he Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s latest foray into the tablet market. With the Fire HD billed as a competitor to the top tablets currently on the market, below is a breakdown of key features that should help consumers decide if it’s right for them.
Design The Kindle tablet features a sleek form factor with a curved rear panel that’s covered in a soft texture to provide a firm grasp. Starting on either side and curving towards the rear you will find the speaker grills. Also located on the right side are the power and volume buttons. On the bottom of the device are the micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports.
Features The Kindle Fire HD is available in two sizes, a 7-inch model and a larger 8.9-inch version, with varying storage options available for each. Both models feature dual-band Wi-Fi, Dolby audio technology and an anti-glare screen.
The 7-inch model features:
- A screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
- A 1.2-GHz dual-core processor.
- An Imagination PowerVR 3D accelerator graphics core.
While the 8.9-inch model offers:
- A resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
- A dual-core processor of 1.5-GHz.
- The same Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core.
- A 4G LTE option.
Build Quality At just 20 ounces for the 8.9-inch version, the Fire HD is a lightweight, compact device that doesn’t compromise on design or quality. The device is constructed from plastic and features a rubberized texture on the rear that’s designed to offer a firm grip.
Price There are six different models of the Kindle Fire HD, each with a different price:
- 7-inch 16 GB version – $199
- 7-inch 32 GB version – $249
- 8.9-inch 16 GB version- $299
- 8.9-inch 32 GB version – $369
- 8.9-inch 32 GB version with 4G LTE – $499
- 8.9-inch 64 GB version with 4G LTE – $599
Who Should Buy the Kindle Fire HD? In a saturated market, the Kindle Fire HD holds its own as a tablet device. For consumers who are looking for an inexpensive device to satiate their media viewing needs, the Fire HD is the best option, particularly for Amazon Prime members who will enjoy unlimited access to Amazon’s extensive catalogue of movies, television shows and over 180,000 e-books. Please do explore at Amazon Kindle website for the whole list of Amazon benefits that you can get through Kindle HD.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5. With a brilliant HD screen, powerful processor and sleek design, the Fire HD is a great portable device for e-reading and media viewing. However, compared to other tablets, it falls short as a device that could replace your laptop for moderate use.