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.
However, 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.