Amazon Kindle Fire HD ReviewAmazon Kindle Fire HD 8
Outfitted with only a front-facing camera, which is stated as being an HD one, it’s mainly reserved for video-chatting. Needless to say, it’s sufficient enough for the task, but there’s no dedicated app for snapping self-portraits of yourself. In the end, it’s a nice addition to find with the Amazon Kindle Fire – especially when the original model omitted it.
Looking over the music player on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which also happens to sync purchased songs from Amazon, there’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary with its presentation. Commanding a decent amount of presence, its stereo speakers pump out some serious tones that are blistering with a lot of substance – and that’s without any distortion as well!
Rather than having to download a third party app to watch videos that are stored locally, the Kindle Fire HD now offers a native app, which happens to support a wide array of codecs. In fact, it’s able to play our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution. Moving swiftly with plenty of clarity, its bright output and vibrant color production seemingly complements the experience.
Showing its flexibility in the multimedia department, there’s a microHDMI port that provides the comforts of having a mirrored experience on a high-definition television. Therefore, if you want to watch some of the available content from the Amazon Prime Instant Video service on your TV, you’ll be able to do just that.
1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3583; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Amazon did fire it up, but the advertising bit is unattractive!!
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Huge improvement but agreed it needs the Google Play Store.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3583; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Yeah, what is Android without the play store!
8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Amazon is trying to break away from Google, hence no Play Store or any built in Google Apps. Looks like Amazon might be courting danger here since they are running the Kindle on Google's Android 4.0, calling it their own might be a big issue. Guess Google doesn't care as they sent the Nexus 7 out to hunt down those Kindle's. If you are going to have a front only shooter, at least make it 2.0mpx sheesh and have it with all the options, i hate half assed front shooting cameras, why bother if the end result is garbage?
5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2230; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Thank you, for not bringing up, the ipAd,,, :-)
7. bbblader (Posts: 588; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
''Still lacking depth of personalization''
john v if you make that a con in apple iphone 5 ill be suprised
9. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
I was on the fence between the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7. I'll probable go for the Kindle since Amazon has a better movie and music selection.