re: Kindle Fire: Early Reviews Roundup
Actually, Android can be run on an iPad. Look up the iDroid project... But that's beside the point, he's not actually complaining about what OS the device is running on, but rather how what applications Amazon my let him install on the device within the Android operating system. For instance, it would be comparable to me starting my own line of laptops running Microsoft Windows 7, but then you can only use my office suite, not Microsoft Office, you can only run my ereader, my apps, and forget about running any other Microsoft Software on my brand of laptops, and only install applications from my store. I do own a kindle with the electronic ink screen that I received last year as a Christmas gift. It is great for what it was intended as an ebook reader (or to listen to ebooks being read to you) and a few of the simple board type games that I have on it. It's not good at web browsing. However the screen can't be beat for reading wherever you may be. If someone is looking for a ereader with a color screen the Fire may be for them. Amazon does tend to have the cheaper ebook prices due to it's publication policies. But for an all around does everything device my Asus Transformer is hard to beat. I can read my Kindle books on there (which I often do) I can read Nook books on it, I can read Google books on it. I have access to Amazon's app store as well as the Google Market. I can choose what apps and where I get them from. I am not limited to Asus apps. And these tablets have bigger screens than the Fire (10.1 inch vs 7inch) but still cost less than Apple's iPad and you are not locked down to what Apple, or Amazon, or Acme tells you you can install. Also the browser Amazon is raving about, well you can download Opera Mini that uses Opera's servers to compress webpages for you before sending them to your device for a supposed faster browsing experience.