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Amazon Kindle Fire

69
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

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.

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User Reviews

80
Jeff Sharon
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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70
Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

70
 

Display

70
 

Design and form factor

70
 

Storage capacity

60
 

Ease of use

80
 

Features

67
 

Battery life

60
 

How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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