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Amazon Kindle Fire Features: 9 Things You Need To Know About Amazon's First Tablet

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/28/11 08:09 PM ET   Updated: 11/28/11 05:12 AM ET

Amazon brought its very first tablet, the Kindle Fire, into the light at a media event in New York on September 28.

Unlike so many of its peers, the Fire brings a host of unique features to the table. Chief among the device's selling points are its modified Android OS, which Amazon nipped and tucked for greater compatibility with its own cloud-based storage system and content library. Amazon also developed a new web browser that the company says will offer faster surfing and downloading experiences on the Kindle Fire. In addition, the device's price tag undercuts the iPad's by quite a bit, and its entertainment offerings put some smaller app stores to shame.

Take a look at the slideshow (below) for an intimate look at the biggest, most exciting features the Amazon Kindle tablet has to offer. Then, take a look at the 6 things the Fire tablet has that the iPad doesn't. You can also check out photos of Amazon's new Kindle Touch and its next-generation Kindle readers (here), all of which were announced just before the Kindle Fire tablet made its big debut.

It's Bigger Than The Original Kindle, Lighter Than The iPad
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The new black 7.5-inch tablet is an in inch taller than the original Kindle e-reader, and weighs more than twice as much (14.6 ounces as opposed to 5.98 ounces). However, it's still significantly lighter than the hefty iPad 2, which weighs in at around 21.3 ounces. That said, the Kindle Fire a very streamlined little device. Other than a USB port for charging, there's not much else--no SD card slot, camera, or HDMI port. Engadget notes this could be somewhat inconvenient for users: "What it won't have, though, is the number of physical inputs. It'll make do with just a power button and nothing more -- if you want to turn down the volume you'll need to dive into the status bar. Whether or not that proves to be an annoyance in the long-run remains to be seen, but we're thinking it will be."
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