Although the current tablet culture started as an e-reader when Amazon released its first Kindle in 2007, these devices have now become more than that, thanks to Apple’s iPad. The Cupertino-based company released the first iPad in 2010 and in addition to being an e-reader, the slate was a perfect replacement of laptops in terms of movies and music.

Amazon followed the suit in a quick succession and a year later, out came the Kindle Fire, with most impressive $199 price tag. For such a pocket money price, the tablet offered a reader, music and video player and a camera at the back. The Kindle soon became the perfect example of a media hub under a $200 cap.

Though Kindle has a 7-inch screen, which is quite small as compared to iPad’s 9.6-inch display, the most amazing is ecosystem that fuels up Kindle Fire’s spark. Amazon’s strength does not lay in its price or screen but services it provides to its customers.

Although Amazon’s Android apps are available for other tablets and iOS app for iPad, but the Prime membership it offers to its Kindle customers is the icing best served only by Amazon. Along with a host of e-books available on Amazon’s store, the vast pool of movies, TV shows and music is one of best attraction to the Kindle users.

The Android-based Flash player available for non-Kindle users is good in general functioning but there are some features that Amazon has reserved for Kindle only.

The Prime membership offers loads of services to Kindle users. Other Android tablet users can stream videos—TV shows and movies—but they are unable to download them on their tablets.

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