Kindle Fire – Review | 2021
The new soon-to-be-launched Amazon tablet recently announced by Jeff Bezos on September 28 has caused quite a stir among tech enthusiasts. The Kindle Fire offers tablet functionality and also a color e-book reader, but at a very attractive low price.
Fire is primarily designed as a media consumption device that runs on a modified version of the Android operating system. Does the Kindle Fire have what it takes to burn up the competition in the tablet world and have the tablet to beat it or not? Read on to find out.
Kindle Fire Features
- 7-inch color touch screen (IPS) (1024 x 6000 display resolution)
- 8 GB internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n
- Amazon Cloud for unlimited content storage
- Lightweight, weighing only 413 grams
- A single charge provides up to 8 hours of use
- Headphone jack, built-in stereo speakers
- One month free trial of Amazon Prime
The Kindle Fire bears a strong similarity to the BlackBerry Playbook in terms of the weight and feel of the device. The design itself is very streamlined, including just a power button on the unit. With its relatively small dimensions of 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches, the fire is small enough to fit in a reasonably sized pocket or be carried with one hand.
The 7-inch IPS (In-Plane Switching) multi-touch screen offers a maximum resolution of 1024 x 600 at 16 million colors. The ISP technology used provides an excellent range of viewing angles, allowing the screen to be viewed at 178 degrees or greater.
Despite having a lower resolution than the iPad, the text on the Fire screen looks clear and sharp. However, the screen doesn’t use e-Ink technology, so if you want your Kindle primarily for reading, I’d recommend one of the earlier models that featured an e-Ink screen to reduce eye strain over extended periods.
The flames are not very strong on the contact front. There is Wi-Fi support, but no Bluetooth, 3G or GPS support. The headphone jack is very useful when you want to watch movies or listen to music in private.
Amazon took a leaf from Apple’s book and opted for simplicity when designing Fire. The user interface is very simple and provides easy navigation via the touch screen. There’s a screen to flip all your digital content as well as an icon tray to store your favorite items.
When all is said and done, the Kindle Fire isn’t an iPad killer, but it certainly packs a punch with its specs and is a great entry for Amazon in the tablet market. The lack of cameras, additional internal storage options, and 3G connectivity will be the odds for some people looking for a complete tablet experience, but for many looking for a pure media consumption device, what the Fire has to offer will suffice.
The Fire’s low price point and media capabilities are very attractive, making it worth serious consideration for anyone interested in enjoying media on the go.