Consumer Reports: Kindle Fire

November 14, 2011 1:25:00 PM PST
Amazon's new tablet computer, the Kindle Fire, goes on sale today. Consumer Reports took a look at a preview version of the device to see what it has to offer.

Consumer Reports used the new Kindle Fire to download and stream movies, as well as upload music and use apps, all of which worked well.

Testers say the display looks quite good, though it does have more trouble with glare in bright light than some other tablets. The screen is very responsive. However, it did sometimes mistake a touch for a move, which may take a little getting used to.

"The Kindle Fire doesn't offer quite as much as an iPad. But it looks like a fine performer, and at 200 dollars, it costs a lot less than the 500 dollars and up you'll for an iPad."

The Fire does have limitations. There's no camera. It has less storage than an iPad, and at 7 inches, it's much smaller, though that does make it easier to carry around.