The "1-Minute" Review
- 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.
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