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iPad 2 Rival Alert : New Kindle Fire 'Sluggish' Says Review

The first few reviews of the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, the first colour device from Amazon, have appeared online and possibly the most detailed of them, the one from Engadget, describes the performance of the hardware as sluggish.

The tablet shares the same system on chip as the RIM Blackberry Playbook, a TI OMAP4 SoC, a model that broadly matches Apple's Cortex A9 based A5 SoC found inside the Apple iPad 2.

But alongside that is 512MB RAM and a non-conventional, heavily customised operating system based on an unknown iteration of Android with Amazon's own software layer.

Both variations could explain why the tablet "never delivers smooth, seamless performance" according to Engadget's Tim Stevens (opens in new tab).

The Kindle Fire though is unlike other tablets though. It is significantly cheaper, doesn't come with full access to Android market and, again according to Engadget, comes with some of the best, tightest integration of digital content in a mobile device on the market.

Amazon has yet to say when the tablet will become available in the UK and at what price. In the next few days, the Kindle Fire will face one of its most formidable adversaries, the Nook Tablet which also comes with the same screen size and the same TI OMAP SoC.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.