Kindle Fire was released earlier this year in the UK. My step-mother was given a Kindle Fire (7") for her birthday a few months ago. I knew she'd asked for it because she tends to read a lot of books, and wanted an easy to use eReader mostly to save on the physical weight of a novel.
She uses it all the time, and frequently takes it on holiday. I even see her reading novels on it whilst my dad snoozes on the settee next to her.
In short, it was a great present because she uses it so often. I however, sceptically eyed the relatively small device, with its pink cover case.
My step mother said I could 'use' it for a few hours whilst I was visiting. I used the Kindle on and off for about four hours during my visit, and although the battery was fully charged (and they clai it has a 10 hour battery life), it was nearly empty despite my sporadic use.
The fire has a relatively easy interface with a touch-screen. The 'home' page has tabs at the top of the screen, which you can select, like a webpage, to take you to a new section, if you will.
It's like a poor mans i Pad in my opinion. The 'web' tab is third from the first, with books and games tabs preceding it. The makers clearly assume their users are solely using their kindle to read books.
Whilst you can read and store a number of novels on the Kindle Fire, you can also enable the integrated WiFi and connect to the internet, so you can make use of their suggestions based on what you've read in the past.
With the Web tab, it works just like a computer, and you can view your History when you've lost a web page.
The high resolution screen and automatic updates means the Kindle Fire is stays up to date with current software meaning it can run faster and quicker.
A cool feature of the Kindle Fire is that it shows you how much of a book you've read, via percentages, in the top right hand corner of the particular book.
In terms of weight, it's surprisingly light. At 7 inches in wide, it is only a little heavier than my smartphone.
I guess it's great if you want to use it for reading, but it's just as good a tablet if you want to use it for internet access.
Despite my reservations it makes an ideal gift for those studying at university, grandmothers and grandfathers (two of my friends' grandparents have one) because of the clarity if the screen, or simply, for avid readers. Plus it 'saves' the last book you were reading on screen, with the book cover shown as above when you turn it on. Handy.