Kindle Fire HD vs New iPad is No Contest for iPad


kindle-fire-hd-89This weekend I spent some time getting to know the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ for the first time. We didn’t get along too well. At first glance I thought, “Hmm, this thing doesn’t look half bad.” It was a decent size and was not all too thick (or thin) and hey, it came from the people with the smile on the box (I make fun of that commercial every time I see it–it’s just funny the way he says smile). Anyway, that is about the full extent of anything nice I can say about this device (and I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the Kindle as much as the iPad). I’ve had an iPad in some form or another for years and I have to say at this point I could never ever make the switch to a Kindle Fire, even the HD. So, here’s my thoughts on the device:

First of all, the home screen is terrible, in my opinion. There is a text menu across the top (think File, Edit, Help, etc…) to help you navigate through the device. Little text is not a good user interface choice for a touch device. It works, yes, but it isn’t very visual… why not make an attractive target for someone to press? Underneath this text menu is a scrolling row of giant ...

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