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Kindle Fire: Two C-Note Marvel

It's hard not to be impressed by the Kindle Fire. For 200 bucks, how can you not be?

The device offers over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games, as well as free storage of digital content in the Amazon Cloud. Its 14.6 ounce design is easy to hold with one hand, its color touch screen is vibrant, and generally everything works exactly as expected.

Power it on and you have  instant access to movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, songs from Amazon MP3, millions of books, over full-color magazines and newspapers, apps and games, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus,Rhapsody, and games from Electronic Arts, Zynga and Rovio.

If you opt to pay $79-a-year for Amazon Prime, you also get two-day shipping and access to movies and TV shows available to stream at no additional cost and exclusive access to popular books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to read on the Kindle Fire at no additional cost and with no due dates.

There are some negatives, of course. The Kindle Fire isn't a full-blown tablet computer -- not like the ASUS Transformer, the Toshiba Thrive, or other units we've shown recently on the Fox 8 Morning News. It doesn't have an HDMI port, 3G/4G connectivity isn't an option, and almost everything is controlled with softkeys, my least favorite way of interacting with volume controls, home keys, etc.

Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Amazon.com, the Kindle Fire is a must-have. List Price: $199. Based on what it costs just to catch a flick these days, it's hard not to call it a bargain. For more information, visit Amazon.com/KindleFire.
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