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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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Screen

The screen of the Amazon Kindle Fire is a 6 x 4.56 inch IPS display, ensconced inside a chemically treated layer of glass to resist scratches and breaks. Though this screen is durable, you'll find that it struggles greatly with color performance, even if the contrast is somewhat decent. Because there are no other physical control buttons outside of the power button, you will primarily be using the capacitive touch screen for every command you send to your Kindle Fire. Not to worry though, it is quite responsive and clear.

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Indoor & Outdoor Use

We are still waiting on mother nature to comply with our requests for certain lux levels outdoors, but we can safely admonish users looking for a tablet that will perform well outdoors to be careful with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Like most other LCD screens, the backlighting is easily overpowered by even moderate levels of sunlight, direct or ambient. Because LCD screens require a strong backlight to display a visible picture (rather than ambient light), a brighter light source will make the screen look washed out and extremely hard to see.

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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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