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Kindle Fire HD review

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Kindle Fire HD currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a new and improved version of the original Kindle Fire, and as its name suggests, comes fitted with a high-definition screen. The display is 7 inches across with native 1280x800 resolution and is comfortably sized for navigating the menus and apps of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Apart from its upgraded screen and software, there are a number of other improvements from its predecessor. Most notable perhaps a the built-in 1 megapixel camera on the front, which with a few minor tweaks, can be used to record videos. Other features include HDMI-out, Bluetooth, and of course Wi-Fi connectivity. Battery life is rated at 11 continuous hours of reading time per charge, enough for most people.

Its clear the Fire HD is not designed for high end device aficionados. Rather, it's a no-frills mobile computer that serves as a portal to Amazon's catalog of books, movies and music. We can't argue that its a great buy for those of you using Amazon's services extensively or for those wanting an affordable entertainment device. There are however more versatile tablets available in the same price range such as Google's Nexus 7.

Need to Know: Amazon Kindle Fire HD

1. High-resolution 1280x800 7-inch IPS touchscreen display helps make the most of default software. (The Good)

2. Default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

3. Users will not be able to upgrade to later versions of Android (i.e. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). (The Bad)

4. Provides less value for money than other notable 7-inch Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is a mixed bag of tricks. It looks great, is very cost-effective, and generally performs adequately at most tasks. For us though the UI was just too busy – it tries to do too much and doesn’t deliver a very coherent experience.It’s also far too focused on getting you to b...

- Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile
SlashGear

If you’re deeply invested in the Amazon universe for content, this device is the best content delivery system you’re going to be able to buy today. It’s the biggest tablet Amazon makes at the moment and gives you access to all of your Amazon-held content in high definition, top to...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
What Hi-Fi

The Kindle Fire HD definitely hits more than it misses. The tablet offers good value and a pleasing user experience so it’s definitely worth an audition, even with the iPad mini and Nexus 7 as serious rivals.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
Android Central

If you're after a 7in tablet that's very easy to use, you don't need GPS and don't want to stretch your budget to £200, the Kindle Fire HD is a good buy. However, although Google's Nexus 7 has half the storage for the same price, it's more versatile and has a better range of apps and games and...

- Jim Martin, Android Central
The Inquirer

Amazon's tablet is a great buy for Kindle fans, has some handy features for business users and is certainly well-priced. But it's let down by sluggish performance and an unintuitive interface.

- Madeline Bennett, The Inquirer


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Fire HD's screen size is 7 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Dual-core OMAP4460 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4400 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire HD Specs

Overview
Release date September 14, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core OMAP4460 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 11 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 13.7 x 1.0 cm (7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 395 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Critic Reviews


Know Your Mobile

It looks great, is very cost-effective, and generally performs adequately at most tasks

from Know Your Mobile

Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is a mixed bag of tricks. It looks great, is very cost-effective, and generally performs adequately at most tasks. For us though the UI was just too busy – it tries to do too much and doesn’t deliver a very coherent experience.

It’s also far too focused on...More

Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is a mixed bag of tricks. It looks great, is very cost-effective, and generally performs adequately at most tasks. For us though the UI was just too busy – it tries to do too much and doesn’t deliver a very coherent experience.

It’s also far too focused on getting you to buy Amazon services and goods. At times it feels downright aggressive, in fact. However if you’re the type of user that wants pick an ecosystem and opt inside it fully then this approach could definitely work for you.

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SlashGear

Most well-rounded Amazon content delivery system you’ve ever held in two hands

from SlashGear

If you’re deeply invested in the Amazon universe for content, this device is the best content delivery system you’re going to be able to buy today. It’s the biggest tablet Amazon makes at the moment and gives you access to all of your Amazon-held content in high definition, top to bottom. It’s not an Android tablet (as far as the Google Play store is concerned), it’s not an iPad, and it’s not a Windows device. It’s a unique tablet that’s deeply engrained in the Android environment....

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If you’re deeply invested in the Amazon universe for content, this device is the best content delivery system you’re going to be able to buy today. It’s the biggest tablet Amazon makes at the moment and gives you access to all of your Amazon-held content in high definition, top to bottom. It’s not an Android tablet (as far as the Google Play store is concerned), it’s not an iPad, and it’s not a Windows device. It’s a unique tablet that’s deeply engrained in the Android environment.

The price of this device in its wi-fi configuration is $299 USD, and for that price there’s no competition unless you want a smaller display and a different content environment. For Amazon users, there’s nothing else – unless of course you consider the smaller version.

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What Hi-Fi

A great option for Amazon users, but the appeal doesn’t stop there

from What Hi-Fi

The Kindle Fire HD definitely hits more than it misses. The tablet offers good value and a pleasing user experience so it’s definitely worth an audition, even with the iPad mini and Nexus 7 as serious rivals.

Read full review

The Kindle Fire HD definitely hits more than it misses. The tablet offers good value and a pleasing user experience so it’s definitely worth an audition, even with the iPad mini and Nexus 7 as serious rivals.

