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.