Pogue on the Kindle Fire

David Pogue’s review of the new Kindle is now online, and he’s generally effusive about the e-ink models, but offers caution about the colour edition Fire.

State of the Art: The Fire Aside, Amazon’s Lower-Priced Kindles Also Shine:

Your heart leaps. “This is incredible!” you say, contemplating the prospects. “It’s like an iPad — for $200!”

But that’s a dangerous comparison.

For one thing, the Fire is not nearly as versatile as a real tablet. It is designed almost exclusively for consuming stuff, particularly material you buy from Amazon, like books, newspapers and video. It has no camera, microphone, GPS function, Bluetooth or memory-card slot. There is a serviceable e-mail program, but no built-in calendar or note pad.

(Via NYT > Technology)