In all honesty, don’t expect Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD to exceed Apple’s iPad. However, with a price tag of only $159 (from the original $199 in 2012), and able to do at least 80% of what an iPad can do, you already have a cheaper alternative for an eBook reader, watching video, checking e-mail, playing a few games, and doing social media.
Instead of going for the same size as iPad, Amazon decided to stick with 7.5 inches (A newer model, the Fire HDX is at 8.99 inches and will sell for $250, coming out in October 2013). This is why holding the Kindle Fire HD is like holding a paperback, and it’s easier to grip. Actually, watching videos, playing games, and doing Facebook is at par with iPad because of the great screen quality.
Kindle Fire HD and HDX use IPS technology and Google’s Android operating system. These have never been any problem with previous users of other Android phones and tablets. Because of this, you start to get second thoughts about the iPad’s $499 price. In terms of access to e-books, music, videos, and apps, it’s limitless since you’re not limited only to Apple stores. Amazon’s Appstore alone has more than enough at affordable prices, not to mention free versions all over the net.
The interface shelving system for pinning and arranging of favorite sites and media items is just as good as with Apple’s. The Fire HD even intelligently follows your browsing patterns. For instance, if you keep clicking on a certain webpage and then switch to another webpage, it will start caching that site in anticipation of your click. It has no problems with both mobile and full versions of websites, including embedded videos and other web features.
Any issues with performance have been far and few in between. Unless you’re up in a plane, issues concerning if you cannot connect wirelessly with your Kindle Fire is quite few. Other issues like not being able to connect to a computer and locked or frozen screens do happen, but again are just too few.
With 8GB of space, that’s enough for about 10 movies or 800 songs. Without the songs and movies you can load up on up to 3,500 e-books even in PDF format.
Kindle Fire HD has a fair enough battery life; up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback even when the Wi-Fi connectivity is turned on. Though not as good as iPad’s 10 hours of continuous use, this is good enough if you’re not frequently traveling or just using the Fire HD for office, school, or home use.
Kindle Fire HD has an amazing appearance without compromising performance. Its thickness is only .45 of an inch and weighs at only 14 ounces. It comes in its own graphite case, including the HDX model. Its HD screen is 50% better in contrast than its Kindle predecessors.
Is it selling? At 7 million units sold, it comes in second to the iPad. This makes the Fire HD a great alternative gift for the coming holiday season.