|Competitively priced, the Kindle Fire has a 1 GHz dual core processor with 512 MB memory and 8 GB of internal storage and has an estimated battery life of around 8 hours. This is much less than the original Kindle e-book reader, but then again the Fire does have far more capabilities and battery life is on a par with the competition.|
At first look, the Fire is pretty plain. It is a very minimalist black device, with a Gorilla glass front screen and a matte black rubberised back. Connections are limited to a 3.5mm audio output socket, a power button and a Micro-USB socket, although there is no Micro-USB cable supplied. There’s no physical volume control, so you’ll need to get used to the on-screen controls.
The LCD screen measures 7-inches diagonally with a 1024 x 600-pixel display; with backlighting it is easy to view even when it’s pitch dark around. Colour reproduction is good, if not great, and the screen is viewable over a wide range of angles.
One of the main purposes of the Kindle, at least from Amazon’s point of view, is to be a storefront device for Amazon content, so the Fire needs to be able to connect in order to download purchased items. Unlike the iPad2, which offers 3G and WiFi connectivity options, the Fire has only WiFi but this functions quite well.