Video Review: Hands-On with the Amazon Kindle Fire

Posted by · November 21, 2011 4:10 pm

Like millions of other people, I’m going to be asking Santa for a tablet this year.  Having never used a tablet before (I know. I can’t believe it either), I need to do a significant amount of research before I make my final decision about what tablet to request.

Last week, I got to use one of the newest additions to the tablet market, the Amazon Kindle Fire. Rather than writing a review of the tablet, I thought I’d share a video of my first impressions.

All-in-all, I was impressed with the Fire.  It does everything I want to do on a tablet: watch videos, play games, browse the Internet and read books.  And the $199 price point is hard to beat.  We’ll see how it stacks up to the other tablets I’ll be reviewing later this week (check back on Friday, if you’re not out shopping).

If you’re wondering about the Kindle Fire’s more detailed features, here’s the technical specifications, straight from Amazon itself:

Display: 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches): 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements: None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.

On-device Storage: 8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. USB PortUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Fire User’s Guide (pre-installed on device). Additional information available online.

Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.

Included in the Box: Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.