Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a 7" tablet manufactured by Amazon, aimed to rival Apple's iPad range. Either 16 or 32GB memory, a 1.2GHz processor and up to 11 hours of battery life, it still weighs just under 400g. Measuring the same size as a small book, it is highly portable, offering you books, music, web and e-mail at your fingertips. Read on for our Kindle Fire HD review.

Below is our review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, a 7" tablet, featuring a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor and 16GB memory, with 11 hours battery life.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet offers a 7" HD screen - detailed enough to use, but small and light enough to be highly portable. It easily fits into a bag, and is perfect for surfing the web, check e-mail, play games, read books and listen to music. This is the main selling point of this tablet - it's small size and low weight make travelling with this tablet easy - something that can't necessarily be said of the larger iPad Thanks to the cloud storage, you have quick and easy access to all of your Amazon based content - books, films, music, games and apps, all safely stored in one place. Any content you purchase from Amazon is automatically stored online for you - you can also easily add any music you have on your mp3 player or computer with the lead supplied. Amazon also recommends content for you based upon your current library - although you can easily turn off this feature if required. You also get access to a wide variety of applications from the Amazon app store. The 7" screen is incredibly sharp and doesn't strain the eyes at all - our testers all preferred this screen over the iPad - it may be smaller, and considerably cheaper, but it offers a better screen and far more value for money in our opinion. With adjustable brightness, you can tailor this to suit your preferences and environment, as well as save power - however with a battery life of up to 11 hours, we can see this being an issue. Screen resolution is 1280x800 - enabling you to fit a lot on the display. The built in Dolby Audio dual-driver stereo speakers are another real selling point - for a tablet weighing under 400g, and measuring just 19.3cm by 13.7cm, it offers simply incredible sound - a real rich audio experience. You won't be disappointed by the audio outputted by the Kindle Fire HD - in addition it also features a headphone jack for those who wish to use headphones instead. If you like your music, then this is the tablet for you. The interface is very easy to use, and the screen is incredibly responsive - we'd recommend this tablet for both less experienced users, as well as more technologically savvy users. The carousel interface feature displays recently opened items - you can further personalise this with your favourite applications and files for ease of use. The build quality feels pretty good - it appears to be solidly constructed, and as it's pretty small there's no flex in this device. The wide bezel surrounding the display makes the tablet easy to hold whilst in use, without accidentally pressing the screen. Onto the pros and cons:

Kindle Fire HD Pros and Cons

Pros: More portable than an iPad, amazing sound, small and lightweight, decent battery life and very competitively priced.

Cons: None to mention - too small to work on, slightly less choice of apps, ideal for everything else.

Our Verdict for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Overall, we loved this tablet - great audio, screen, and battery life, at less than half price of an iPad. Ideal tablet for both at home and when out and about - the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the perfect compromise between size and function. Buy one today!

You can buy the Amazon Kindle Fire HD here, priced at just £159.00

Reviewed by Techdesigns Staff on . Rating: 4.5

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Specification

Manufacturer: Amazon
Model: Kindle Fire HD
Screen size: 7"
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Extras: WiFi, free Cloud Storage
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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