Amazon Kindle Fire


A heavily anticipating tablet

For many of you who have heavily anticipating Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, the wait is finally over. The gadget was officially announced last month at an event which happened in New York. Amazon Kindle Fire will be a serious competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7, the iPad 2 and the BlackBerry PlayBook, mainly because it only costs $199 without sacrificing performance in the meantime. Sure, the latter is not as brilliant as what the other three can offer, but it still places this gadget in top 10. Read the following review to find out more about the device we tested.

Solid design

First of all, let’s see what the Amazon Kindle Fire has to offer where design is concerned. If you’ve ever seen or owned a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 or a BlackBerry PlayBook, you’ll feel right at home with this new tablet, since it has a similar feel and design as them. The build is smooth and solid and we can tell you that it doesn’t break that easily. This is a small product when compared to the others we mentioned earlier, measuring only 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ and weighing 14.6 ounces. Black is the color available with the Kindle Fire and it fits the gadget

7″ LCD display

When it comes to the type of screen, the tablet we reviewed had a 7″ LCD one, half of what the Apple iPad offers, a fact that can make users refrain from getting the Kindle Fire. The display features 1024-by-600 IPS which, combined with the LCD factor, offers good levels of clarity and sharpness. The only thing we didn’t like about this screen was that it was somewhat reflective. Using the gadget outside in bright sunlight during our tests resulted in a mirror-like gloss. There are 2 soft keyboards available and typing on them worked well enough, despite some sluggishness when pressing the buttons and the fact that, when dragging a finger even for a little bit to the wrong side when tapping, means that the navigation won’t open properly.

1GHz TI OMAP4 processor

Amazon’s Kindle Fire comes pre-installed with the following processor: a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4 with 6.5GB of memory available. As for OS, the device packs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Starting the gadget up we were presented with 7 sections that showed us all the items stored on it and also a link to Amazon’s online store.

Apps are offered via the Amazon app store. Things like Maps, Gmail, Calendar Navigation, and the Google App Market aren’t featured on this tablet. On the plus side, services were all very good; the e-book store, music store and videos were among our favorites. Watching videos was, in fact, the main attraction that made the gadget really stand out for us.

8GB storage capacity

Features of the new Kindle Fire tablet include a web browser (named Silk; it makes the tablet load pages faster than devices offered by Apple), a microUSB connection, the possibility to view photos/read common document files (like Excel, PDF, Word and many more), speakers, a headphone jack and so on.

Storage is somewhat limited, with just 8GB to your disposal, but fortunately the Cloud Drive service comes with 5GB of storage. When we tested the product, the battery life it managed to last almost 8 hours on a single charge.

While we really enjoyed working with the Kindle Fire, we couldn’t help but miss some basic stuff which lacked here, such as maps, GPS, microphone, compass, Bluetooth audio or keyboard support, card slot for extra memory and many more.

Review conclusion

At the end of our review, in our vision, the net Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet PC is a good gadget, even though it only costs $199.

Technical specifications

* 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor
* Android 2.3
* Wifi-only (802.11 b/g/n)
* WiFi, no 3G option
* Whispersync
* Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
* USB 2.0
* Supported content: unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
* Gorilla Glass display material
* Approximate charge time: 4 hours
* 3.5mm headphone jack
* Amazon Silk browser
* 8GB of on-board storage
* 7-inch IPS display at 1024×600 pixel, 169 ppi
* 14.6 ounces
* Size: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).