The "1-Minute" Review
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)