Amazon's upcoming 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 tablet needs these 10 things to take on the Google Nexus and other competitors.
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Ergonomically speaking, a tablet isn't the best mobile gadget for shooting videos and photos. (To be fair, a 7-inch slate is more manageable in this regard than an iPad-sized device.) A quality slate needs a quality camera, however, particularly a front-facing device for making video calls. The original Kindle Fire lacks a camera, a shortcoming that Amazon will surely remedy in the 2nd-gen model. A VGA-caliber (640-by-480) camera won't cut it, however, not when the Google Nexus 7's front-facing shooter is 1.2-megapixels.
Prediction: The new Fire will have a front camera with specs very similar to those of the Nexus 7. But it probably won't include a rear-facing unit. By comparison, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 ($250) has dual cameras: a 3-megapixel model on the back; VGA on the front.
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