Amazon Kindle Fire

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Amazon Kindle Fire review

Summary

Amazon's first tablet can't quite match the experience of the competition, but for half the price it doesn't have to.

Pros
  • Incredible price
  • Very solid construction
  • Easy access to lots and lots of premium media
Cons
  • Middling performance
  • No Android Market access
  • Occasionally clumsy interface
Amazon Kindle Fire review

It seems like ages since Amazon introduced us to the $199 Fire at a hectic New York City event, but in truth that was only about six weeks ago. Maybe our perception of time is warped because we've been hearing talk about this 7-inch Android tablet for months now. Maybe it's because Amazon launching a tablet seemed like such a natural thing to do after Barnes & Noble paved the way with its Nook Color. Or, maybe it's just because the gadget Amazon shipped looks nigh-identical to the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook that we've had for, well, ages.For whatever the reason, what Amazon has delivered is a device that is intimately familiar yet mysterious -- a simple, minimalistic exterior design hiding a flashy, seemingly quite trick customization that's sitting atop a decidedly ho-hum Android Gingerbread build. Our questions leading up to this review were many: How will it handle sideloading? Are the battery life and performance better than the PlayBook? Can a tablet that costs two hundred bucks stand a chance against those that cost two and three times as much? C'mon baby, click on through to find out.

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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
no
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
no
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
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