Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet – Review
Amazon is offering Kindle Fire HDX 7″ tablet for a low $229 shipped (For 16Gb). For those who are looking at getting the best tablet out there at the moment, this is the one you should be looking at.
I been through many devices and hope this review with my experience helps users decide if this is the right device for them and this will be a honest review for this device.
This is leaps and bounds faster than last year Kindle HD. Last year Kindle struggles to go through any HD video content I put in. This year’s HDX able to play seamlessly all the HD 1080p contents I added. It is incredible how much the 2.2Ghz quad processor improved vs last year’s model Dual 1.2Ghz.
This is the biggest improvement over last year’s model. The screen is in true HD 1080p (1920×1080). This means any HD content I throw at it will view in its intended resolution. The screen is crystal clear (much better than iPad mini) and the viewing angle is incredible. I have this Kindle hanged in the middle of the car and at any seat it is view very clearly. Last year’s model was not as clear as this. This is excellent for my minivan with my kids watching all the HD movies. The brightness of the screen is also much brighter than last year’s model
The sound system in this Kindle Fire HDX is using Dolby Digital Plus with virtual 5.1 surround sound. That gives this device a much better surround sound then previous generation’s.
This HDX is more “angular” than last year’s device. It’s slightly rougher to hold in the corners than last year’s model due to sharper edges though I doubt any users will hold their tablet by their corners. The device is noticeable lighter (395g for Kindle Fire HD vs 303g for Kindle Fire HDX). This mean you can hold this for longer time without fatigue.
The power and volume button placement on this Kindle Fire HDX is interesting. It is behind the device which allows it to hide away from front view. However, this can cause user to accidentally hit the on/off button or the volume button when not being careful. Aesthetically it is great but it is definitely not a practical solution when you are trying to use this on the go.
It does look sturdy enough to survive minor drop but I highly recommend getting a case for it. Those sharp corners seems more prone to dents than round corners for last year’s model.
This is probably the biggest drawback for this device. The battery life is not as good as last year’s model. This is quite logical as last year’s HD has a 4400mAh battery while running 720p while this HDX runs Full HD 1080p but runs only on a 4500mAh battery (only 100mAh more than last year). The 1080p screen pulls a lot of power vs last year’s model when the screen is on, especially when running HD videos. I’m able to achieve 5 hours of heavy use compare to 7 hours for last year’s Kindle Fire HD at medium brightness with Wi-fi on all the time. I tend to bring around an external battery pack but prefer something that is integrated (like a battery case)
Software & software compatibility (8/10):
The amount of app is still lacking compare to App store or Play store but has been steadily increasing which is a great sign. Games and software boot time has increased noticeably and compatibility is not an issue
Silk browser has definitely improved compare to last year’s tablet with multiple tabs actually now usable on the HDX. For last year’s version, it is practically unusable after 2 tabs due to the lack of hardware resource on the tablet (especially when the website is not optimized for mobile use). The HDX has no problem going through any webpages I throw at it.
Hopefully more apps will be optimized to use quad core soon. I’m guessing some of these apps are only optimized for last year’s dual core.
I got the special offer model at 16Gb (lowest end model) and it is enough for me to use. The special offer ads are not intrusive like last year’s model and sometimes does reveal some items I want. Compare to the ipad mini, this is practically a steal. For those with the Nexus 7, it is quite comparable in price.
Overall still satisfied with my machine and frankly been the best bang for the buck tablet i ever have.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Technical Details :
|Display||7″ HDX touchscreen display, with 1920×1200 resolution at 323 ppi, 100% sRGB color accuracy, video playback up to 1080p, max brightness over 400 nits, Dynamic Image Contrast, reduced glare, and advanced polarizing filter|
|Size||7.3″ x 5.0″ x 0.35″ (186 mm x 128 mm x 9.0 mm)|
|Weight||Wi-Fi—10.7 ounces (303 grams); 4G LTE + Wi-Fi—11.0 ounces (311 grams)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
|CPU & RAM||2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM|
|Storage||16GB (10.9GB available to user) or 32GB (25.1GB available to user), or 64 GB (53.7GB available to user) of internal storage|
|Battery Life||Up to 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Up to 17 hours of battery life when only reading. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO+HT40) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks|
|4G Connectivity||Support for ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless networks with HSPA+, HSDPA, and, with AT&T wireless, EDGE/GPRS fallback|
|Ports||USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to charge your device with the included power adapter|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio engine|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS (4G)|
|Location Services||Location-based services via Wi-Fi. 4G model also uses assisted-GPS|
|Additional Features||External volume controls, front-facing 720p HD camera, built-in dual microphone, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, headsets, and speakers|
|Accessibility Features||Screen Reader, Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier, enabling access to the vast majority of Kindle Fire features. Screen Reader features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary. Learn more|
|System Requirements||Kindle Fire HDX is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content|
|Warranty and Service||1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here|
|Included in the Box||Kindle Fire 7″ HDX tablet, USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide|
Product Name : Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet
Official Web Site : Amazon.com
Price : $229 for Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB (Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services.)