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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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Reading Books

Pre-loaded onto the Amazon Kindle Fire is the famed Kindle application, which allows you access to the Kindle eBookstore, as well as the brand-spanking new Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Needless to say, as this bit of software is the premier eReading software so far, it is the ideal eReader app for any tablet. Controls are very natural, as you can swipe or tap to turn pages while reading an eBook. You can also mark up your text a bit, as well as facebook or tweet your favorite passages that you come across, or even change the font size and color if you're having trouble seeing the screen, or even feel like shaking it up a little bit. You couldn't ask for more here.

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The classic, clean Kindle interface.

Buying Books

Once you've set up your Kindle account with billing information, you can search the eBookstore for new books. Once you've found a title you like, simply tap "buy" or "download," and your title begins its journey through the internet to your tablet. If that isn't enough to excite you, it also is logged on the Amazon cloud. Should you ever delete this book and want to get it again, you can simply re-download it from your account. In an age of frustrating DRM issues and mismanaged content stores, Amazon has some of the best solutions so far.

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Welcome to the bookstore.
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eBook Formats

Perhaps one of the more unique things about the Amazon Kindle Fire is the fact that it has so many eBook file formats supported. For those of you who are curious, the list includes:.azw, MOBI, PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, PRC, and Audible eBook formats. If for some reason you have eBooks in other file formats, you can always email them to your kindle account to have them converted for you, or converted using free software online.

Newspapers & Magazines

Tap on the newsstand text for access to Kindle's periodical market. Inside, you'll find a plethora of titles to choose from, including subscriptions for those of you looking to ditch the paper delivered to your door every week. Each periodical is read much like the books are, with taps and swipes to turn pages.

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Get the latest news in print, but online.

eBook Battery Life

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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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