The Kindle Fire HD is an update to last year’s Kindle Fire. With a brand new HD screen and specs upgrade the Kindle Fire HD is looking to establish itself in the tablet market by taking on the likes of the iPad and the Google Nexus 7. Today we will examine that claim and see how the Kindle Fire HD fares in various departments. Amazon though seems to have winner on their hands, read on for a closer inspection.

Design


The Kindle Fire HD follows Amazons design pattern of older Kindles. The device measures 7.6 inch * 5.4 inch * 0.4 inch and weighs 394g making it a little on the heavier side. The device sports a premium look but still can’t compare to the iPad in terms of quality of material used, though that is a given keeping in mind the price difference. The mostly plastic build still exudes quality and we would say that the Kindle Fire HD has one of the better build qualities in the tablet market.

Display


The Kindle Fire HD sports a resolution of 1280 * 800 with a pixel density of 216 PPI. The 7 inch screen size is quickly becoming a standard in the tablet world with the likes of Nexus 7 also adapting the 7 inch screen size. Though there is an 8.9 inch version available as well for the Kindle Fire HD. The 8.9 inch version will be in direct competition to the iPad Mini and even sports a better screen then the iPad Mini.

Performance

The Kindle Fire HD is fitted with a TI OMAP 4460 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. The performance is very good and the specs are a major upgrade over last year’s Kindle Fire. Suffice to say the dual core processor won’t break sweat while running any of the current gen apps.

Camera


Unfortunately some corners had to be cut to keep the price low and this is the area that Amazon sacrificed. A smart decision though since most people won’t give a nickel more for a built-in camera in a tablet. Though Amazon integrated a 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera for the occasional video chats.

Battery Life

The Kindle Fire HD comes with a 4,400 mAh battery. This battery capacity is good enough to make the Kindle last for around 11 hours of straight use. The timings are excellent and even beat the iPad Mini’s battery timings.

Versions and Pricing

The Kindle Fire HD comes in three versions.

• Kindle Fire HD 7.0 inch 16GB | $199
• Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch 16GB | $299
• Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch 32GB 4G | $499

The basic difference between the 7 inch and 8.9 inch version is increased display size. The 8.9 inch size takes the screen to another level and brings everything to life. The 4G version brings LTE capability into the mix but also cost a lot more.

Verdict

The Kindle Fire HD (any version) is a great buy. The pricing is kept competitive as compared to the likes of Nexus 7 and iPad Mini and the brand new HD screen takes this tab to another level. Add to that excellent performance and Amazon’s eco system and you have a tab that will satisfy your every need. Must buy!

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