Kindle Fire Review

Uploaded by duncan33303 on 21.11.2011

Hey guys, this is Austin and today I’m here with
a review of the Amazon Kindle Fire. This is one
of the first tablets to come in at a lower price
point while still aiming to be a solid contender,
but does it have what it takes? At first glance it
looks promising. The Kindle Fire design is quite
similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook with a sturdy
build. Up front you’ll find a 7 inch display with
a resolution of 1024x600. While it is billed as an
IPS screen I honestly can’t say that it’s that
spectacular. Brightness is reasonable and colors
are okay but one of the biggest draws of an IPS
display are great viewing angles but here on the
Kindle Fire they’re simply average. On the bottom
of the Fire you’ll find a small round power button,
MicroUSB port for charging and syncing along with
a 3.5mm headphone jack. A slight gripe is how small
the power button is but beyond that everything works
and feels fine. Flipping it around to the top you’ll
find the stereo speakers. While they certainly aren’t
going to blow you away I was rather impressed, the
sound is quite decent. Internally the Kindle Fire
isn’t half bad. It sports a 1GHz dual core TI OMAP 4
processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory.
There are some things missing, like a MicroSD card
reader for expanding your storage as well as a
microphone or camera however for the price there aren’t many
complaints. All of these specs result in a mostly good
experience in using the Fire. It runs Android 2.3 with
a custom Kindle skin and supports everything you would
expect in a tablet including browsing the web, email,
music, video, apps and of course books. As this is a
Kindle it would be a poor review if I didn’t talk about
the reading experience. In general it works just like the Kindle
app on other tablets with support for the entire Kindle
library of books including those that you have already
purchased. There are also several other Amazon services
on the Fire. You have a newsstand for reading newspapers
and magazines and the Amazon MP3 Music store. In addition
you have access to purchasing TV shows, renting and
buying movies and streaming videos through Prime Instant
Videos. The Kindle Fire comes with the Amazon App Store.
It has a reasonable selection of apps to choose from with
many of the staples including Angry Birds, Netflix, Hulu
and many more. There is also a featured free app every day
which will help you pad out your app library without
breaking the bank. The apps themselves are less than
fantastic for the most part. Many are made for Android
phones and are blown up to fit on the larger tablet display
which is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, the dual
core processor is more than powerful enough to handle all
the games I threw at it. Amazon has spent a lot of time
touting the Silk web browser. It uses Amazon's servers to
speed up your browsing however I really didn’t see
any benefit from this at all. The browser is very similar
stock Android with the addition of tabs. It’s not the
smoothest in the world but it gets the job done and has
Flash preinstalled. The UI is a mixed bag. You get a lot
on your home screen, with a carosel of your most recently
used items, a dock for any content you like along with a
search menu and links to important apps like books, music
and more. Up top you’ll find the notifications and to the
right of that is where you can control the screen
orientation lock, brightness, volume, etc.
This brings me to one of my biggest problems with the Kindle
Fire: no physical home or volume buttons. To change the
volume you have to leave what you are doing, tap the top
right and then drag the slider which can be a massive pain.
Same goes for exiting an application, you need to tap on
the bottom strip to make the home button appear.
Battery life is quite excellent on the Fire. I was able to
get close to 9 hours out of a charge with reading, listening
to music on headphones and doing a bit of Reddit...I mean web
browsing. Standby time is also good meaning you’ll most likely
get several days out of the Fire before recharging.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is a great tablet for $200. Period.
There is a lot to like, from the great 7 inch form factor,
battery life and excellent Amazon ecosystem. While I’m not
the biggest fan of the software or the lack of hardware
buttons I really feel that the Kindle Fire is the first time
that a tablet has become cheap enough that it makes sense for
a lot of people. If money isn’t an issue the iPad is a much
better tablet but overall for the price I recommend the
Kindle Fire. If you feel like being awesome definitely be sure
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