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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Posted: , by John V.



Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review
Between mixed light usage consisting of web surfing and emailing, battery life is adequate enough to power us through a solid one day of usage – so it’s pretty much in line to other 7-inchers out there. Factoring in all of the elements in play, like its high-res display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, we’re pretty content with the amount of time we’re able to get out of a single charge.


Looking at the next year ahead, Amazon has something to be happy about since it now has an established consumer base in the tablet industry, which is especially intriguing knowing that they had none of the pie a year ago. With its new Kindle Fire HD tablet, it’s almost certain they’ll continue to reap the benefits of success seeing that it packs a considerable amount of value at $200. Throw in some personalized advertisements that somehow seem to tickle our impulsive actions to buy, it seems poised to grow Amazon’s already existing grasp in the general retail world.

However, as a tablet that’s competing in the market, it’s a hard sell when we know that Google’s very own Nexus 7 has upped the ante in the super affordable tablet category., offering quad-core Tegra 3 processor and unpersonalized Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With the experience, the average consumer isn’t going to nitpick it whatsoever – partly because the basics and essentials are all there to get them by. Therefore, if you live, sleep, and dream about Amazon’s extensive ecosystem, you should pounce on the chance to pick up the Kindle Fire HD. Otherwise, if you’re not too involved with it, there are other alternatives that prove to be more engrossing.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 7.1.5_user_1534720

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Video Review:


  • Sharp looking display
  • Affordable
  • Peppy performance from its CPU


  • Lacks Goole Play and other core apps
  • Still lacking depth of personalization
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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:47 2

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Amazon did fire it up, but the advertising bit is unattractive!!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:48 7

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Huge improvement but agreed it needs the Google Play Store.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:52 8

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Yeah, what is Android without the play store!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:29

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?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:54 3

4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Waiting for the 8.9" review...... :)

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:18 8

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Thank you, for not bringing up, the ipAd,,, :-)

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:52 2

6. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Nexus 7s Rating was 9, was it...?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:19 3

7. bbblader (Posts: 590; 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

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 19:53 1

9. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; 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.

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Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi) IPS LCD
TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
(193 x 137 x 10.3 mm)
13.9 oz  (395 g)

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