Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review

A Good Contender in the Highly Competitive Tablet Market? We Think So…

Man Using Kindle Tablet

The main rival to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Apple iPad. When the original iPad was released, it created such a storm that I wondered if any company could ever hold a candle to it. When the "new" iPad (3) was released a few years ago, I felt a little deflated. That was the one I was going to spend my hard-earned money on.

At the time, I hoped for a few things such as native 1080p output through HDMI (without the need for an adapter). Plus the ability to use external memory cards such as the SD range. The advanced apps coming onto the market now take up a lot more space but alas, they never came.

Yes, the retina screen is amazing but not enough to make me want it just yet.

Edit 2018: I have now bought the iPad Mini 4 and use it solely for flying my Inspire 1 drone.

Also, for me the iPad has always been a tad too large for many things. I would rather use a Mac Air for portability and was intrigued when Apple announced a newer, smaller version of the iPad, the iPad Mini (see above).

Amazon then released the latest top of the range upgrade to their Kindle (which we already own and love). It is called the Kindle Fire HD. Wow. Now my thoughts are changing and my budget could be heading Amazon’s way soon.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10"

The Kindle Fire HD comes in two sizes, 8" and 10" (above) versions. They have varying capacities from 16gb, 32gb to 64gb (10") expandable to 256gb with the microSD slot. You also have 4G as an optional extra.

Here are the main specs (8"):

  • 1280×800 HD Touch Screen display with polarising filter and anti-glare technology for rich colour and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Custom Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World’s first tablet with dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi for ultra-fast downloads and HD streaming
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Thin, light, and portable design that’s easy to hold in one hand
  • Access to over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines, plus tens of thousands of popular apps and games such as Cut the Rope HD, Angry Birds Space HD, Skyscanner, Jamie’s 20-minute meals and Auto Trader
  • One-month free trial of LOVEFiLM Instant video streaming for unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV series
  • Ultra-fast web browsing and e-mail over built-in Wi-Fi, with integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Free Skype-to-Skype video calls with front facing HD camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Includes special offers personalised for you and sponsored screensavers

The Kindle Fire HD also has HDMI out. This means you can stream all your movies directly to your HD TV or monitor at home…nice! But, it doesn’t have any way to connect external storage. However, Amazon do give you unlimited cloud storage to securely store all your images and movies. Which is also very nice!

Where to buy

So, before you upgrade your ageing, original iPad or buy your first tablet device, be sure to check out what else the Amazon Kindle Fire HD has to offer. Prices as at March 2018.

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