In this video, we are taking a closer look at the software the newest of the Amazon e-reader lineup: the Kindle Fire.

Under the custom lockscreen is pure Android, although the average user would never suspect it. Because of thise OS choice, it also means the Fire is ripe for customization and modding (the community at XDA has already ported somewhat working CM7 and Ice Cream Sandwich variations at the time of this review).

But even without your own customizations, which most users will probably never see, the layout and configuration is simple and user friendly, for the most part. There are situations which take more taps than one would expect, and it isn’t an exactly straightforward process to remove items from the carousel, but just about any mobile OS these days suffers from similar issues.

The device is very responsive, even more so with a touchscreen tweak. Although web browsing through the Silk browser doesn’t seem to be much faster than any other mobile browser (we’ll touch on this more in the comparison video).

As for the content, the Kindle Fire is connected to the fantastic infrastructure Amazon has been putting together for the last few years. Newspapers, magazines, videos, music, apps, not to mention books are all just a tap away, and I expect there will be a lot of tapping this holiday season.

You can purchase the Amazon Kindle Fire for $199 directly from Amazon.com

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