Quick Look: Kindle Fire Tablet

Posted: Nov 15 2011, 4:05pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 15 2011, 4:13pm CST, in News | Android


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My Kindle Fire tablet came in today and I wanted to take a quick minute to talk about some of the early impressions I have of the tablet. I will be back with a full review and some how-to stories on using the tablet in a few more days.

The first thing I noted is that there is no inner packaging for the Kindle Fire. The outer cardboard box is the package. You rip the tab, open the box and there is the tablet. There is nothing inside the box with the tablet but the charger and a little card that tells you how to unlock the tablet. Right out of the box the Kindle Fire was registered to Luigi, who had ordered the tablet and had it sent my way.

That was interesting and potentially a bit embarrassing for some folks. For instance if you were sending this tablet as a gift to someone and it came registered to them with your registration details inside they would have access to all the books and content you had bought. If you were the sort that liked "naughty" reading material that could be an issue, especially if you sent the tablet to a kid.

I am surprised that it came registered like that. Unregistering the device and putting in my Amazon details opened the Kindle Fire up for me with the content I had previously purchased in the library. The setup process takes only a few minutes. The tablet did need to download an update as soon as I turned it on. That update took about 10 minutes on my pokey internet connection.

The screen is very glossy, which means lots of glare, but it has great color. The screen is smooth and colors are realistic. Video playback is great. The back of the tablet is covered in a soft touch material. The weight is about what I expect and the build quality feels top notch. The Kindle Fire came out of the box with a full charge.

Surfing the web is a snap and the browser that comes on the device by default is very good and is easy to use. In the full review, I will compare the Kindle Fire to my original iPad and see how they compare and contrast. Stay tuned for more details on Kindle Fire in the full review.

More Kindle Fire News. Kindle Fire sells on Amazon for $199.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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