Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/8/2011 | 7:43:44 PM
re: Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
It's really fine and great that Nielsen reviewed the Kindle Fire. I don't really care what Nielsen has to say. When can we expect IW's own hands on review of the Fire and can that review please be fully sourced and written by someone who is a legitimate subject matter expert on tablets?
User Rank: Apprentice
12/8/2011 | 12:31:52 AM
re: Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
Everyone knows the web will be rewritten for 7" format as Amazon takes over from smartphones, just like smartphones took over from desktop/laptop. Why he's complaining about compatibility with legacy formats is beyond me, shows just how far behind the times Nielsen is. 7" will be infinitely more usable than other formats.
User Rank: Strategist
12/7/2011 | 9:14:31 PM
re: Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
@Bellingman is right. I've been using a Playbook for months, and just bought a Fire for my wife. For media consumption, particularly reading in bed, the 10" form factor is too big and heavy. The e-ink readers have great battery life and are significantly lighter, but they are pretty much unitaskers. For someone who is primarily a reader but wants significant additional capability, the 7" tablet is a great size and now only a little more expensive than a dedicated e-reader. If you goal is primarily to browse the web I personally would rather have a netbook, but the 10" tablet is fine if you seldom actually type anything.

The bigger problem with the article, though, is lack of balance. You can find an expert who says anything, and I'm guessing Ed found one who agrees with his opinion and let his enthusiasm get away from him, but it is still a terribly biased article.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/7/2011 | 6:14:24 PM
re: Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
This is quite misleading. Nielsen's criticism isn't of the Kindle per se, it is of the 7" form factor in general. And most of the criticism relates to web browsing, not movies, books, magazines, or games--what the Fire is primarily designed for.

By the same token you could criticize the iPad for being horrible for reading books, because it is too huge and heavy to hold in one hand. But that would miss the point too.

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