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The Amazon Kindle Fire: Benchmarked, Tested, And Reviewed

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November 24, 2011 4:55:24 AM

Should of done other comparisons with Tablets around the Kindles Price range like the Coby Kyros. I personally don't have either the Kyros or the Kindle Fire. But recently My sister bought it and she is thoroughly enjoying it. I received a Ipad2 though because of the Academy at my School that I belong to and I'm quite pleased with it, even though I'm a big android fan.
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November 24, 2011 7:42:38 AM

How do I win a Radeon 6990?
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November 24, 2011 7:51:47 AM

Anonymous said:
How do I win a Radeon 6990?


Ummm.... what? :heink:  This is a Kindle Fire review.....

Cheers,
Andrew Ku
TomsHardware.com
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November 24, 2011 9:24:38 AM

ackuUmmm.... what? This is a Kindle Fire review.....Cheers,Andrew KuTomsHardware.com

Just give him the 6990, the poor fellow just wants to play BF3.
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November 24, 2011 9:48:59 AM

ackuUmmm.... what? This is a Kindle Fire review.....Cheers,Andrew KuTomsHardware.com


Ever heard of bots? There're tons of those on Tom's nowadays.

GoldengooseJust give him the 6990, the poor fellow just wants to play BF3.


A GPU of a 560 Ti level maxes it out @ 1080p, no need for a 6990.

Back to topic...

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Notably, it's missing a slew of features, including a GPS, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a microphone.


ROFL, and who needs a tablet without all that? That's right, Amazon fanboys. That company is an utter POS that is not unlike Apple, designing underpowered useless products and delivering them as "innovative". The only "innovative" thing here is a complete dependency on the company's online services... oops, nevermind, Apple did it first :kaola: 
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November 24, 2011 11:13:16 AM

Wait, what? Is there such a thing as an Amazon fanboy?
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November 24, 2011 11:39:09 AM

The iPad took a part of the market away from the PC, in the sense that there are folks out there who don't need the full functionality of a PC and the media consumption tablet gave them a device more suited for their needs. The same thing is happening here, if not as dramatically. The Fire may not have all the functionality of an iPad, but there's a lot of folks out there that will get the Fire *instead* of the iPad because it provides all the functionality they need. It isn't an iPad killer. But it *is* going to hurt iPad sales.
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November 24, 2011 11:57:20 AM

I think it's hilarious how the best selling droid tab this year is completely closed off, limited, and controlled. Sounds familiar doesn't it :p 

And do not say "ya, but you can root it!!!". That's nice, people can jailbreak their iPads. You cannot include rooting and jailbreaking when you talk about something being open
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November 24, 2011 12:43:48 PM

__-_-_-__"That rules out video conferencing using Skype or mapping out directions to the bar across town."There are some new devices called WEBCAM and bluetooth or usb GPS that would enable that. you might want to check this huge innovation. -.-


The Fire doesn't have either of those things. Not going to work. You should check out the specs of the Fire first.
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November 24, 2011 3:20:35 PM

Actually this tablet surprised me, I didn't expect that much from the kindle fire.
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November 24, 2011 3:55:01 PM

BlackHawk91Actually this tablet surprised me, I didn't expect that much from the kindle fire.

Oh yeah? You bought a Fire?

Cheers,
Andrew Ku
TomsHardware.com
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November 24, 2011 7:05:14 PM

i was playing with my classmate's kindle fire yesterday, an amazing little device. despite all the negative reviews ive been reading, it just showed me that we've been seriously spoiled with some amazing technology.... it's really an amazing piece of tech
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November 24, 2011 8:05:30 PM

At that price ($199), why not buy a 16GB Playbook? At least it's a "real" full featured tablet. The QNX OS rocks too. Anyone who's tried it loves the interface compared to an Android tablet...

This article is a big fail.. they should have included it to compare.

Just sayin...
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November 24, 2011 9:31:10 PM

Like the author implied, the fire will make a great Trojan for amazon store:) 
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November 24, 2011 10:19:22 PM

josh jonesLike the author implied, the fire will make a great Trojan for amazon store


You can say the same thing with the Ipad and the Itunes store. Except for the fact that Amazon isn't making money with just selling the Kindle Fire alone.

Still though I like both the Ipad and Kindle Fire.
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November 26, 2011 5:11:13 AM

Is the A5's RAM really clocked at 1066MHz, or is it actually 533MHz and 1066 after the DDR conversion? It's a little unfair to list it after the DDR conversion and the others before.

Also, I want to elaborate on the GPU. The OMAP 4430's SGX540 runs at 300MHz, not 200MHz, so those figures are a little misleading.
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November 26, 2011 9:26:46 AM

A very informative review. I was interested in the Kindle Fire for a while for its super-cheap price tag, but didn't pull the trigger on it because I don't really need a tablet.

It seems like a good product from Amazon, but for my expected use, it isn't sufficient. I mainly use my iPod touch to read comics in JPEG format, so not being able to install many apps + having limited space really hurts.
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November 26, 2011 9:40:18 AM

eddieroolzA very informative review. I was interested in the Kindle Fire for a while for its super-cheap price tag, but didn't pull the trigger on it because I don't really need a tablet.It seems like a good product from Amazon, but for my expected use, it isn't sufficient. I mainly use my iPod touch to read comics in JPEG format, so not being able to install many apps + having limited space really hurts.


