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Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

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Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Introduction:

Back for round two, the true successor to Amazon's flagship tablet is finally here in the form of the Kindle Fire (2), coming with upgraded processor, memory and battery but otherwise identical to the original model. Tempting consumers with its attractive and lower price point of $159, it's sure to raise a few suspect eyes in the process, but will it still be substantial enough to make it a worthwhile offering compared to its more impressive sibling in the Kindle Fire HD?

Box and contents - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Box and contents - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Box and contents - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

Box and contents



Design:

New model, same design as before. That pretty much sums up the Amazon Kindle Fire 2, as it's an exact facsimile to its predecessor in every aspect – both in its construction and choice of materials. Certainly, we can't expect much in the design front, especially for its price point and all, but hey, it's easier to grasp with one hand than the Kindle Fire HD.

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is an exact facsimile to its predecessor in every aspect - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is an exact facsimile to its predecessor in every aspect - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is an exact facsimile to its predecessor in every aspect


Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

Analyzing its body meticulously from head-to-toe, it's safe to say that it has one clean appearance – with only its two speakers, power button, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port occupying its sides.

The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

The sides of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2


Worth pointing out, there's no expandable memory or microHDMI port with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2, which isn't too surprising at all.


Display:

Employing the same 7" IPS LCD display as the first generation, it's effective enough for most things – such as reading a book or surfing the web. Even though we're seeing higher resolutions on other 7-inch displays, the Kindle Fire 2's 1024 x 600 resolution still coughs up enough detail for us to comfortably view fine text. Even though we like its neutral color production, there's some distortion at various viewing angles. Additionally, outdoor usage is challenging, seeing that it has a tendency to appear washed out.

Viewing angles - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Viewing angles - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Viewing angles - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

Viewing angles



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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 08:58 3

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Failed to succeesfully create a sequel to the OG kindle fire. the Kindle Fire HD is better in every way

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 11:44 2

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


And nexus 7 is better than fire hd

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:23 1

3. Seymour (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


especially N7's build quality. right?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:47

4. LittlePlum (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Can you read a book in the sunlight?

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) IPS LCD
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1024 MB RAM
Size7.44 x 4.72 x 0.45 inches
(189 x 120 x 11.5 mm)
14.1 oz  (400 g)

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