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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

From a hardware standpoint, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 blows the Amazon Kindle Fire out of the water. With double the RAM, bigger screen, and a much larger hard drive, the tiny Kindle Fire just doesn't hold up in a pound-for-pound comparison.

Screen

Though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ha a much larger screen, it's also got its own problems. While the Amazon Kindle Fire has an IPS display with great contrast, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an older TFT display with worse contrast, but better color scores.

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Battery

The Amazon Kindle Fire lags behind by over an hour in video battery life, and almost two in eBook reading. For long trips, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a much better choice for extended periods of media viewing.

eReader

This one's a tossup, as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has access to more eReader software apps, but the Amazon Kindle Fire is much smaller and easier to port around.

Internet

The Galazy Tab 10.1 comes with full access to the Android market, giving it a much wider range of apps than the Amazon Kindle Fire enjoys. That being said, the browser on the Amazon Kindle Fire is much more efficient, but this comparison is much more dependent on user preference; the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is by no means a bad web browser either.

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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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