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conclusion:Pass on it

69 October 15th 2012 2:08 pm

Amazon's second-generation Kindle Fire isn't radically different from the initial model, retaining a body that feels heavy and chunky compared to the Kindle Fire HD and other more recent tablets. While it's somewhat faster, has more memory, and includes some software upgrades, it still lacks hardware volume controls, and its display is inferior to that of the Fire HD. If you're on a tight budget, its $159 price tag will get you full access to the Amazon ecosystem, but if you can afford it, the extra $40 for the $199 Fire HD gets you a much better device -- or you can spend the same $199 on an Asus Nexus 7 if you want a far better tablet with more flexibility.

Critic reviews

7.0
5 reviews
  • Features
    6.8
  • Display
    7.1
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1
  • Durability

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User reviews

8.0
1 review
  • Features
    6.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Storage capacity
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Durability
    10
7.0
CNET Sep 27, 2012

The Kindle Fire (2012) takes it up a notch in value, but is tethered to the same design oversights of the original.

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7.0
Ars Technica Oct 4, 2012

We said that last year's Kindle Fire was best thought of as an e-reader that can do some extra stuff; a slight bump in specifications and a fresh coat of paint haven't done much to change that impression.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 6, 2012

While the entry-level Kindle Fire is a price leader at $159, it doesn't quite measure up to this year's crop of $199 tablets.

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7.0
phoneArena Sep 17, 2012

Amazon seems like they're playing with fire with this tablet, mainly because it's competing in the space as its more prestigious offering in the Kindle Fire HD. In all honesty, you're better off just spending the extra moolah to move up to either the Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7 running...

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