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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Review

Middle of the road performance, but at a jaw-droppingly low price.

November 14, 2011
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Device & Specs

Despite the obvious difference in size, the internal hardware between the two devices are remarkably similar; the RAM, wireless card, and processor are all very closely matched, but where the Kindle is a teeny-tiny tablet, the iPad 2 is a behemoth with a much larger screen size.

Screen

Though both tablets employ an IPS display, the screen size of the Amazon Kindle Fire is far smaller than that of the iPad 2, which measures in at 9.7 inches diagonally.

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Battery

The Amazon Kindle Fire just can't keep up here, as it lags over a full hour behind the iPad 2 on each battery test (audio excluded). If a long battery life is important, the iPad 2 is the better bet for longer periods of use.

eReader

Because the Amazon Kindle Fire is married to its own eReader software initially, it is a little behind here, as the iPad 2 can choose from any app to read eBooks. On the other hand, the Amazon Kindle Fire is far smaller and easier to hold as a result.

Internet

Both have an impressive range of internet features, the Amazon Kindle Fire with Silk and streaming options, the iPad 2 with the largest app store among the tablets. It's up to you what you'd rather pick in this regard, but there are distinct advantages to both.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  12. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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