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The interface, part 3

"To be honest, [the bookshelf is] a cute concept on the Fire, but with a somewhat clumsy execution," writes Lance Ulanoff of Mashable. "Whatever you looked at recently – books, a movie, apps, web pages, etc. – all sits on the top shelf. As a result, it’s a hodgepodge of icons. Some are movie boxes or posters, which look good. Book covers look great as well; giant icons for email, Facebook, Angry Birds, the Wired Magazine app – look ridiculous. The shelves use a carousel to let you swipe through your content. This is effective once you get used to the Fire’s tendency to let the moving icons run away with themselves – I constantly missed the item I wanted to access."

The display

"In my experience, the telltale sign of any sub-$300 tablet is poor screen quality," notes Donald Bell of CNET. "On paper, Amazon's tablet seems to buck this trend. The Kindle Fire offers a 1,024x600-pixel resolution display using the same wide-angle IPS screen technology as in the iPad. Unfortunately, the screen's brightness doesn't live up to the iPad's, but it's in the same ballpark and is bright enough to look great indoors. If you want something that will look great in direct sunlight, I'm sure Amazon would be happy to add an e-ink Kindle to your order."

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