It’s new, it’s stylish and it’s here to stay. Check out Amazon’s new 7” tablet, the Kindle Fire HD; coming with significant improvements over the previous generation of Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD is one of the best equipped 7” tablets out there. Be the first to get your hands on it – pre-order the Kindle Fire HD 16GB now from amazon.co.uk for only £119.00.

Smaller, Better, HD – 7” Kindle Fire HD Review

Amazon has gone a long way since its first Kindle device, evolving from simple e-book readers to high-performance multimedia devices. This Kindle Fire HD belongs to the latter category, incorporating features and technologies that make it one of the hottest gadgets at the moment. Let’s have a closer look and see what this 7” tablet can really do.

The exterior of the Kindle Fire HD is pretty simple and does not come with any uncommon design features, indicating that the tablet is not aimed at attention seekers. However, what’s under the hood will attract the attention of technology enthusiasts.

One of the main highlights of this tablet is its HD display; besides the classical IPS panel, Amazon opted for an advanced polarization filter which enhances the contrast of the screen and ensures a wide viewing angle. This is especially useful when the tablet is placed on a table or used in an abnormal position, as the images remain clear with no colour distortions. Thanks to the HD resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, image quality is excellent, making web-browsing, reading or watching a movie a pleasant experience.

In terms of performance, the tablet is not the brightest; the screen lags sometimes and application performance is sluggish occasionally – which is a bit weird considering the fact that the tablet is powered by a dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. The cause of the performance issues might be at software level, though, as Amazon uses a customized version of Android, which might not be correctly optimized. If that’s the case, an OS update should fix this problem.

Overlooking the small performance issues of the Kindle Fire HD, the tablet packs some pretty neat features. The audio system, for example, is one of the best systems available on a tablet. Consisting of two dual-drive stereo speakers that come with the Dolby Digital Plus technology, the sound system performs very well, providing rich and surprisingly powerful sound for a tablet.

Maybe the most impressive feature of the Kindle Fire HD is the dual-antenna. Putting it short, the tablet comes with two separated Wi-Fi antennas that can operate simultaneously, providing up to 40% more bandwidth. Due to the dual-band support, the tablet can also switch to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequency in case the normal 2.4 GHz frequency is crowded, ensuring good Internet speeds and stable connections. There is also an integrated Bluetooth module and a HDMI port, completing the connectivity menu of the tablet.

According to Amazon, the battery life of the Kindle Fire HD should last for up to 11 hours making the Kindle Fire HD outrank most tablets in its category, such as the Google Nexus 7.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Tablet Model – Kindle Fire HD 7”
  • Processor – 1,2GHz OMAP 4460
  • RAM – 1 GB
  • Screen – 7 inch IPS LCD
  • Display Resolution – 1280 x 800
  • Storage – 16 GB
  • Audio – Dolby Digital Plus audio with dual-drive speakers
  • Camera – front HD camera
  • Supported Formats – Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, AAX, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi with dual-antenna
  • Battery Life – Up to 11 hours


 

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