A non-political post by a pissed off consumer. If you’re looking for politics, move on to the next post.
I’ve had a second generation Amazon Kindle for 3 years now. I love it. The screen is sharp and crisp and easy to read in bright sunlight. It’s light and has a little keyboard. But it was quite limited in what it could do. So when Amazon announced the Fire, I was excited. Here was a device that was closer to an iPad than a Kindle but came in at under $200. How awesome is that? I’m already all-in with Amazon for music and movies so this seemed like a perfect fit.
The device arrived yesterday. It took 3 minutes to get it setup on my home WiFi network and I was reading books, watching movies and listening to music right away. Unreal! I was very, very pleased with the device.
Then I took it to work… And the catastrophic heroic flaw manifested itself. The EPIC FAIL that was lurking just below the surface.
The Kindle Fire does not support proxy servers
Got that? Can you hear me? Let me repeat that for those of you who were startled like a deer in the headlights and perhaps did not believe what you just read.
The Kindle Fire does not support proxy servers!!
I could not believe it. I couldn’t have missed something, could I? I checked all through the Google search results and yes indeed, the Kindle Fire does not support proxy servers by design. This was a major WTF moment for me.
In a discussion thread on Amazon’s own site, they say this:
How is this possible? It’s 2011! Every company on the planet has proxy servers. This is absurd! How can they not support proxy servers????
All I can say is I’m glad I didn’t throw away the box the Fire came in. I’m gonna need it.
Hello, Apple? I need an iPad… STAT!