The "1-Minute" Review
- Only 16GB of onboard storage
- No camera
- Basic specs
Like it’s predecessor, the Kindle Fire HD 2 offers 800 x 1280 resolution. Although HD, experts note that it still falls short of displays like the Nexus 7.
The processor has been upgraded to a 1.5GHz dual-core although the RAM stays the same at 1GB and onboard storage remains limited at 16GB. Latino Post notes the faster processor leads to a shorter battery life in this model - clocking in at 10 hours of mixed use versus the 11 hours of the previous generation.
While the display and specs have mostly remained the same, The Verge notes the Fire HD 2 has a much more pleasing design with its beveled edges and back-mounted controls. It is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The tablet measures in at 7.5" X 5.0" X 0.42" inches and weighs 345 grams (12.2 oz).
Unlike its HDX siblings, this Kindle does not offer the Mayday live tech support button as it does not have a forward facing camera or microphone. It does, however, give Amazon Prime members the ability to download Prime Instant Videos so members can watch movies without the need for internet access.
Despite its low cost, Latino Post notes that the tablet itself is “worse than its previous generation.” On the other hand, Technobuffalo mentions that the new design and emphasis on software to Amazon’s content makes this tablet “great.”
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