54% of Kindle Fire owners like their tablet

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Amazon has had both praise and damnation heaped on its popular Kindle Fire tablet since the device launched in November 2011.

The Fire continues to fly off the shelves at a very impressive pace, with estimates putting sales at some 6 million units during Q4 2011. To be sure, the Fire has proven to be one of the most popular tablets on the market - behind Apple's iPad, of course. 

Survey: 54% of Kindle Fire owners like their tabletHowever, many reviewers and users (initially) complained the tablet had some issues - early on - with sluggish menus and other glitches.

Then again, after a number of updates, a recent ChangeWave survey determined that 54% of Kindle Fire owners say they are very satisfied with the device, while another 38% confirm they are somewhat satisfied.

Perhaps not unsurprisingly, the majority of Fire owners - 59% - purchased the tablet due to its affordable price point. And it isn't as if Amazon is losing money on the devices, with analysts estimating the corporation is making about $130 per Fire off content alone.

The Kindle Fire - which runs a forked version of Google's Android operating system (Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS) - boasts a color 7" multi-touch display (600×1024)  and offers easy access to Amazon’s Appstore, along with ebooks, streaming movies and TV shows.

 The device is powered by a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and includes 8 GB of internal storage.