Before you shell out your hard earned money, check out what the Kindle can and cannot do. It might just save you frustration..and two hundred bucks.

 

Amazon’s newest and most radical Kindle, the Fire, is a device that combines what consumers like about e-readers, tablets and smartphones.

Except that it doesn’t really excel at any of the things that make these devices great.

At $200, the Kindle Fire is perfect for streaming-media consumption, if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber. The key here is that if you live in Amazon’s ecosystem of services, then the Fire is the perfect complement that bookends the experience. But for anyone outside of Amazon’s digital playground, there isn’t much to drool over.