The best 7 inch tablet? iPad Mini? Nexus? Maybe it’s Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Each tablet has it’s pluses and minuses, but let’s face it… A tablet is a consumer device more than it is a PC. That is exactly what Amazon brings to the table.
The Kindle Fire HD starts at $199 and ranges to $264, depending on if you want the 16 or 32GB version and if you want bundled ads or not.
In a pros vs cons argument, the fact that the Kindle Fire HD even has that option of an ad-based model is somewhat insulting. If you are paying for a device, subsidized or not, people do not want ads tracking and delivering them content. Though the ads on the Kindle Fire HD are not that bad and are out of the way.
Now to the pros of the device…
It features a 1280×800 (16:10) HD display capable of 720p HD playback. It also features a trademark of all the Kindle line of products with the anti-glare screen that makes for easy reading.
The device features an 11 hour battery life on average which is pretty decent for all that it does. Especially with the video playback. The only limitation memory wise is the choice between 16 and 32GB versions. Though the device does have a USB 2.0 port for easy connections to your computer for file transfers. As well as featuring a mini-HDMI port for displaying on your TV.
The Kindle Fire HD also has a front-facing camera that makes Skype an option.
The best features though? If you are an Amazon Prime member you get streaming video directly to your device. As well as your Kindle book library available. The X-Rays for movies is a pretty cool feature that integrates IMDB into your videos. The Facebook integration is also a nice touch for easy communication and sharing with your friends.
List of Features:
- 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
- Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
- World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)
- High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
- Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
- Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
- Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
- Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
- Kindle FreeTime – a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
- Prime Instant Video – unlimited, instant streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers
Overall, the Wi-Fi is pretty fast and the video streaming is quick and clear. The audio is actually pretty amazing. It still runs a layer of Android which makes rooting a possibility even if I’m sure Amazon will frown on that. The Kindle Fire HD is a great tablet for the price and definitely worth a look.