Yesterday's update inspired him to revise his comments and offer a much more favorable impression of the device. You can read his entire column HERE, but we'll be covering most of the choice comments.
From Mr. Pogue: "Sure enough: the home screen “carousel,” a rotating shelf that holds all of your books, magazines and movies, now stops on a dime when you want it to. It takes only one tap to open something instead of several frustrating ones. When you do tap something, it opens faster and more fluidly. Page turns are smoother, especially in magazines. There are a couple of tiny new features, too; for example, now you can choose which things you want on that carousel; you just hold your finger down on a thumbnail and choose Hide Item from the shortcut menu."
He's got the rundown on most of the new features that we covered yesterday, and although we were happy with the Fire to begin with, his overall impression received a substantial lift.
He writes: "If you’re already a happy member of Amazon’s ecosystem — music store, bookstore, movie store — then the Kindle Fire may now be calling your name more loudly than ever. Today’s touch-ups make an enormous difference."
To be sure, the device still hasn't reached perfection. As our commenters noted, we'd still like it to be easier to organize books into collections or folders. Easier integration with calendars and other online material. We're still waiting on several of the popular Facebook games like Farmville.
David Pogue offers his recommended improvements: "There are still some things Amazon should fix. For example, magazine reading is still an exercise in frustration; far too often, the row of page-navigation thumbnails still thrusts itself on top of what you’re trying to read. Other problems may not be so simple to fix: for example, the on/off switch is on the bottom edge, where the Kindle’s weight naturally falls when you’re reading."
Yes, the on-off switch is something that we often have to be aware of, but there are ways to manage that too. If you're looking for something to help you keep the right angle, without letting the bottom touch the surface, or you're stuck putting the device flat on a surface, you might consider an inexpensive Wire Display Stand. This one comes in a set of two, is on sale, and fits the Fire perfectly.
There's little doubt that a lot of people who were on the fence about the Kindle Fire will find themselves persuaded by David Pogue's revised impressions. And all of us will benefit from the update's improvements. Stay tuned for more great apps later today!