Refreshed Amazon Kindle Fire HD now with a new, slimmer body and a $139 price tag
So what changed about the Kindle Fire HD? Well, for starters the body has been overhauled completely – it's got a new industrial-looking design which has made it both thinner and lighter than before, not to mention that bezels have gone through a much needed trimming. The new slate also comes with a refreshed Fire OS 3.0, aka Mojito installed – Amazon's fork on Android – which comes preloaded with even more productivity apps and features. In case you're wondering, all Amazon tablets have their own separate Amazon app store, though apps written for Android work just fine.
But, wait! That's not all – hardware has also gotten a slight bump. Namely, the 1GHz dual-core OMAP chipset by Texas Instruments has been replaced with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core one, though the exact make hasn't been revealed. The rest of the specs are pretty much identical to last year's – a 7-inch display running a resolution of 1280x800, the same dual stereo speakers and 1GB of RAM. These are hardly a match for the still minty-fresh 2013 Nexus 7, though considering that the 2013 Kindle Fire HD costs almost a $100 less, it does feel like Amazon will continue to reign supreme in the budget category.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013
1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
i would rather buy nexus7 (2013) than this!
3. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
but will you?
Otherwise, why even compare them?
This one is even more budget friendly, and if the iPad sales are anything to go by then people really like simplicity. If nothing else, Amazon's UI is really simple (which might or might not be a good thing when talking to techies)
2. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Nook HD has a micro SD slot, higher res screen, Google play, and is $130.
BTW, great job on rep
6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
No. Cyanogen does not mean anything. Nook HD IS dead and Cyanogen has nothing to do with it.
Are you going to say a Palm Pre is not dead because you can put a room on it? No.
9. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The Kindle installed base doesn't need stock. The only thing they might need is access to the Play store (like they did with the Nook).