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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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Conclusion

If the first Kindle fire was a home run, this one is a foul ball.

When the first Kindle Fire was released, it threw down the gauntlet and challenged the rest of the industry with a low price point and a certain standard of functionality. With the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, not much has changed in the software department aside from a different outdated version of Android to re-skin, and that's a problem. When the closest dedicated competitor runs circles around it with function at the same price, the dual speakers and other minor features become far less important.

That's not to say that this is a bad tablet: it has marked improvements almost across the board from its previous iteration, and it works very well for media consumption. However, the Kindle Fire line of tablets does not seem to be keeping pace with the competition in terms of value or capability. What happens in terms of sales is one thing, but when it comes to measurable performance, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD falls quite a bit short.

The main advantage you get with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is access to Amazon's extended programs... but only if you have a Prime subscription, making the final bill for the tablet about $80 more expensive than its arch-nemesis, the Nexus7. If you have a subscription to Amazon Prime and you're only looking for a media consumption device, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a perfectly good option that will not disappoint you. However, if you are an app junkie, or need an exceptional battery, this is probably a tablet to skip.

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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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