How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire?

The Kindle Fire is less a tablet and more a $ 200 window into Amazon’s storefront. The 7-inch slate that shares its DNA with the BlackBerry PlayBook lacks any physical features bar a micro-USB port, headphone jack and speaker. Internally, that 1GHz CPU is paired up with 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage, with no option for increased size, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi or 3G. Performance was fine inside the company’s carousel sandbox, but step outside and things became outrageously herky-jerky, especially in the Silk browser, which didn’t live up to its name. We found that there was plenty we’d like to change to make it more of a useful tablet, but did we miss the point? You probably had one bought for you in the Holidays and it’s had three or four months solid use since then, so what do you think? Is it a good companion on your daily commute, did it justify winning our E-Reader of the year prize and if Jeff Bezos was reading all of your comments in anticipation for version two, what would you demand he changes?

How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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