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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The latest Fire tablet has some top-of-the-line specs and nice software enhancements, but Amazon's closed-off ecosystem will continue to be a sore spot for shoppers who prefer regular Android.

Pros
  • Great screen
  • Strong performance
  • Mayday tech support and other helpful software features
Cons
  • No Google Play access
  • $80 more expensive than its predecessor
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Model
16GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
32GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
16GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
32GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
16GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
32GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
8.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1120

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 11 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.9 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Pixel density
339 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes