The Fire isn’t a dud, but its real-world performance and utility match neither the benchmarks of public expectation, nor the standards set by the world’s best tablets.Gizmodo on the other hand:
It's a terrific, compact little friend, and—is this even saying anything?—the best Android tablet to date.Engadget on using it to read comics:
Occasionally great, but it can't shake the occasional clumsiness that muddies things here.$199 at Amazon.
As with magazines, text is often squashed too small to be read -- even if its drawn in bold, sure penstrokes. Shockingly, though, you can't pinch-zoom to get a closer look! You have to double-tap on whatever section of the screen you want a closer look at. You then get a popup window with a closer view of that section and, from there, you can tap or swipe your way from one panel to the next. This is a little annoying if you just want to zoom in on one section and then zoom back out again, but it sure beats not being able to read the text.