Glad you liked it! Most of the time I cringe when the table discussion turns to tablets. A lot of tech reviewers aren't even really technies. They come from a Communication background, which is why the Fire is always pitted in a iPad 2 fight. Plus, the investors want the Apple fight cause they only see things in terms of units sold.

The engineers and consumers want a comparison based on features and usability. And the executives and PR people want a comparison based on demographics.

The truth lies somewhere in the middle. For me, this tablet is very attractive, but then again, I like amazon. If you're not part of that crowd, it's a harder purchase to justify in the long run.

Cheers,
Andrew Ku
TomsHardware.com
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Anonymous
November 27, 2011 2:31:50 AM

I pruchased on, love it! no need to root. Just sideloading is all you need. The interface is easy, quick, fun. My mom loves it and is getting one for xmas. My phone has a camera plus who uses video conferencing apps anyways? I'd rather wait for a Dick Tracy watch.
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November 27, 2011 12:24:17 PM

Good review, but not clear why Xoom makes it into review, while much more popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't
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November 27, 2011 5:04:25 PM

I find the WiFi throughput tests to be odd. According to Anandtech and others, the iPad and iPad 2, which has slightly better performance, have the best WiFi throughput at over 30Mbs, but here, it's about a third. Something's wrong with those tests.
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November 27, 2011 6:02:21 PM

melgross_85I find the WiFi throughput tests to be odd. According to Anandtech and others, the iPad and iPad 2, which has slightly better performance, have the best WiFi throughput at over 30Mbs, but here, it's about a third. Something's wrong with those tests.


I'm not sure what the setup of other sites are. I specifically. tried to create a real-world scenario of testing, but since you pointed it out, I'll retest the iPad 2 for our next article.

Cheers,
Andrew Ku
TomsHardware.com
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November 28, 2011 1:09:17 AM

The Fire is significantly better when rooted. Amazon's interface makes mine lag, but I have SetCPU running the CPU at a faster minimum clock to keep things snappy. I also have all of the standard Googlegroups apps, which actually work really well once you tweak it properly. I'm hoping for a CM ROM based on ICS!
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Anonymous
November 28, 2011 3:01:17 AM

Ah, glad to hear that this tablet is fine. Because the only reason I want it is for a backlit, color e-reader with a medium screen, and minimal features. For many years I've been using the Nokia N800 for my reading, maybe this can finally replace it.
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November 29, 2011 1:55:34 PM

test Vizio's 8" tablet. I have that and the kindle fire. the Vizio's screen seems to have a more limited viewing angle than Fire's and at times not as snappy as the Fire, but the touch screen is very responsive. I can't find the cpu specs for the vizio in or on the box that it came in. but for $190 it's not a bad little device for web surfing, videos, and can be used at a TV remote, which is pretty cool.
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November 29, 2011 1:58:36 PM

SLABBOtest Vizio's 8" tablet. I have that and the kindle fire. the Vizio's screen seems to have a more limited viewing angle than Fire's and at times not as snappy as the Fire, but the touch screen is very responsive. I can't find the cpu specs for the vizio in or on the box that it came in. but for $190 it's not a bad little device for web surfing, videos, and can be used at a TV remote, which is pretty cool.


oh, 1 other thing to note, is that the Fire's WiFi range is better than my Vizio's. I noticed that as I walked around my house that I lost more bars and connection at shorter distances that I did on my Fire. I'm using a N300 router btw.
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November 30, 2011 3:12:55 PM

It seems the Kindle Fire is a Kindle with more bells and whistles rather than a full fledged tablet. I was thinking of asking my husband for a Kindle e-reader for Christmas but this makes me wonder if I shouldn't be in the market for some sort of tablet instead.
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Anonymous
November 30, 2011 4:35:05 PM

I was planning on getting the Kindle Touch on Black Friday since it was on sale at Staples. The lady in front of me bought the last one. I decided to go with a Kindle Fire and have absolutely no regrets. I love it! My intentions were to use it as just a beefed up e-reader but now I find myself using apps like Netflix, Words with Friends and Pandora on a daily basis. Netflix looks amazing! However, I have only used another tablet (iPad) once ^_^ so my expectations are likely lower than other people.
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November 30, 2011 8:40:37 PM

I picked up 2 of these, 1 for each of my kids, for Xmas. They are young, but I am sure they will love it. One of them is at the reading age, so I am hoping that he will really dig the kids' e-books, and will hopefully get more and more in to it as an e-reader as time goes on. Also, love the "free app a day" that Amazon does. Just got Serious Sam's new app for them yesterday for free (have to check on the kid-friendliness of that one) and will continue to watch for good ones so they have plenty to check out on the big day. In regards to performance, it does seem to lag a bit, and I haven't even really played any of the games. I downloaded Comixology and a few free comics and love how you interface with that.
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Anonymous
December 2, 2011 1:45:29 AM

Is the battery replaceable by the owner?
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December 2, 2011 4:56:26 AM

KateryIs the battery replaceable by the owner?

Well.... no more so than a unibody macbook pro. If you know what you're doing and can find the spare battery, it should be easy... If you're talking about hot swap like the Toshiba Thrive, then the answer is no.
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December 4, 2011 2:27:02 AM

lol android needs a useragent faker
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Anonymous
December 2, 2012 3:12:03 PM

I LOVE MY KINDLE FIRE. Have had it for a year, and have gone through a few different cords to charge battery, but just charged via usb just fine. I love it love it love it.
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