This post is completely and entirely my opinion about the devices discussed below. I was not reimbursed or paid by either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
For Christmas, we bought Aaron a Kindle Fire. I think I was as excited as he was to play with it.
The Kindle Fire is the closest thing I’ve come across that’s catching up to the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch interface. It was intuitive. It was self-explanatory. It ran smoothly. It did what you wanted. Honestly, I would be happy with a Kindle Fire if I didn’t have experience with my iPad!
There was only one draw back in giving such a device to a 13 yo boy with a history of racking up bills on cellphones–he would have unlimited access to my Amazon account and credit card (did I ever tell you he rang up $1200+ in apps and downloads when he had unlimited access to his cell phone because of a Verizon error?!).
I tried opening a new account just for Aaron. It didn’t work. I tried turning off the Amazon access. Doing that just took away everything you had associated with that Amazon account: books, apps, music. For some reason, I couldn’t even set up the Amazon account without a credit card on file. I tried turning off 1-click buying, but it didn’t work for some things.
I tried turning off access to WiFi. That defeated the purpose of having a tablet, because you lost internet access. Some of the games Aaron wanted to play required internet access. He wants to watch movies on Netflix–which needs internet access.
I contacted customer service and was first told there was a way around it. After several minutes, it turned out they haven’t solved their problem of 1-click access.
The Fire got packed up, returned and was replaced by the Nook Color.
Boy, is there a night and day difference between the two devices! It reminds me of my first Android phone after playing with my iPod touch. Physically it’s very similar. But the interface is clunky and as far from intuitive as you can get.
For instance, Aaron wanted Angry Birds. I went to apps, searched for it, and inadvertently bought a book about Angry Birds! Every search I made was a jumble of books and apps.
Aaron is happy with it, because he has no expectations about devices. Since I am spoiled and a techno ho, I am disappointed with it. But since I can’t trust Aaron (he’s 13!) I need something that I control the purchase power!
Bottom line: go with the Kindle Fire if you have a choice. If you need to go with the Nook Color and have no tablet experience, I think you’ll be fine. Still, get a Kindle Fire.
This post is completely and entirely my opinion about the above devices. I was not reimbursed or paid by either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.