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Kindle Fire review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Kindle Fire currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a low cost tablet computer that was first released in November 2011 and has gone on to become one of the most popular Android-powered tablets ever. It can be argued that it contributed a great deal in popularizing the 7-inch tablet form factor. Despite the fact that it runs an older version of the Android software, it managed to attract a great deal of attention from all around the world. Apart from being portable and handy, the Fire retails for just $199, and that’s part of what has made it one of the fastest rising tablets in history.

Amazon is reportedly losing money with every Kindle Fire sold due to its $200 price tag. However, Amazon is betting that sooner or later users will pay for content available on its online store and that’s how it actually makes money—with its digital offerings. So what, other than its very affordable price, gets people to want to buy this tablet?

First off, the 7-inch 600x1024 pixel resolution makes it extremely portable. It measures 11mm thick and weighs only 413 grams, so users are able to carry it around easily whether in a bag or inside a pouch. Its other hardware features include microUSB connectivity, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, and 8GB of internal storage. Processing duties are handled by a 1GHz dual core TI OMAP CPU and 512MB of RAM, which is plenty for using the device for what it was meant to be used for: multimedia content consumption. That means reading books, listening to music, watching movies, and even playing games. Given that the Fire offers up to 7.5 hours of video playback, users will find it quite convenient to lug around during their day-to-day activities.

As mentioned earlier, it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A forked version, to be more specific. It has been tailor-made to work well with Amazon’s online services, and includes a new type of Web browser called Amazon Silk. It may be worth spending a couple of hundred dollars to get the Kindle Fire if you are a loyal Amazon customer or want to get started using Amazon’s digital services. Otherwise, there are probably better options available in the market now, starting with Google’s very own Nexus 7.

Need To Know: Amazon Kindle Fire

1. Small, portable, and lightweight yet offers enough battery life to last throughout a day’s worth of moderate to heavy use. (The Good)

2. Tight integration with Amazon online services makes it very easy to get books, music, movies, and games. (The Good)

3. Built-in multi-touch display has disappointingly low native resolution. (The Bad)

4. Amazon has no plans of providing official updates to the Android software in the future. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


GottaBeMobile

Consumers looking for a full-fledged Android tablet with all the features and specs one expects plus full access to Google Play apps and experience will be happy with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. It more than justifies its $50 premium over the Fire both on the hardware and software fronts. Consumers de...

- K. T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile
GottaBeMobile

Consumers who have simple needs or a tight budget should go for the Kindle Fire. Though not as well-rounded as the iPad, Amazon’s tablet can boast a good content ecosystem, a decent selection of apps, and ultra portability. People looking for a tablet with more of everything from apps to content to...

- K.T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile
GSMArena

It should be clear by now that the Kindle Fire isn't the cheap Android tablet some people may've been waiting for. Oh well, it is cheap. Not so sure about Android and tablet. It's more like the Kindle for music and video that loyal Kindle and Amazon users may not have been waiting for but just could...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
TechTree

The tab offers a good capacitive touchscreen, a long battery life, and decent multimedia options. However, the lack of an app store and Cloud support (for India) is a letdown. Moreover the sparse connectivity options also weakens the device's case as a good tablet. However, if you are looking for a...

- Kamakshi S, TechTree
Pocketables

When I first got the Fire I was really excited about it. It appeared to be a combination of great hardware, solid software and integration, and an even better price. I don't want to say I am disappointed, per say, but as I continued to use the tablet it just seemed to become less awesome. Quirks mad...

- Aaron Orquia, Pocketables


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Fire's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4400 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 8 hours
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.1 x 11.9 x 1.1 cm (7.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 413 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Kindle 7

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