- Affordable price
- Faster Processor than its predecessor
- Great Media Library
What we don’t like
- Lacks full-fledged tablet features
- No camera
- Not the best device for apps and games
The Kindle Fire HD 7 inch tablet from Amazon is surely not the best tablet on the market. In fact Kindle Fire HD is considered an entry-level tablet and also the base model compared to Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. Then again this tablet maybe just right for your needs and it’s selling better than some of the best tablets out there.
Kindle Fire HD 7 inch review from many users pointed out the fact that it is cheap. True. And it is not just cheap. It has everything you’d need for content consumption, packed with features and latest technologies. Amazon may be a new player in this field but they often hit the bull’s-eye when it comes to meeting consumer needs.
Why 70% Would Choose Kindle Fire HD 7″ Over iPad Mini
Apple’s iPad Mini is considered the best tablet in the 7 inch category by many experts. However, apart from the sleek design iPad Mini (especially iPad Mini without Retina Display) is not a better device to Kindle Fire HD 2013 and arguably inferior when we do side by side comparison.
As compared to iPad Mini without Retina Display the new Fire HD has faster processor (1.5 GHz Vs 1 GHz), better memory (1GB RAM Vs. 512MB RAM), higher screen resolution (1280 x 800 Vs. 1024 x 768) and higher pixel density (216 ppi Vs. 163 ppi). But guess what? iPad Mini cost more than double the price of Kindle Fire HD 7″. Easy for anyone to pick Kindle Fire HD 2013 unless someone is Apple’s fan for apps and games.
Amazon’s Fire HD is an ideal device at amazing price for content consumption. You can access Amazon’s ecosystem for videos, music, books, games and apps. Amazon’s collection for videos, music and books is top notch and perhaps the best in the market. Apps and games are better with Apple and Google. Then again, you’ll still find most of the popular apps and games on Amazon store. Also, there are tens and thousands of apps and games available and increasing every day.
Battery life is great! Just like iPad Mini 1st generation (without Retina Display) you get 10 hours of battery life.
The design is nicely done with ergonomic touch, and comfortable to hold in one hand. It weighs a mere 345 grams, just 14 gram heavier than iPad Mini. It is 7.5 inches wide, 5 inches in height and 0.42 inches depth in thickness.
The display is sharp and great for video with higher resolution and pixel density as compared to iPad Mini. It has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and 216 pixels per inch.
The more powerful processor of Fire HD makes it a better device than iPad Mini to surf or buffer video on internet faster. It is also an advantage if you like playing 3D games with faster processor.
Comparing to other High-end Tablets
Kindle Fire HD 7 don’t match-up with its predecessor Kindle Fire HDX, Google’s Nexus 7 or iPad Mini 7 inch with Retina Display in terms of screen quality, power and other features but not everyone would appreciate the extra cost for a more sophisticated tablet. Some of us simply use tablet for media content and some internet surfing and it is just great for that.
Who may not like Kindle Fire HD
The other thing some users talked down on Kindle Fire HD is the absence of camera. Video chat or taking fun pictures won’t be there without the camera. Though, cameras on tablet are not suitable for professional use and many people hardly make use of them. Still, that is certainly a reason why some would choose Kindle Fire HDX or other 7 inch tablet.
Amazon is working hard on the availability of apps but apparently not hard enough to compete with Google and Apple. They have almost all the major players present but they still have some major players absent for apps. The same is true for games. Apple and Google still reigns when it comes to games and apps. Note that Kindle Fire HD is a capable device for games and apps but there are not enough games and apps as with Apple or Google ecosystems.
Kindle Fire HD is only available in Wi-Fi version. There is no cellular version like the iPad Mini. This is a concern for some people who often travel to destinations where Wi-Fi access is difficult.
This Kindle Fire HD 7 is unbeatable for the price if you are looking for a basic tablet for media consumption. It is ideal for accessing Amazon’s impressive and enormous media contents. This is the best basic tablet with a bang for your money priced with special offers.