ultimately wasn’t what I wanted in a tablet and I ended up selling it. The Nexus 7 is at the top of my tablet wish list right now, but I’m waiting to see what the Kindle Fire 2 is like before making a firm decision.

    • DeAno Jackson

      I’m right there with you; the N7 is on the top of my current list. 10 inch tablets seem too big for what I’d use them for, and the Kindle Fire is just to slow to do what I’d want to do. My only two gripes about the N7 are no camera on the back and no expandable storage, but for $200 I’ll forgive it.

  • Nathan Michael Alvarez

    Ultimately yes it does come down to what you want the device for. Never having used the Kindle Fire, I can only go based on what I’ve seen and what I’ve seen is an inexpensive tablet with sub-par performance. I’m fine with a full featured tablet like the iPad despite the price point. My philosophy is, pay the premium for premium results.

  • Fernando Molina

    Lets just wait and hope it doesn’t die easily. Give the Kindle 2 a chance. The N7 might run it over though.

  • Conal Duffy

    The thing is, the kindle fire may have a lot of good features, but… I think that other tablets offer more opportunities. When you use a kindle fire, your mostly using amazon services. But if you have something like a Google Nexus 7, then you have a wide range of services and apps you can use.

  • Cosdis

    Since i live in Sweden the kendle hasn’t been a big hit here so i seems like its big “there”.

  • Meninz

    I have a gaming laptop as well as a gaming PC so I don’t need a gaming tablet. The Kindle Fire is GREAT! I use it for: reading email (I usually answer them on the PC), reading books ( I have a huge library and most were free from Amazon/authors), watching Amazon prime and netflix movies as well as YouTube videos pre-downloaded, running ANY android app. (check out “sideloading”). Most of the free app’s of the day are not very good BUT there are a few great ones, a quick check of the weather before going out, etc..
    Actually I am happy with the Kindle Fire and don’t even see any reason to get the new one. If I need more “power” I use the laptop or desktop. It is the right tool for the job in many cases. In my case the iwhatever are over priced and underpowered or overkill.
    I admit I have 30Mbps download on my network so the wifi is not a problem and streaming is smooth and video is not a problem. I could see there may be problems with some of the features if you have very slow connection speeds.