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Amazon Kindle fire misfires

Melissa J. Perenson | Nov. 16, 2011
All eyes are on Amazon's Kindle Fire to provide fresh competition for Apple's iPad 2, today's dominant tablet.

The 7-inch IPS LCD screen carries a 1024 by 600 pixel resolution, and an anti-reflective coating. The Fire also has a fairly obvious air-gap between the screen's glass surface and the LCD panel itself. The Kindle Fire's screen was noticeably more reflective than the Barnes & Noble's Nook Color when I compared the two side-by-side.

The Kindle Fire: Bottom Line

The Kindle Fire makes trade-offs to achieve its $200 price. It's easy to dismiss some of the trade-offs and weakness of the Kindle Fire as the sacrifices necessary to achieve a price point, but the reality is that the Fire may not meet your expectations if you're looking for Apple iPad 2-like tablet.

For those that go in knowing what they're getting, and who want an inexpensive tablet that capably, though not spectacularly, handles their Amazon books, music, and video, the Kindle Fire's limitations may be acceptable. However, the Fire falls far short of providing a full and satisfying tablet experience.


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