By Harry McCracken | Monday, December 12, 2011 at 8:46 am
At CNET, I wrote about the end of the Kindle Fire’s honeymoon–and why I’m still inclined to think that Amazon will do well in the tablet business.
I agree. It's not doomed. It always takes time to work the kinks out of anything new. The Fire is a cross between a reader and a tablet, not fully one or the other, but not fully both. People just love to find something to complain about, but if they buy one expecting something akin to an iPad or a full Android tablet, then obviously they will be disappointed. Amazon is pretty good at cleaning up their screwups too, one of the reasons the company has remained strong in a low economy. I expect they'll be rolling out updates to fix the issues and by this time next year, they'll have a newer better version of the Fire, excluding the present flaws. The Fire can be returned for a full refund, no shipping, and no restocking fee within 30 days. That's plenty of time for a consumer to decide if they like it or not, so there's no excuse to complain about ending up with a $200 paper weight. If you hate it; return it; problem solved. I plan on keeping mine.