Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review


Amazon's Kindle Fire HD (starting at $214 without ads; $199 with ads, Amazon) is an upscale high-def version of the Kindle Fire, but still available at a near budget price. The Kindle Fire HD review in PC Mag says the tablet is very user-friendly and will appeal to consumers who frequently dig into Amazon's massive content library. The Kindle Fire HD review also touts the screen's wide viewing angle and excellent color balance. Although the Kindle Fire HD's performance is generally good, the PC Mag review reports that it lags a little when opening apps. A Kindle Fire HD review by Laptop Magazine enthuses about the bright and crisp display and the built-in speakers that deliver "booming sound." The reviewer also appreciates how simple it is to find content. Kindle Fire HD users have easy access to Amazon's library, which this reviewer says includes more than 120,000 movies and TV episodes, as well as some 20 million songs.

The Kindle Fire HD is a 7-inch tablet with 1280x800 resolution, which surpasses that of its entry-level sibling and enables 720p high-def video playback. The Kindle Fire HD runs on a modified version of Android's 4.0 operating system and a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU. The version we researched comes with 16GB of memory and users also have free access to Amazon's cloud-based storage. Amazon says the Fire HD can run up to 11 hours on a single charge, although testing by PC Mag pegged the battery life at about seven hours when playing back video non-stop, which is still a decent stretch of time. This model also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a mini HDMI port, and a front-facing camera.

Where to buy

This is the perfect device for folks who want quick and easy access to Amazon's huge media library of movies, TV shows, and music. Amazon's app library, though not nearly as extensive as Google Play, still offers more than 50,000 apps. That said, if you don't want to be tied so tightly into Amazon's world, you'll probably prefer a different top tablet, such as the Nexus 7 or Nook HD.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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