Amazon Kindle Fire: Hands-on [Video]

September 28, 2011
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Okay folks, I know we are all on a little Kindle Fire overload at the moment, but we have some official hands-on pictures live from the Amazon event for you all. What we have here is a super thin, lightweight, and powerful Android powered tablet coming from Amazon. We already know plenty about this device so I'll just head right into the good stuff -- our hands-on pictures.

The Kindle Fire is based around Android but hides it very well, we don't see any signs of the green robot anywhere here -- and no lock screen gesture either. With all the Amazon services one would need, and super fast web browsing thanks to Amazon's new Silk Browser this is sure to be a smooth, fast, and fluid consumption experience. Also note that we have no Android Market, this is a Amazon experience device, not a Google experience device. While Amazon isn't letting us get our own hands on the slate, we were able to snap a few close-up photos so check em out. Does that IPS display look awesome or what?

Kindle Fire hands-on video

We are still digging for full specs but you can see everything you'd like from our event coverage. Just like previously mentioned we have a 7" IPS display although its only 1024 x 600 resolution (but colors look great), 8GB internal storage (unlimited on the cloud), a powerful dual-core processor, but no cameras. Amazon opted to not add cameras most likely for a few reasons -- those being cost, and that this is mainly a device for consumption of books, movies, videos, and gaming. We have a camera on our smartphones anyways right?

The Kindle Fire will ship on November 15th and is available for pre-order right now. For now we won't have any official details or thoughts regarding how fast and stable the heavily skinned operating system is until Amazon relaxes a bit and lets us try one ourselves. Until then, check out our live pictures and a video demo will be up shortly.


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  • 1234

    I like how the Android fans derided the iPad 1 for not having cameras but when a Android tablet doesn’t have them its, “we have cameras on our phones… Right?!”

    • Anonymous

      Ipad 1 wasn’t 200 dollars.

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        agreed

      • 1234

        The party line was definitely “there is no point to the device at all without cameras”. But your logic stated as it is now is pretty sound. The anti apple hyperbole from back then is what makes it hypocritical now.

      • Anonymous

        Um, no.  There was never a “party line”.   Just your imagination mostly.

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s “Wow, look what you can get for only $200″

    • Mmalakai1

      Now if u do a price comparison between the ipad 1 vs the amazon kindle fire tablet.
      Amazon kindle fire $199
      Apple ipad $530
      Don’t u think u have been robbed by apple?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.andrew.dodson#!/eric.andrew.dodson Eric Andrew Dodson

    looks like a heavier Nook Color to me.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamcastdc dreamcastdc

    Wished that it had Google Android market included.

    • http://www.letstalktablets.com letstalktablets

      yeah that would be nice but it’s not likely that it ever will, then again who knows, it makes sense for Amazon to want to promote their own app store though.

  • Mmalakai1

    I look at it like this ipad should always have a camera on all therendevices. The reason I say that its becuz apple products are never cheap at all. Yeah this doesn’t have a camera but at lease its not a arm and a leg put on the counter at check out. Amazon tablet is a good price for not have alot of things.

  • http://twitter.com/christiansenn V. M. Christiansenn

    does it play angry birds?

    • Josiahsbigsis12

      yes