Amazon’s new Fire
The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s entrant in the rapidly growing tablet market. The original Kindle e-book reader was launched in 2007, but this is Amazon’s first foray into manufacturing tablets. The Fire runs a heavily modified version of Google’s Android operating system, which has been overhauled to be optimized specifically for the Kindle Fire’s lean hardware.
Not only has Amazon customized the Fire’s operating system, but also the browser, called Silk. Using a combination of the Fire’s internal hardware and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) system, Silk is engineered to be faster than traditional mobile browsers.
Apps are another area where Fire users won’t get a full Android experience. Only apps from Amazon’s Appstore can be downloaded and used on the tablet. Amazon is not an everyday manufacturer and the Kindle Fire isn’t an average tablet, as it has been seen as a long-anticipated ipad competitor.
Amazon took its time to rethink what consumers might really need in a tablet and applied the winning e-reader formula to a tablet device.
The key features of Kindle Fire are:
7 inches multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. • 8GB internal storage (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Free cloud storage for all Amazon content. Battery life is up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Supports public and private Wi-fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, No 3g. Unlimited streaming access to 10,000 movies and TV shows, as well as borrowed e-books from the Kindle Lending Library
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