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Review: Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire Tablet

Updated on January 23, 2012

The Kindle Fire costs a mere $200 dollars which is great for a tablet. At this price it will not break your pockets, but it will provide a very pleasing tablet computing experience - for a very affordable price. In this review I'm going to briefly discuss the overall design of the Kindle Fire, available applications and software, and finally the hardware.

The Kindle Fire has a 1GHz dual-core processer 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. Approximately 6 GB of that 8GB is available to users for storage. That means, if you're looking to store a lot of data (music, movies) on the tablet, this is not the device for you because it's limited to about 6GB of storage. However, it does compensate for this by offering unlimited cloud space for all Kindle Fire owners…more on this later.

The overall design of the Kindle Fire is nice, although it looks a lot like the Black Berry Play Book; nonetheless, the Kindle fire is a much better piece of hardware. With its 7" LCD running 1024x768 resolution, it fits nicely in one hand. The overall quality feels nice in hand, feels very sturdy, not inexpensive which is quite amazing for a $200 tablet...it does not feel cheap at all (which was my biggest concern).

The speakers are at the very top of the Kindle fire while the power button is down below (when in portrait mode). The Kindle Fire does not have a physical volume button...which is somewhat of an inconvenience. This is probably one of my biggest gripes about the Kindle Fire.

Unfortunately, the keyboard on the kindle is a little cramped, and not very responsive...there is a delay when typing...and it needs improvements….I’m hoping this will get repaired with a firmware update in the near future.

The Kindle Fire comes with the Amazon Silk Browser which is integrated with Amazon’s Cloud computing infrastructure to supposedly increase browser performance; however, it's not as fast as I would like. One good thing that I really like…Amazon’s Silk Browser supports Flash so you’ll be able to watch all your flash content with the Kindle Fire. It works great with YouTube.

The operating system runs customized version of the Android Gingerbread OS therefore, it doesn't look like anything else available right now. The graphical user interface is fluid, smooth, well-polished, and looks quite nice. The notification bar has been moved from the top center to the top left hand corner, and tapping right hand corner will present your standard settings and configurations.

All Kindle Fire owners become members of the Amazon’s Owners Lenders Library. This means you can rent one electronic book every month for free. They are downloaded directly onto the Kindle Fire. Every Kindle Fire owner receives an Amazon Prime membership free for one month. This is great because there are thousands of movies to watch...it looks a lot like Netflix. I found the video quality to be very good, and there is very little delay in loading movies.

Unfortunately, opening applications on the Fire is a little slow, but after the apps open, they work just fine. Battery life is great, I get about 8 hours per charge for reading, and like 7.5 hours of video per charge.

My Overall conclusion is that it feels polished, looks nice while navigating; it is great for eBooks, excellent for 1 hand use, can do most things and Ipad can do, and the best part...it's only $200. I would recommend this as a good entry level tablet computer for everyone.

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