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Unboxing the Kindle Fire (photos)

Despite my original lack of enthusiasm, the price point and necessity led me to be one of the first to order a Kindle Fire.
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So, despite my original lack of enthusiasm for the Kindle Fire, the low price point -- and the failure of my current, almost 4-year-old phone, which is my Kindle reader -- convinced me to pull the trigger and buy a Fire. Now it's here.

I haven't done anything other than turn it on (actually, I didn't even do that, it did), but I have had the chance to open it up. For first impressions, see Larry Dignan's first impressions and James Kendrick'sinitial views.

I'll fire up (heh!) my own comments as I get to know the device. In the meantime, this is what the UPS person delivered. It's a good thing I was here to receive it, because the box doesn't just say "Amazon," it says "Kindle Fire".

Photos: David Gewirtz

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Just pull the tab to open it up.

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Here's a side view, and you can see the Kindle Fire imprint.

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Apparently, this is "Certified Frustration-Free Packaging". I've always wondered just what certification board did the certifying, but the box certainly wasn't hard to open. For some reason, I really grooved on the bar code to the left, with the person reading under the tree. Nice touch.

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A single, careful pull and the box is unzipped.

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And there it is. A black slab in a white egg-carton-like carton.

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There's a little card that tells you to slide to unlock. I haven't done that yet.

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The only other component in the package is the power cord, in the little brown box.

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Here it is, inside the little box.

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And here it is, in all its undressed glory. Note that there are no headphones, earbuds, or -- well -- anything else included with this package.

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Here's the back of the Kindle. It's black.

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And here's what's left of the carton. It's simple and quite empty.

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The Fire itself is packed in thin, clear, plastic. Oooh. Aaaah. Are we excited yet? Actually, to be honest (and to my own surprise), I kind of am.

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It's alive!

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The very first thing the Kindle Fire wants is to be fed...WiFi.

And there you are. The unboxing of the Kindle Fire. May the consuming commence.

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