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Android Central

A touchscreen eReader with more capabilities

from Android Central

If you're after a 7in tablet that's very easy to use, you don't need GPS and don't want to stretch your budget to £200, the Kindle Fire HD is a good buy. However, although Google's Nexus 7 has half the storage for the same price, it's more versatile and has a better range of apps and games and is faster, too.

Read full review

If you're after a 7in tablet that's very easy to use, you don't need GPS and don't want to stretch your budget to £200, the Kindle Fire HD is a good buy. However, although Google's Nexus 7 has half the storage for the same price, it's more versatile and has a better range of apps and games and is faster, too.

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The Inquirer

Cheap, good screen, great if you're already part of the Amazon ecosystem

from The Inquirer

Amazon's tablet is a great buy for Kindle fans, has some handy features for business users and is certainly well-priced. But it's let down by sluggish performance and an unintuitive interface.

Read full review

Amazon's tablet is a great buy for Kindle fans, has some handy features for business users and is certainly well-priced. But it's let down by sluggish performance and an unintuitive interface.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

Decent screen, good value

from TrustedReviews

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD isn't for everyone. Although based on Android, it trades-in many of the system's charms in favour of an interface geared towards getting you to use Amazon services such as Amazon Cloud Player, LoveFilm and the Kindle bookstore. As a result, some tablet basics suffer, and...More

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD isn't for everyone. Although based on Android, it trades-in many of the system's charms in favour of an interface geared towards getting you to use Amazon services such as Amazon Cloud Player, LoveFilm and the Kindle bookstore. As a result, some tablet basics suffer, and some non-techy types may get confused by the idiosyncrasies of the interface and the divide between local and Cloud content. For those already signed-up to LoveFilm and Amazon Cloud Player, though, it's great.

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TheTechReviewer

Excellent speakers and long battery life with HD glare resistant screen

from TheTechReviewer

To sum up our thoughts on the Kindle Fire HD we think it is a quality product at a reasonable price. We were happy with many of the changes compared to the previous model, but we were very disappointed with the additional advertisements that are worked into the operating system. We would like to...More

To sum up our thoughts on the Kindle Fire HD we think it is a quality product at a reasonable price. We were happy with many of the changes compared to the previous model, but we were very disappointed with the additional advertisements that are worked into the operating system. We would like to see Amazon provide a wall charging cable instead of just a USB cable (without a USB adapter). Another gripe we had with this device is that since its HD compatibility is so new, the vast majority of the applications are not updated with the resolution therefore the HD screen is very useful at this time. How does the Kindle Fire HD compare to the iPad? Well honestly the 7" model cannot really be compared. This is because they are similar in the way they look and function, they serve different general purposes. The iPad is an all around versatile tablet that can pretty much replace the need for a laptop in the vast majority of instances. The Kindle Fire HD on the other hand is a device that is primarily focused on multimedia. It is great for gaming and watching movies, but realistically it does not have the capabilities that the Apple iPad harnesses. We do love the fact that Amazon is the mastermind behind this product since as many of you know their customer support is top notch!

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Electronista

The reading experience is great, and audio performance is second to none

from Electronista

We enjoyed our time with the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, though "the best tablet at any price" is a stretch. The reading experience is great, and audio performance is second to none, but the Nexus 7 nonetheless serves as a formidable foe in the $199 category. More importantly, if rumors surroundin...More

We enjoyed our time with the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, though "the best tablet at any price" is a stretch. The reading experience is great, and audio performance is second to none, but the Nexus 7 nonetheless serves as a formidable foe in the $199 category. More importantly, if rumors surrounding a mini iPad prove to be true, Apple may take a significant share of the budget-tablet market.

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Macnn

The new design is clearly more refined, bringing a modernized appearance that is less generic than the original Fire

from Macnn

We enjoyed our time with the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, though "the best tablet at any price" is a stretch. The reading experience is great, and audio performance is second to none, but the Nexus 7 nonetheless serves as a formidable foe in the $199 category. More importantly, if rumors surroundin...More

We enjoyed our time with the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, though "the best tablet at any price" is a stretch. The reading experience is great, and audio performance is second to none, but the Nexus 7 nonetheless serves as a formidable foe in the $199 category. More importantly, if rumors surrounding a mini iPad prove to be true, Apple may take a significant share of the budget-tablet market.

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Good E-Reader

You get tremendous value for your money, even if you are locking yourself into the Amazon ecosystem

from Good E-Reader

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD certainly puts all the other tablets under $200.00 on notice. The combination of dual-core processors, webcam, 1 GB of RAM, Micro HDMI, and a high resolution display screen absolutely destroys most mid level tablets that are currently on the market. You get tremendous va...More

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD certainly puts all the other tablets under $200.00 on notice. The combination of dual-core processors, webcam, 1 GB of RAM, Micro HDMI, and a high resolution display screen absolutely destroys most mid level tablets that are currently on the market. You get tremendous value for your money, even if you are locking yourself into the Amazon ecosystem.

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