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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review

A refreshing reboot of Amazon's Kindle Fire has a better screen, but the same clunky interface.

November 20, 2012
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Controls

Users reading about the Kindle Fire HD's OS and expecting anything close to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (upon which the Kindle's OS is based) will be very disappointed. Sure, the interface looks pretty, but the control scheme is much less consistent than you'd expect for it being based on Android. It's awful. The control bar jumps from the bottom to the right side in some apps (but not others), and the same frustrating layout on the home screen makes sifting through different functions a lot more complicated than it needs to be.

Connectivity

There is a modicum of basic connectivity features that just about all tablets share, namely an 802.11n wireless card. Additionally, you can pair accessories using the bluetooth 3.0 wireless capability of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and use the microUSB port to load up files from your computer. If you're a media junkie that wants to use their tablet as a home base for all things streaming, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD also has a very large item in the plus column: a microHDMI port to export your content to a TV.

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Battery Life

All things considered, the battery life of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is fairly good, but doesn't come close to touching the Kindle Fire HD's main competitor. After we maxed out the backlight and turned all additional processes and antennas off, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD was able to read Tolstoy's tome War and Peace (in digital form) for 6 hours and 22 minutes, while it was able to play video files back to back to back for 6 hours, 3 minutes.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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