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Kindle Fire Updated Hands-On (Video): Faster Speed, Longer Battery Life, Lower Price

by Roy Choi | September 7, 2012September 7, 2012 2:00 pm PST

What’s old is new again. In the case of the Original Kindle Fire, it keeps the same Kindle Fire look but gains a few spec bumps.  First off the Kindle Fire is now priced at $159, a nice price drop for the popular e-reader/tablet. The Kindle Fire also receives 40% faster performance with upgraded processors, double the storage capacity and longer battery life.

Upgraded hardware specs are nice but Kindle Fire also has some new snazzy features to make the Kindle experience more enjoyable:

  • X-Ray for movies X-Ray for books
  • Immersion Reading
  • Whispersync for Voice, movies, books, and games.
  • Upgraded email

For all my past gripes about this “tablet” lacking true-Android OS, the e-reader/ecosystem improvements along with it’s new lower price makes me assess the value of the Kindle Fire more positively.

Obviously you’re not going to get all the new tech features the Kindle Fire HD gets, but it is an appealing buy at $159. Are you ready to purchase a Kindle Fire, Fire HD, or paperwhite?

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...