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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80
jsharon
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
no
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to9 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
no

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (8 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to9 hour

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
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