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Published On: Fri, Oct 5th, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review: 7-inch Tablet

It has become a desire of many who like the Amazon’s Kindle Fire series, more because of its quality features and affordable price. This time the device has got some new features due to which it is compared with Apple’s product in terms of market share. Amazon Kindle Fire HD is packed with good features and come only for $200. Read the Kindle Fire HD review and find out how efficient this tablet is. Also, we request you to rate this tablet and share your thoughts on our comment section given below.

Package Includes

  • Kindle Guide
  • microUSB cable (charger is not included)
  • Kindle Fire tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Design and Display :

The device sports 7-inch panel and has got much better design than the original Kindle Fire. It has got matte soft touch exterior, easy to grip in one hand and use. Also, the overall appearance is very decent which gets more interesting due to the metallic strip passes throughout the body. The device features round edges and the price removes all the regrets about the design.

Compare this device with Google Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0); this new Kindle Fire HD gets broader (squarish) size. It has got a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera which is very useful for video chatting on Skype or other preloaded programs. However, there is no camera app particularly for clicking self-portraits. There is a 3.5 mm headset jack option that allows you to use the same headphone which you connect with your desktop computer or laptop. Separate volume controls are offered along with dedicated power button.

Also, the manufacturer is blessed with microUSB port which is used for charging and data transfer. A microHDMI port is also offered for additional experience. Well, this we haven’t expected to see in this $200 tablet. This tablet has got much lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessors and has also got better look. This is a huge step forward taken by Amazon for making its device appealing. The device measures 7.6 inches by 5.4 inches by 0.4 inches, which is 3 mm wider than the earlier device and is 17 mm taller with 1.1 mm thinner than the original Fire. In fact, it weighs 395 grams or 13.9 oz as compared to the earlier OG machines with 413 grams of weight.

The black cover is smartly adorned with Amazon’s logo which can be found at the back of the device with a dark shade of gray positioned at the top.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Connectivity

As far as the display is concerned, the device sports a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. The screen offer good color saturation and detail. With 216 ppi pixel density, the device gives fine access to users for such price. More than that, it boasts high contrast and satisfying improvements than the earlier version, letting you to view the screen comfortably in outdoor environment.

Memory and Processor :

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet runs a dual-core processor that gives superb functionality and speed while clocking at 1.2 GHz. It is supported by TI OMAP 4460 ARM Cortex-A9 processor which is coupled with 1 GB RAM. The device gets a modest 16 GB internal memory storage which is more than what Nexus 7 offers.

Connectivity :

Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth, but lacks GPS receiver.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review

Interface and Functionality :

What is interesting in this device is its support to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The device also lacks some of the significant Google apps such as Google Maps, Play Store, YouTube, and Gmail, which could annoy many. The homescreen features some of the main items with 3D carousel which were already provided. To access specific apps, you need to select specific categories that are listed on homescreen while the notification panel remains the same. Some of the organizing apps that you can access are Email apps, calendar and contacts.

Camera :

The device features front facing camera which gets HD quality for video calling. There is no dedicated app for clicking self portrait images, but overall it is a good addition.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Multimedia :

If you are buying a gadget for getting multimedia experiences then this is not a bad deal for $200. Its decent stereo speakers simply pump out some serious tones out of its little body without any distortion in sound quality. Instead of downloading a third party app, you can use Kindle Fire HD’s native app that supports wide range of codecs. It also plays MPEG-4 videos with 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution. The brightness and color productions are just good and clarity of picture is also appealing. The microHDMI port offers high definition video experiences by connecting to a HD TV.

Battery :

Amazon Kindle Fire HD gives good amount of usage for web surfing and emailing. The battery backup is adequately provided to give a day long access. Much of the battery is consumed behind high-resolution display and Wi-Fi.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Battery

Conclusion :

At last, it is the verdict time where all we can say is this device is not bad deal for $200. Instead, you get a lot of features to access than the earlier model. What is more interesting is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

There is no point of comparing it with other gadgets, but its dual core processor is a good choice. Kindle Fire HD becomes much more appealing because of its improved design and better specifications.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Specs

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