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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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Music & Audio Controls

Much like other tablets with an operating system based on Android 2, the Amazon Kindle Fire has a relatively simple control setup, but you aren't quite able to control the playback with a mini player in the home screen, like Android 3 devices can. Most of the controls are readily visible and easy to use, as their icons are large enough to be tapped with even large, Quasimodo-like fingers. You can also make playlists, and shuffle your music back and forth from the Amazon cloud, which we'll get into a bit later.

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Looks, simple enough, right?

Music & Audio Management

If you sign up for Amazon's cloud service (free for now), you can upload a decently large amount of your music to their servers, or store music bought via their MP3 store in the cloud, allowing you to stream your library from anywhere with a WiFi connection you can use. For those of you lamenting the small hard drive, this is somewhat of a nice consolation, though it really does serve to rip down your battery life, as wireless destroys battery life when pushed to its limits of bandwidth.

For music stored on the Amazon Kindle Fire 's hard drive, you can peruse the track list through the main music control screen if you tap the icon in the top-right of the screen. It's not the prettiest interface, but it works.

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Music & Audio Formats

Music & Audio Battery Life

Not surprisingly, the Amazon Kindle Fire is capable of playing back audio files over 24 consecutive hours. This is mostly due to the fact that the Amazon Kindle Fire automatically turns off its screen after a certain user-defined period of inactivity, but the result is more or less standard among tablets.

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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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