It's still too early to tell where Amazon's Kindle Fire will end up in the tablet wars, but some early adopters have weighed in their complaints and some have even gone back to the stores to return them.

With that being said, you have to keep in mind that this is version 1.0 and like anything that is brand new, the bugs need to be worked out.




Here are some of the more common complaints about this new addition to the Kindle Family.

  • The tablet's touchscreen is not a responsive as it could be
  • The Web browsing struggles on many websites
  • There's no external volume control
  • Everything on the screen is much too small, leading to 'tap errors' and accidental activations.

Privacy is one of biggest issue with the Fire, at this moment. You will find a carousel of all the most recently touched content on the home page.

Many parents may have been thinking of giving this tablet to their teenager or even their tween, but doing do would allow those users one-click access to be able to make purchases on the device.

If you were thinking this would be just like an iPad, but for a cheaper price, you are going into this purchase with the wrong attitude. The Fire is an excellent e-reader and with it's $199 price tag, it does a fairly good job of doing a lot of what an iPad can do, but not everything.

Overall, in my experience with the Fire, it's a pretty good tablet. If you have owned the original Kindle, then you already know the 'experience' you will get with the update. It's a great reader, with a nice price tag and a device that provides some of what a tablet computer can do.

Like with anything you purchase, it's always best to do your homework. I find that Consumer Reports is always a good place to start with.