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A Kindle Fire Review For Those Who Plan To Void the Warranty 103

Posted by timothy
from the for-those-about-to-root dept.
The mixed reviews so far available for the new Amazon Fire tablet mostly address the Fire in its intended role as a locked-down portal through which to buy and consume ready-made content from Amazon. New submitter terracode writes with a different kind of review, which "goes into depth on the Kindle Fire's hardware, and provides details on how to root and tweak the tablet." The article also provides a friendly chart comparing the hardware in the Fire to that of the Nook Color and the iPad 2.
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A Kindle Fire Review For Those Who Plan To Void the Warranty

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  • Nook Color (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 20, 2011 @01:12AM (#38114020)

    Wouldn't the Nook Tablet be a more appropriate competitor?

  • by Kenja (541830) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @01:42AM (#38114174)
    Well, the Nook has technical hurdles to overcome. That may just be a matter of waiting till someone cracks it. The Fire is easy to root, but I see no reason to do so. Look at it this way, what do you gain by rooting a Kindle Fire? You can already install third party APKs by checking the option in the system preferences and you can use the Android developer tools to side-load apps if you add the devices ID number to your INI file. Once rooted however you lose access to the Amazon cloud and video streaming services. So overall, it seems like it cripples the device more then it elevates it.
  • Re:Nice, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jethro (14165) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @02:03AM (#38114262) Homepage

    You don't need an electronic device to hit yourself over the head with a hammer.

  • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @02:26AM (#38114366) Homepage

    Pardon me if I consider a site selling

    Teclast P76Ti 7 Inch Android 2.3 Tablet PC Capacitive TFT Touch Screen Allwinner Many Core A10 1.5GHz 512MB 2160P Decoding MVC-3D Video Playing Flash10.3 Wifi

    As not quite being competitive with iPads. Even if it is only $115 dollars. "Allwinner Many Core"? Please.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @02:36AM (#38114416)

    You can already install third party APKs by checking the option in the system preferences and you can use the Android developer tools to side-load apps if you add the devices ID number to your INI file.

    It's so easy! I'm sure everyone will be doing it!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 20, 2011 @02:41AM (#38114442)

    Damn shame, but that's how dickish companies are these days.

    Complete shame, we expect them to subsidize a product and then allow us to root the devices to break the subsidy model. Taking it to the man, no one should be allow to make a cent in profit off of me!

  • Nook Color? Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hallow (2706) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @07:01AM (#38115284) Homepage

    I wonder why the comparison was made against the nook color, and not the nook tablet? The tablet is more of a direct competitor. $50 more for the nook tablet gets you the same cpu as the fire, 2x the ram (1GB), 2x the internal storage (16GB), support for up to an additional 32GB via external storage, a less reflective display, and a microphone.

    You can even run the amazon app store, kindle app, and amazon instant video player app on the nook tablet. Both the Nook Tablet and the Fire have been rooted, and both have been reported to be able to access the Android Market.

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