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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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Video Controls

Much like every other tablet with an iteration of modified Android 2, the video controls for the Amazon Kindle Fire are simple and easy to use. Once you select a video file to play, the control interface only stays for a second, then disappears to allow your content viewing to go unmolested.

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The elusive video controls in their natural habitat.

Video Management

If you download a lot of titles from Amazon, the management interface is easy to navigate and select videos from. If you have them stored on your computer, that's another ordeal altogether. If you'd like to port your videos from your computer, you can either use the cloud service, or you can buy the correct USB cable, hook it up to the kindle and do the drag'n'drop routine. Not complicated, but still a pain.

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Video Formats

Despite the Amazon Kindle Fire 's stellar file format support in other areas, it's a bit lacking in the video file support department. Namely, it only allows you to import and play back MP4 and VP8 files per Amazon's website. This may have to do with the fact that it may only be intended for videos you download from the Amazon store.

Internet Video

Here's a very interesting thing that Amazon elected to do: even though the Amazon Kindle Fire has stellar support for its burgeoning streaming service with Prime, it also allows you to install Android's Netflix app (meaning you don't have to take sides in the recent competition). While there is no official YouTube app on the market at the time of review, there's a good chance that there will be one in the future, as the YouTube homepage and videos work through the browser, Silk.

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YouTube currently only works via Silk.

Video Battery Life

While it should be pointed out that several different things affect battery life, if you have all applications turned off, WiFi disabled, and the screen cranked to maximum, you can expect a battery life of about 6 hours and 53 minutes. Enabling WiFi or having several programs running in the background will shorten your battery life, and if you can get away with turning the backlight down you can lengthen your battery life. Like always, your mileage may vary.

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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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