Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kindle Fire HD 7-inch WI-FI

If you thought that no other tablet in the world could be as value for money as Google Nexus 7, give Kindle Fire HD a try. After the original Kindle fire became a massive hit, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD has the responsibility of living up to the expectation. Kindle Fire HD has two variant-one with 8.9-inches and one with a 7-inch screen which is expected to give Google's affordable Nexus 7 a run for its money. So what all goodies does Kindle Fire HD pack? Read on to find out.

Looks and Appearance: The base model Kindle Fire HD has a 7-inch screen. Its is quite lightweight at just 13.9 ounces and measures 8.8 mm in terms of thickness. The rubberized back although doesn't make it feel luxurious (It isn't competing i-Pad, remember!) but it at least makes it easy to grip.

A black strip runs throughout the back with "Kindle" inscribed in a corner. There's no rear camera as a measure of cost cutting so the rear portion of the tablet is pretty much blank- nothing fancy at all.

There's a HD front-facing camera though, and Skype integration adds icing on the cake. There are no physical buttons in the front which shouldn't be any bothering issue anyways. The lock control and volume rockers are on the side of the device.

Display: The new HD display packs a solid resolution of 1920X1200 pixels. There's also in-plane switching and for those who are wondering, the 7-inch screen with this resolution clocks 254 ppi which is again pretty impressive. An advanced true wide polarizing filter and omni-directional, full spectrum color make the display look great from every angle.

An interesting and notable feature of the tablet is that the touch sensor is laminated to the display instead of being stacked on top of it which Amazon claims would give sharper images, 25% better contrast (I would test how true this is when I do an in-depth review of the tablet).
Connectivity, internal hardware and storage: An HD tablet can never be an HD tablet without an HDMI out port. Amazon knew this very well and has provided an HDMI port in the fire HD. Also provided is Bluetooth which would make moving content to and from the device easier. There's no Sim-card slot and no 3G connectivity but Wi-Fi is there to make up for it.

Kindle fire HD has no memory card slot so the internal 16 GB storage would come handy. (The original Kindle fire has only 8 GB storage)

Under the hood you'll find the TI OMAP 4470 processor, new dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, and two dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi antennas for more consistent and speedier connections. (More on performance in the in-depth review)

Pricing: Kindle Fire HD 7" can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $199.

So, will it beat the Google Nexus in terms of performance? Will you be interested in buying the tablet? Comment below and let us know. 

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