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Amazon Kindle Fire


$200.00 Released November, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Inexpensive at $199. Able to meet all your tablet needs (Facebook, email, twitter, magazines, books, music, video, and apps) for the best price out there. In your face iPad! Runs on Android under the hood, has access to Amazon's Android App Store.

The Cons:Amazon version of Android OS may limit the options to update your software. No cameras, no microphone: no Skype/etc. video calling. Barebones hardware features. No 3G, only 1 physical button.

The Kindle Fire is a touchscreen tablet device from Amazon that offers an alternative to the company's standard Kindle and Kindle Touch models. Functioning similarly to products like the Apple iPad, Blackberry Playbook and HP TouchPad, the Fire incorporates a 7" multitouch display with an anti-reflective coating for for optimal visibility.

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Product Shot 2 Movies, TV shows, books, games and magazines can be purchased directly within the unit via integrated Wi-Fi, with a wide variety of Amazon-tested applications available on the company's official "Appstore". The Fire's integrated web browser - Amazon Silk - aims to provide simple, intuitive web browsing powered by a high-speed dual-core processor for seamless multitasking. 8 gigabytes of internal storage is available for keeping the user's favorite content within reach at all times, with free online storage available courtesy of Amazon's Cloud storage service. Wireless battery support is available up to 8 hours when the Fire's Wi-Fi is turned off, with a full charge taking approximately 4 hours to complete via wall adapter. The tablet also features a 3.5mm stereo jack and a pair of top-mounted speakers for full audio playback capabilities. 

Features

  • Matte black aesthetic
  • 7-inch full-color multitouch display 
  • Dual-core processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 8GB internal storage
  • Amazon Silk web browser 
  • Amazon Appstore access
  • Free Amazon Cloud storage service
  • Up to 8 hours of wireless battery life 

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Pros
  • 17

    Inexpensive at $199

  • 11

    Able to meet all your tablet needs (Facebook, email, twitter, magazines, books, music, video, and apps) for the best price out there. In your face iPad!

  • 10

    Runs on Android under the hood, has access to Amazon's Android App Store

  • 9

    you don't have to buy books - you can check out Kindle books from many public libraries for free

  • 5

    Nice 7" size fits in your hand

  • 5

    extremely speedy with 1GHz dual-core processor

  • 4

    Lightweight

  • 3

    simple and clean design

  • 1

    Able to be run Android Ice Cream Sandwich CyanogenMod 9

Cons
  • 7

    Amazon version of Android OS may limit the options to update your software.

  • 6

    no cameras, no microphone: no Skype/etc. video calling

  • 5

    Barebones hardware features. No 3G, only 1 physical button

  • 4

    Amazon potentially knows all of your browsing habits (not just Amazon size)

  • 3

    Cannot access the Amazon Apps Store from International destinations

  • 2

    No expandable memory (no microSD card slot), and only 8GB internal storage

  • 2

    The size is too small, it's not much bigger than a smartphone.

  • 0

    Not a true Android experience: its UI is all Amazon.

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Amanie
Amanie: #amazon_kindle_fire After trying out the Kindle Fire over the holidays, I have to say it's a big fail for me. It's just too small and not slick enough. The reason why I'd want one of these is to replace my iPhone for at-home browsing, and, for me anyway, it wasn't good enough. I know it's cheaper than most tablets, but I'd rather save up and get the iPad. Jan 4, 12
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Erik
Erik: #amazon_kindle_fire So I've loaded CyanogenMod 7.2 on my parent's Kindle Fire. It was a little tricky to get the root/recovery mode setup, but after that it's run pretty smoothly.

I pretty much hated the stock Amazon experience. I felt a lot of pressure to download Amazon content, and it felt like a crippled device with only a small subset of apps available for download from the market.

The size is a little small I find. It's not that much bigger than a phone and falls into the no man's land of size.

On the plus side, the battery life seems excellent, the rubberized back has a good feel to it. It runs Android fairly smoothly and I don't feel like it needs any more power. Dec 26, 11
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Amanie
Amanie: #amazon_kindle_fire Software update on December 20, 2011 addressed a lot of the known issues most people were complaining about. The update is freely available over the air. The update includes: improved touch responsiveness, carousel customization and password lock on WiFi. Dec 21, 11
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Six
Six: #amazon_kindle_fire Re the cons noted in the description:
Yes the Kindle Fire does have USB. You can copy files to it just as you would a thumb drive; and, there is one physical button which is used to turn the device off/on or lock the screen. Volume and other controls are easily, elegantly accessible from the menu button at the top of the screen.
Current owner - LOVING my Kindle Fire! Nov 28, 11
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Erik
Erik: #amazon_kindle_fire Amazing job Amazon! Tablets are too expensive. I think 7" is a better size, and $199 is definitely a better price. I think this is a major game changer to the tablet market. Sep 29, 11
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  • dom

    dom: Yes, Ars Technica concluded in a shoot-out between the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, that the Nook Tablet wins - its software is much better implemented. But, nothing that Amazon can't fix with a software update, of course. I wouldn't recommend waiting for that though, as so far we don't have an idea of how well Amazon is going to take care of software issues. You may just be better off with a Nook Tablet (which by the way I expect we'll get some rooting and Android 4.0 action on next year, which will be awesome) Nov 29, 11

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: I agree the Kindle and Nook are game changers. The omission of a front-face camera and mic for Skype is deal breaker for me. The iPod Touch for under $250 does have Skype, but I don't need a pocket device.

    The pre-sales orders and first quarter projections of Amazon's Kindle Tablet,
    as well as the public's response to the fire-sale of the HP Tablet
    has clearly demonstrated a pent-up demand for an under $250 consumer tablet.
    Don't think Apple's Tim Cook hasn't noticed.
    Don't be surprised after the first quarter of Apple announcing their own 7" tablet.
    With SIRI, IMHO it would be AWESOME!
    Dec 5, 11

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