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Spotlight Review: Amazon Kindle Fire

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Kindle enters the world of color eReaders and tablets with the all new Kindle Fire. The Fire offers full color screen and it is built on a version of the Android OS. It provides all of the different types of Amazon content, from books to audiobooks to movies and television shows. All on a 7-inch screen that offers 16 million colors. That magazine you subscribe to will be in full color. It also has a web browser, called Amazon Silk. Because it’s Android, it will play games like Angry Birds and even Adobe Flash content. It isn’t a fully functioning version of Android, at least not currently. It’s not trying to be an iPad killer.

It does have a dual-core processor and 8GB of built-in storage for books, apps, music, etc. Plus all of your content bought from Amazon is also stored on Amazon’s cloud, so you can save it there and retrieve it any time. It can read a huge variety of formats, including Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, and VP8, not to mention EPub so you can borrow books from your local library.

Battery life is much shorter than the black and white Kindle, at only 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of movie playback, but you do get a backlit screen in full color, perfect for reading at night without a light. Charges fully in 4 hours. You can check your email with it, read blogs, download and listen to music. It’s only available in one flavor, and that is Wi-Fi only, and only 1 price, $199. Pre-orders for November shipments are being taken.

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