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Kindle Fire
Price:US$159 (S$202, without shipping charges; Wi-Fi only)
Platform: Android
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By Sherwin Loh, Digital Life, The Straits Times | 31-05-2013

Though it will be two years old in September, the Kindle Fire is still one of the better 7-inch tablets in the market. Those with Amazon accounts can use it to access movies and TV shows, as well as books and magazine subscriptions.

Its biggest draw is its low price. While it is not sold here, you can get someone to pick it up from the United States.

The downside is that this tablet lacks a camera and does not offer Google Play Store to allow you to download other apps.

To side load third-party apps, you need to find the .apk files, go to Dropbox, start an account and upload the .apk files there.

On the tablet, go to Settings and turn on the option to "Allow Installation of Applications". Next, visit the Dropbox site from the tablet's browser, download and install the app. Now you can download the .apk files you had previously uploaded and install them on the tablet.

Not much can be done with the limited 8GB of memory, but many have managed to root the device, opening up more features.

It might seem troublesome at first, but if you want the benefits of Android and not pay too much for it, the Kindle Fire is worth considering.

Tech specs

Processor: 1GHz TI OMAP Dual-Core
RAM: 512MB
Display: 7-inch IPS LCD 1,024 x 600 pixels
Camera: None
Storage: 8GB, no microSD expandability
Battery: 4,400mAh

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