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Kindle Fire 2 review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Kindle Fire 2 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default
  • Comes at a very affordable price

What's bad

  • Internal storage is limited to 8GB
  • Wall charger and other accessories need to be bought separately

The Kindle Fire 2 is more than just another e-book reader from Amazon. It comes from an entire line of Android-powered color screen-equipped tablet computers that don’t cost much but have an accompanying content ecosystem that will likely have you spending money on digital items in no time. It’s cheap and very easy to use. But what else does it have that the models from other tablet computer manufacturers don’t?

One of the first things you’ll notice about the 2nd-gen Kindle Fire is that it’s small and easy to carry around. It uses the same 7-inch touchscreen as its predecessor and has a native resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Also, it weighs just 400 grams and measures 11mm thick. As far as portability is concerned, the Kindle Fire 2 is excellent. This is great especially since it lasts up to 9 hours of video playback or Web surfing with Wi-Fi per full charge.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes pre-installed as the default OS, as it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430processor with 1GB of RAM. This means it can handle all kinds of movies and music formats quite well, though you’ll probably need to rely constantly on the cloud since there’s no way to physically expand the 8GB of internal storage. It’s also worth noting that a microSD card slot isn’t the only thing that’s missing from this version of the Kindle Fire. It lacks a built-in camera, Bluetooth, and doesn’t even come with a bundled wall charger. Charging needs to be done with a USB cable through its single USB port.

Despite its shortcomings, the Kindle Fire 2 is still a good choice for an entry-level Android tablet. Plus, at just a little over $150, it’s a steal. Not to mention, Amazon’s expansive digital library will be at your disposal. If you don’t wish to have any high-end features on your device, then you can’t get any better than this for the money.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


ITProPortal

If you’re really focused on budget, and absolutely want the cheapest tablet possible, then priced at £129 you can’t argue with the fact that the Kindle Fire is a great starter slate. It’s also very easy to use, and suitable as a gentle introduction to tablet computing for the...

- Sascha Segan, ITProPortal
Cnet

The Kindle Fire 2 improves on its predecessor in three key ways: faster performance, a better interface with cool new features, and a significant price reduction.

- Eric Franklin, Cnet
PhoneArena

Amazon seems like they're playing with fire with this tablet, mainly because it's competing in the space as its more prestigious offering in the Kindle Fire HD. Consumers will no doubt take notice of the Kindle Fire 2's $159 price point for a new tablet, but considering that it's only $40 less than...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Fire 2's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a OMAP4430 Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown
Amazon's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire 2 Specs

Overview
Release date September 14, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor OMAP4430 Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.9 x 12.0 x 1.1 cm (7.4 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 400 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire 2nd gen, Kindle Fire 2012

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Critic Reviews


ITProPortal

It's the best tablet at its price point

from ITProPortal

If you’re really focused on budget, and absolutely want the cheapest tablet possible, then priced at £129 you can’t argue with the fact that the Kindle Fire is a great starter slate. It’s also very easy to use, and suitable as a gentle introduction to tablet computing for...More

If you’re really focused on budget, and absolutely want the cheapest tablet possible, then priced at £129 you can’t argue with the fact that the Kindle Fire is a great starter slate. It’s also very easy to use, and suitable as a gentle introduction to tablet computing for the family/kids as a result. But I can't recommend it with too much enthusiasm because there are significantly better options for only slightly more money. Amazon’s own Kindle Fire HD is only £30 more, and for that extra bit of cash, you get a lot – a much higher quality screen, longer battery life, a front-facing camera for video chats, better Wi-Fi performance, and improved speakers and volume controls that help make it a stronger entertainment device.

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Cnet

Takes it up a notch in value, but is tethered to the same design oversights of the original

from Cnet

The Kindle Fire HD is your next stop if you're a heavy media consumer or an Amazon Prime member, or looking for a small, cheap device. Also, keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-released Nook HD. Each of those start at $200 and provide very curated and focused experiences.

The new 2012 Kind...More

The Kindle Fire HD is your next stop if you're a heavy media consumer or an Amazon Prime member, or looking for a small, cheap device. Also, keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-released Nook HD. Each of those start at $200 and provide very curated and focused experiences.

The new 2012 Kindle Fire does not do HD video, does not have an HDMI port, or expandable memory, a camera, or even volume buttons. What it does have is one of the best value ratios out there. At $159, it's the cheapest mainstream 7-inch tablet. If your eyes can stomach SD video, you don't mind some its form-factor limitations, and you are an Amazon Prime member, the Kindle Fire is a great tablet value. It's definitely not the best tablet out there, but is certainly worth a look.

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PhoneArena

Affordable price point, modest performance

from PhoneArena

Amazon seems like they're playing with fire with this tablet, mainly because it's competing in the space as its more prestigious offering in the Kindle Fire HD. Consumers will no doubt take notice of the Kindle Fire 2's $159 price point for a new tablet, but considering that it's only $40 less th...More

Amazon seems like they're playing with fire with this tablet, mainly because it's competing in the space as its more prestigious offering in the Kindle Fire HD. Consumers will no doubt take notice of the Kindle Fire 2's $159 price point for a new tablet, but considering that it's only $40 less than the superiorly equipped Kindle Fire HD, we don't see much value or reason to pay less to stick with the non-HD Kindle Fire. In all honesty, you're better off just spending the extra moolah to move up to either the Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7 running unpersonalized Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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