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AMAZON KINDLE FIRE Tablet Computer e-book reader with Wi-Fi

Kindle is a hand-held portable device intended to make it easy to read books and watch movies supplied by Amazon. The Kindle Fire is a new and improved Kindle with a color display and more capability.

The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of's Kindle e-book reader. Announced on 28 September 2011, the Kindle Fire has a color 7" multi-touch display with IPS technology and runs a forked version of Google's Android operating system. It includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books. It was released in the USA on November 14, 2011.

The device sells for US$199. It has been suggested that Amazon's business strategy is to make money on selling content through the device, as well as the device acting as a storefront for physical goods sold through Amazon.

The Kindle Fire is equipped with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. The display is a 7 inches (180 mm) multi-touch color screen with a 600×1024 pixel resolution. Connectivity is through 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 (Micro-B connector). The device includes 8 GB of internal storage — said to be enough for 80 applications, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. According to Amazon's list of technical details, the Kindle Fire's 4400 mAh battery sustains up to 8 hours of consecutive reading and up to 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off.

The Kindle Fire is running a customized Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Besides access to Amazon Appstore the Kindle Fire includes a cloud-accelerated "split browser" called Amazon Silk using Amazon EC2 for off-device cloud computation; including webpage layout and rendering, and Google's SPDY protocol for faster webpage content transmission. The user's Amazon digital content is given free storage in the Amazon Cloud's web-storage platform, and a built-in email application allows webmail ( Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL Mail, etc.) to be merged into one inbox. The subscription-based Amazon Prime, which includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, is available with a free trial period. The current version of the Kindle Fire OS as of November 29, 2011 is 6.2_User_3003020. 

Content formats supported are Kindle Format 8 (KF8), Kindle Mobi (.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

The new Kindle will give you access to almost 20 million movies, television series, songs and books. But you will also be able to download lots of applications from Amazon’s very own App Store. You can expect to see all the popular applications and games in there, such as Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds.

The Fire tablet comes with Amazon’s own Silk browser, which will allow you to browse the web quickly. Amazon’s servers are doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to browsing the web. This means that the hardware in the Kindle Fire will be spared from having to perform heavy calculations. Amazon’s servers build the pages for you and the Kindle Fire receives one data stream which displays the page.

With your Kindle Fire, you also receive free cloud storage for everything that you buy from Amazon with your tablet. What you buy will always be yours to store and retrieve on the cloud hosting that Amazon offers you with your Kindle.

The Fire tablet has a 7” touch screen display with a very impressive, high resolution (1024 x 600 pixels) display quality (169 pixels per inch).

Thanks to the IPS (in plane switching) technology, the display has a very wide viewing angle. 

The Kindle’s display has undergone a chemical process to strengthen it. The result of this is the display is 30 times harder and 20 times stiffer than regular plastic displays. The Kindle Fire’s Gorilla Glass display is of very high quality and it will be able to take more than a few bumps without breaking or getting scratched.

The Kindle Fire also has a very powerful 1GHz dual core processor. Dual core processors have shown to greatly improve performance in mobile devices.  The Kindle’s powerful hardware is spared because of the fact that Amazon’s servers handle the heavy lifting. This helps increase performance even more!

The Kindle Fire’s dimensions are 7.5” x 4.7” x 0.45” and it weighs a mere 14.6 ounces. This makes the Fire pretty portable. It’s certainly small enough to stuff in your bag so you can take it wherever you like. It’s wireless connection to the Internet makes it as mobile as can be.

The new Amazon Kindle has 8GB of internal storage. That’s plenty of storage for dozens of applications, movies, music titles and books. Let’s see if you can read / view / watch / hear them all in the 8 hours of battery life that the Fire offers you!

The Fire has 3.5 mm stereo audio jack. You don’t necessarily need to use a headset, because the Fire also has integrated speakers at the top. 

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Kindle Fire stereo speakers

The Kindle Fire also has very good support for Wi-Fi connectivity. You can surf the web wherever you like, whether you are at home and using a private Wi-Fi network or whether you are out of the house and making use of a public Wi-Fi network. Supported networks are: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.1X. There is also support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.

The Kindle Fire tablet has a USB 2.0 micro-B connector, so that you can hook up your USB devices to it.

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Kindle Fire earphone jack, Micro-USB power port

Kindle Fire Micro-USB cable

The Kindle Fire tablet allows you to stream music and movies straight to your tablet. You can store your favorite music on Amazon’s Cloud Drive, which is accessible at all times. You can choose from no less than 17 million music titles from the Amazon MP3 Store. Movies and TV shows are available for renting, purchasing, streaming and downloading.

You can also read magazines on your tablet in magazine style: you can flip through the pages as if you are reading an actual paper magazine. Magazines are display in full screen, so nothing distracts you from you and your magazine. But it doesn’t stop here: magazines on the Kindle Fire will have integrated video and audio. This is the future we’re living in, after all!

