Amazon Kindle Fire 

Released November, 2011
  • Wi-Fi
  • 7"
  • 1024 x 600
  • 8 GB
7.1 Out of 10

Text is equally crisp and vivid, especially when we zoomed right in while reading books and web pages.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
As soon as we switched on the device the vibrancy, crispness and pureness of the colours on that 169ppi screen really shone through (the iPad 2 is only 132ppi).
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)

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In terms of the look and usability of the Silk browser, it's definitely more likable than the default Android smartphone and tablet browser, but not as smooth or intuitive as Safari for iOS 6.



7.5 Out of 10

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Each of which are represented by an icon or a WebOS-like card, and it also looks fabulous in landscape mode and you won't find yourself pining for the generic Android experience - at least we didn't.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
Beyond the UI, Android does shine through in some areas.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
With a skinned version of the now-dated Android 2.3 (rather than Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean) on board, it's also the first to run anything other than Amazon's non-native software.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)

Operating system

The build is one of those things, while the refreshing user interface, display, touchscreen and built-in eco-system of content are better than they have any right to be at this price.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
But the revolution Amazon started with its 7-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet, which Amazon diligently plotted for the last couple of years off the back of its Kindle e-reader successes, has been jumped upon by Google and Co., and now the Kindle Fire faces competition from models with improved specs and software, for the same price.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
However, a start-up time of 36 seconds is extremely pedestrian compared to the iPad 2 and the other top-of-the-line Android slates.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)


But, a fully fledged Android tablet with a top-level ecosystem of multimedia content for less than half the price of its competitors didn't just change the game, it changed the sport.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
The menus and settings will be familiar to Android phone and tablet owners, while learning to navigate around this device won't be too challenging for first time buyers or Kindle graduates.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
What would be the use of a $159 Android tablet that doesn't work, has a terrible touchscreen or buggy, unusable software?
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)


The Amazon Kindle Fire still represents astonishingly good value for money.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)


After all, even though a Ford Focus will get you from A to B, it won't do it with the same smoothness, style and speed as a Lamborghini.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Screen resolution 1024 x 600
Screen size 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight
Screen type LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No


Sync across multiple devices Yes
Note taking Yes
Text to speech Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes
Web browser Yes
Stereo speakers Yes
Evernote integration Yes
Landscape mode Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Parental controls Yes


Internal storage 5.5 GB
Expansion slot None
Memory 8 GB

form factor

Size 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 413 g
Interface touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes


Input/Output port micro-USB
Cellular data None
Bluetooth connectivity No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz
Document support
  1. AZW
  2. KF8
  3. PDF
  4. PRC
  5. MOBI
  6. TXT
  7. AAX
  8. DOC
  9. HTML
Image support
  1. JPEG
  2. GIF
  3. PNG
  4. BMP


Uses an open platform No
Bookstore Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes
Cloud storage Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No
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