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Hands on Fire...Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire’ specs as per Amazon:

  • 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
  • 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
  • 8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
  • Free cloud storage for all Amazon content.
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
  • Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Kindle Fire runs on a dual core processor powered by Android 2.3 OS.  Owners can access the internet using Amazon Silk web browser. A question I frequently encounter is ability to 'root' the Android OS in order to customize the device. The answer is yes, there is a way to 'root' the Android OS.  At this time, I have no plans to partake in this type of customization of the Kindle Fire.

With this pre-ordered Kindle Fire, I broke two cardinal rules. First, this was my first blind pre-order of a tech gadget. I knew nothing about the product but within 5 minutes of clicking on a Twitter link, I completed my pre-order. Second, it is a first generation tech gadget and I never purchase first generation anything -  until Kindle Fire.