Naturally, the Kindle Fire supports all the Android games that you’ve played and loved on other Android mobile devices. 

Next to games, you’ll also get access to all the applications you’re used to. Weather prediction apps, navigational apps, social media apps, and more. Like with the Android Market, there is a small fee for applications and games. 

Thanks to the integrated email app, you will be able to retrieve all of your webmail right to your Kindle. Whether you are using AOL, Yahoo!, Hotmail or Gmail… the Fire’s email app can handle it and gives you a central place to retrieve, read and reply to all of your email.

The Fire’s user interface has been specifically designed to be very intuitive and easy to use. You might think that when device has a touch screen, it is automatically easy to use. But not every mobile device implements touch screen input functionality as well as the rest. The Kindle Fire, however, is a great example of a touch screen user interface done the right way.

The Kindle Fire’s powerful dual core processor no doubt helps a great deal in making the touch screen interface very smooth. All you have to do is tap & drag. Everybody can effortlessly navigate his or her way through the Fire’s user interface. The whole world is at your fingertips. All your recently played music titles, all your recently watched movies, all your recently accessed games & apps… everything is always within reach.

Not all of Amazon’s Kindle tablets support multi touch. Rest assured that the Fire does, in fact, support multi touch. 

There are literally millions and millions of books available to you when you are the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. 

The great thing is that by far the most books available for the Kindle, will cost you $9.99 or less. And then there are the more than 2 million books that have no more copyright and which are available for free!

The Kindle Fire is available November 15th, 2011 through Amazon Digital Services in the USA only. It will be sold at the very competitive price of $199.

The display can be presented landscape or portrait

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Amazon Kindle Fire support

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon's revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

Movies, magazines and children's books come alive on a 7" vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing your screen with others.

Over 100,000 movies and TV shows, including thousands of new releases and your favorite TV shows, are available to stream or download, purchase or rent - all just one tap away. Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows.

Read bestsellers, children's books, comic books, and cookbooks in vibrant color. The Kindle Store offers over 1 million books, including 800,000 titles at $9.99 or less. In addition, over 2 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available.

Kindle makes it easy to take your documents with you. You can e-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle so you can read them anytime, anywhere.

Stay in touch using built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email accounts. Additional email apps are available

The Amazon Kindle Fire is the first small tablet that average users can pick up and immediately use, with a simple, clear interface. Then there's the price: Android along with amazing specs for just $199. 

Both the memory and battery are sealed in, and the only interruptions in its smooth, black form are the headphone jack, Power button, MicroUSB jack, and dual stereo speakers. There's no camera. It uses 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks to get online; there's no cellular radio or Bluetooth connectivity.

Turn the Kindle Fire on and the 7-inch 1024-by-600 IPS LCD screen lights up. This display is very sharp and clear, but it's also rather reflective.  You may have trouble reading in bright light because of the screen's sometimes mirror-like gloss. 

OS and Content
The Kindle Fire packs a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and runs a very highly customized version of Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread).

Home page access includes Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs, Apps, and Web. Most of the rest of the home screen is devoted to a Cover Flow-like carousel of your most recently used content, with four user-assignable favorites at the bottom.

Each of the seven sections gives you a virtual "bookshelf" of items stored on your Fire along with a link to Amazon's relevant store. Yes, this tablet is designed to make you buy stuff from Amazon. You don't have to—you can load your own files—but it's very, very easy to buy and arrange items from Amazon's many digital shops. 

Most people are familiar with Kindle books, which read and sync well on the Fire. There are some new kinds of content in the bookstore for Amazon too, like color childrens books, for example. But they show up in landscape format. 

The Music option lets you stream songs from your Amazon Cloud Drive or play files stored on the device. To get them onto your tablet, you can buy them from the Amazon MP3 store, or drag and drop or sync them from your PC. The Kindle Fire comes with free, unlimited cloud storage for anything you buy from Amazon. You can store non-Amazon files, too, but you only get 5GB; upgrading to 20GB costs $20 per year.

That cloud storage is very important. With only 6.5GB of free, onboard storage, you can only store three or four movies and some choice playlists on the tablet at a time. Everything else resides in the cloud locker, and you swap items in and out when you need more room.

Video lets you rent, buy or download movies or TV shows, or play Amazon Prime's subscription streaming video service. Docs lets you view documents you've sent to the Kindle's dedicated email address. Apps shows the apps you've downloaded from Amazon's app store or sideloaded onto the tablet, and Web loads the Silk browser.

The Kindle Fire handles MP3, AAC, and OGG music, including album art. For video, it plays H.264 and MPEG4 only, at resolutions up to 1080p. There's no Bluetooth stereo support, HDMI out, or way to connect the Kindle to a TV; Amazon would rather you play its cloud content through an Amazon-enabled set-top box like a TiVo.

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 Port USB 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.

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