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Amazon Kindle Fire Review

Posted: November 28, 2011
Amazon Kindle Fire Review
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The Amazon Kindle Fire offers a 7" full color display, dual core processor and access to 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, and books for only $200. But is this tablet worth the hype? Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a look at the new device for its official Gadget Pr0n rating.

What You Need To Know

  • The Kindle Fire features a very simple design in a good way.
  • There's actually only one physical button, which is the power button.
  • There's also a USB port and a headphone jack, but that's it.
  • We would have liked to have seen some physical volume buttons.
  • The back is rubber, which is great for grip and durability.
  • The Kindle Fire weighs under a pound, which seems a little heavier than it is since it's designed to fit in one hand.
  • The 7" screen looks pretty good and is certainly better than the last 7" tablet we reviewed (the Acer A100).
  • The screen is a 7" IPS (in plane switching) display, which means the viewing angles are great.
  • The resolution is 1024x600, which looks pretty sharp but the DPI could be a bit higher in our opinion.
  • The color is excellent with good reproduction and pretty decent blacks.
  • The Kindle Fire screen was also very responsive: there wasn't any Android lag when scrolling through or switching apps.
  • The Kindle Fire runs on Android's Gingerbread Platform but it doesn't look like any Android interface we've seen..
  • The Amazon's UI features everything you need on the home screen organizing in book shelves.
  • The top shelf holds all recently accessed titles and apps.
  • It might only hold up to a certain number of recent items but we haven't hit that number yet.
  • At the top are shortcuts to everything you could want.
  • The Kindle Fire was plenty fast, too, and generally felt very snappy and not at all sluggish.
  • The Fire has access to everything that Amazon has to offer in digital media and the first month gives you access to all of their streaming video and music services.
  • For $79 a year, you can have this access year round with Amazon Prime.
  • The instant streaming selection is very good but not as vast as Netflix's.
  • You can also utilize the Kindle library system to "borrow" books.
  • While the selection isn't huge for this library program, it's certainly a welcome feature.
  • You can also buy apps through a curated version of the Android app store, but all purchases are made through Amazon.
  • Spending money on Amazon just got a lot easier!
  • The battery life was pretty great: in two weeks, we only charged it once (on the first charge).
  • Amazon says you'll get up to 7.5 hours of continuous video playback and for once, we agree.


Price

  • $200

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The Kindle Fire has a lot going for it and Amazon's media selection is truly exceptional.
  • We do wish it had an SD card slot.
  • It's a tablet focused more on entertaining than productivity.

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Comments are Closed

  • Aerindel_Prime

    4/5? when everyone else is trashing it as totally broken you give it a 4/5? why?

    Posted: December 20, 2011 2:02 AM
    Aerindel_Prime
  • Orionsaint

    Is it better than ipad, no but it's amazing and comes pretty close to the ipad in a lot of different aspects. and for 200 you really can't beat the price. When you consider all of it's features and how well it works. Now even low income families can afford a good tablet. A must buy this Christmas!

    Posted: December 15, 2011 4:14 AM
    Orionsaint
  • boomzilla8

    forgot to mention how you can't password protect your purchases so if you let your 5 year old play angry birds he WILL purchase every angry birds app and 3 seasons of Murder She wrote. This is not the tablet to buy for your kids unless they have their own amazon account.

    Posted: December 2, 2011 7:55 PM
  • kstorm21

    okay so I like all the stuff you/they talked about but it's one of the other main features is it's an eReader? They didn't even touch on that. That's what I want to know. How is it when using it as an eReader? I have a Kindle 3G and was thinking of upgrading to the Fire but I wanna know how it is for READING! :)

    Posted: December 1, 2011 12:23 PM
    kstorm21
  • incubustable

    @theiceman72 Just because the price points are different does not mean it can't be compared to any other tablet like the iPad. The kindle fire is a tablet, like the iPad, the price points are simply factors to compare as well. How can anyone say "its not meant to compete against the iPad"? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Do you really think you would see a Kindle Fire if the iPad wasn't created or was not so successful??? Of course not, I am not saying the Fire's sole purpose is to compete against the iPad, because it is also there to sell amazon content, as well as push Amazon Prime. To say it is not meant to compete against the iPad is ridiculous, because that is currently what every tablet out there is doing. Also, the Fire doesn't hold a candle (no pun intended) to the Nook Tablet, its specs are all far below the Nooks and it shows. To say that it is the best tablet its size by far, is also stupid. You may be paying $49 more for the Nook but if you want access to Amazon's content it costs $79/year which you have to figure into the cost of the tablet, which would make it more than the Nook.

    Posted: November 29, 2011 11:03 PM
    incubustable
  • Spybreak

    A lot of people came in on Black Friday Weekend at Best Buy looking to buy the Amazon Fire. About half also thought it was a laptop replacement. Uhhh no but a computer accessory yes it's pretty sweet.

    Posted: November 29, 2011 1:23 PM
    Spybreak
  • heyitsthatguy

    I can't belive you guys rated it, that is so awesome of you. I asked you guys a little while ago not knowing if you guys would care or not and I don't know if you even saw that I asked but I still really appreciate it and think you guys rock and I can't thank you enough.

    Unless you guys have an open position just floating around and if you do I would thank you a lot more... That was a joke, but i'm serious... But seriously thank you guys for being so awesome

    Posted: November 29, 2011 10:42 AM
  • theiceman72

    Incubustable- They don't compare it to the iPad because like those that do its retarded. Its not made to compete against the iPad. When you can buy a new iPad for $200 shipped then they will rightfully compare it. It is by far the best android tablet of this size.

    This was a great honest review for a change. Everyone else is just raining on Amazons parade by just comparing it to iPad. Good job guys.

    Posted: November 29, 2011 10:24 AM
  • incubustable

    Rate the nook tablet already! Why didn't they compare the Fire to the iPad like they do all the other tablets?

    Posted: November 28, 2011 10:56 PM
    incubustable
  • incubustable

    Rate the nook tablet already! Why didn't they compare the Fire to the iPad like they do all the other tablets?

    Posted: November 28, 2011 10:55 PM
    incubustable
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