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Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

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Interface:

On the surface of this Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire 2 packs the same heavily skinned UI as before, lacking the core Google apps such as the Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Its homescreen is predominantly occupied by a 3D carousel of recently accessed apps. Obviously, if you've experienced the Kindle Fire already, you'll be familiar with this one, since it's unchanged. However, we're now greeted with various ads in the lock screen, which seems to center around Amazon's retail ecosystem. All in all, it lacks the depth of personalization and "with Google" comforts found with other Android tablets in the same category, but the basic no-frills approach earns itself a low learning curve that some people appreciate.

UI of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
UI of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
UI of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
UI of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

UI of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2



Processor:

Whereas the outside and most of the hardware are unchanged with the Kindle Fire 2, its processor has been upgraded to a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with 1GB of RAM. For an entry-level tablet, it exudes a mostly responsive performance with nearly all operations – though, its action isn’t as buttery smooth in execution as the Kindle Fire HD.


Internet:

We've seen better performances with other tablets, but nevertheless, the web browsing performance of the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is agreeable. Relying in the same Webkit-based Silk browser, which offers server-side optimizations for faster page loads, it handles all navigational tasks without much fluff. However, there are still some rendering delays when scrolling very quickly, but it's not terrible at all.

Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2



Camera & Multimedia:

In keeping to a strict budget more than likely, the Kindle Fire 2 again lacks any sort of cameras. Indeed, some might be bummed about this, but as we've pointed out on numerous occasions, some don't take fancy in shooting photos or videos with a tablet.

Same UI, same exact music player from before. Despite its barebones approach, we're comforted to find the audio quality from its stereo speakers to be very pleasant.

Fortunately this time around, the preloaded "Personal Videos" app with the Kindle Fire 2 enables us to watch our movies – rather than downloading a third party one. For the most part, our test video that's encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution is pleasing to watch.

Music player - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Personal Videos app - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review
Video player - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Review

Music player

 

Personal Videos app

Video player



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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
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
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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