So, despite my original lack of enthusiasm for the Kindle Fire, the low price point -- and the failure of my current, almost 4-year-old phone, which is my Kindle reader -- convinced me to pull the trigger and buy a Fire. Now it's here.
I haven't done anything other than turn it on (actually, I didn't even do that, it did), but I have had the chance to open it up. For first impressions, see Larry Dignan's first impressions and James Kendrick'sinitial views.
I'll fire up (heh!) my own comments as I get to know the device. In the meantime, this is what the UPS person delivered. It's a good thing I was here to receive it, because the box doesn't just say "Amazon," it says "Kindle Fire".
Photos: David Gewirtz
Just pull the tab to open it up.
Here's a side view, and you can see the Kindle Fire imprint.
Apparently, this is "Certified Frustration-Free Packaging". I've always wondered just what certification board did the certifying, but the box certainly wasn't hard to open. For some reason, I really grooved on the bar code to the left, with the person reading under the tree. Nice touch.
A single, careful pull and the box is unzipped.
And there it is. A black slab in a white egg-carton-like carton.
There's a little card that tells you to slide to unlock. I haven't done that yet.
The only other component in the package is the power cord, in the little brown box.
Here it is, inside the little box.
And here it is, in all its undressed glory. Note that there are no headphones, earbuds, or -- well -- anything else included with this package.
Here's the back of the Kindle. It's black.
And here's what's left of the carton. It's simple and quite empty.
The Fire itself is packed in thin, clear, plastic. Oooh. Aaaah. Are we excited yet? Actually, to be honest (and to my own surprise), I kind of am.
The very first thing the Kindle Fire wants is to be fed...WiFi.
And there you are. The unboxing of the Kindle Fire. May the consuming commence.