Well, since Amazon Kindle Fire starts selling today, you might want to know what you’re paying $199 for, right? Thus, we have a brief look at The Verge’s review of the tablet that has caused so much waste of letters and phrases on the web lately. For one thing, you should know that at the core of the tablet lies Android 2.3.

The Gingerbread experience tweaked with Amazon’s experience makes some of the apps feel like phone apps that have been scaled especially for this 7 inch tablet and that’s not cool at all. The Verge gave this device a 7.5 score, with the design only getting 6 points, since it’s not considered original in any way. The battery life was the only one that got a 9, because it lived up to the expectations, providing 8 hours of continuous reading.

It even surpassed the given mark, so that’s a huge plus for Amazon. As far as performance goes, this slate is much like any other gizmo out there, getting 34 MFLOPS in Linpack, 2541.9ms in SunSpider and other such performances. The problem here is that the experience with the software feels strange, since there are no home screens or widgets. Amazon provides a virtual bookshelf with two places for content.

The upper level looks like Cover Flow and it’s a list that allows you to swipe through it to view the recently used items (music, books, apps, magazines and more). The lower level is a user-customized list for your favourite selections. On the top of the homescreen there’s a list of content silos, with stuff such as Books, Music, Docs, Apps, Videos, Newsstand and Web divided into categories, plus the predictable search box.

Well, if it all feels confusing and can’t really tell if you want this device or not, you’ll find the full review in the source link.