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Amazon Kindle Fire

74
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
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Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

80
OurEmpireStyle
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
60
marcdryan
I just finished packing up my Kindle Fire to return to Amazon. Let me say in...read more
90
Michael Archambault
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
No
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Gingerbread [2.3])

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (MPEG-4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
No

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (8 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 8 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB

Other features

Screen size
7 inches
Screen resolution
1024x600
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes