Part e-book reader and part tablet device, the AmazonR Kindle Fire took the electronics world by storm when it was released in November 2011. Take a look at some of the Kindle Fire's features, and decide whether it could be the speedy and affordable tablet of your dreams.
Display, size and weight
The 7-inch screen of the Kindle Fire is protected by CorningR Gorilla Glass, which is notoriously resilient to dings and scratches. The resolution is a hearty 1024 x 600 pixels, displaying up to 16 million colors in high resolution and 169 pixels per inch.
The tablet measures 7.5 inches tall, 4.7 inches across, 0.45 inches thick and 14.6 ounces in weight. The size makes it easy to transport in a handbag or sleeve, and it is relatively lightweight.
The Kindle Fire boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The tablet also features 8GB of internal memory, enough to store around 80 apps plus a fair amount of media content.
It contains a micro USB 2.0 connector for charging or transferring files to or from a computer, and a 3.5mm stereo audio jack, for plugging in headphones or speakers.
Supported media formats, according to Amazon, include AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, AA, AAX, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, and VP8.
The tablet runs Amazon's particular version of the Android operating system, which is geared primarily towards the Amazon ecosystem of content and apps. This includes free cloud storage for all your Amazon digital content, including MP3s, Kindle books, magazines and more. It also includes the Amazon App Store, which is slightly more limiting than the Google Play Store found on other Android devices, but still offers its fair share of apps.
Like other Kindle devices, the Kindle Fire uses Whispersync, which allows you to sync your Kindle library across several devices. If you left off on a particular page reading on your Kindle Fire, you can pick up at that same spot when you load up Kindle for PC or the Kindle app on your smartphone. It also syncs your bookmarks, notes and highlights.
Email and internet
The Kindle Fire connects to Wi-Fi and keeps you connected with a built-in email app, supporting most popular email services. It also has the Amazon Silk browser, a fast and fully functional web browser which even supports AdobeR FlashR content.
The Kindle Fire's battery should last up to eight hours of continuous reading time, or up to seven and a half hours of watching video, with wireless internet turned off. Charging time is rated at about four hours.
The price and impressive specs of the Kindle Fire have made it a popular choice as an e-reader and media consumption device. Visit Amazon.com to find out even more information about the Kindle Fire and other Kindle devices.