Winer has liked the Fire since the day he got it. Taking a look through his points I get the sense that there are two main things that he likes:
- The smaller size. That’s a real plus of the device because it is easier to have at the ready and to use when trying to hold the device from extended periods without support (reading, movies).
- That the little issues the device has will go away in updates.
While I disagree with the first reason, I can completely see how it is appealing for many people — just not me. I prefer a bigger screen over the smaller screen.
Lastly the second reason is kinda crazy. You are banking on liking the device if and when Amazon does something to make it better. I am just not sure the jerky animations will every be a software fix and I think that goes for a lot of the issues that I have with the Fire — including the lack of a volume hardware button.
I think it is more likely that the Fire 2.0 looks way better.
One last note: Winer said that he still uses the iPad for Words with Friends, Email, and web browsing but doesn’t know why. I do, well for two of them:
- The keyboard on the Fire sucks for writing, also the email client sucks.
- The web browser on the Fire is terrible, not so on the iPad.
What he still uses the iPad for are things that the iPad is simply better for.