Steve Jobs was wrong.
For that matter, so was I.
In an October 2010 earnings call, Jobs told analysts "the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival."
At that time, the 7-inch tablets being discussed were Samsung's Android Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's PlayBook.
When Amazon late last year announced its Kindle Fire, my first thought was: "7 inches? I don't want an oversized calculator. Call me when it's 10."
But as fate would have it, I ended up winning a Fire at a company holiday party.
Long story short: It's great.
Here's what I like:
- Intuitive interface
- Responsive, i.e., no lagging
- Fast Web browsing, though I had to change some settings to make it so
- Ease of accessing Amazon content, including retail store, magazines, music and movies
- Ability to access and read documents
- Easy to hold
Stupid me, before I become a Fire owner, I thought, "7 inches is too small. 10 inches is just right."
Now I'm saying, "7 inches is perfect," especially after owning a 10.1-inch HP TouchPad for about five months. There are many times, when I tap on something in HP's webOS and nothing happens. Nothing. This is frustrating.
The Fire is easy to hold, easy to carry everywhere. Sure, a 10-inch tablet isn't too big to transport, but, boy is the Fire super portable. I stick it right in my purse.
I love this thing.
And, no, of course it's not an iPad. That's bigger, and, let's face, it, more developers are creating apps for iPad. I understand the draw.
But I tell you what, if you're on a budget and want something that's more-than nice, this is your choice.
What do you think of the Fire?
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal.