79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch)

Summary

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD is a big step forward over the original Fire, but still a little too customized to appeal to more serious tablet users.

Pros
  • Great-looking IPS screenMuch-improved designStrong WiFi performanceExtensive content selection
Cons
  • Occasionally sluggish performanceConstant sales pitches
Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch)
More Info

Amazon announces 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs, pricing starts at $199

Kindle Fire HD 7-inch hands-on (Update: video)

Amazon Kindle Fire review

It was 10 months ago that we had a doppelgänger in our midst. Amazon unleashed the Kindle Fire to the world and we spent much of the beginning of our review comparing and contrasting it to the (even then a bit long-in-the-tooth) BlackBerry PlayBook. Now, finally, we can stop making that comparison -- at least for this, Amazon's current top-shelf tablet.

It's the Kindle Fire HD and it quite handily addresses nearly every concern that we had with the original Fire. It's thinner, lighter, faster and, yes, better looking. It's a huge step forward from that which came before and yet it still follows very much in the footsteps of its predecessor, existing as a physical portal to a digital marketplace with an alluring selection of premium content. Is it enough of an improvement to topple our current king of budget tablets, the Nexus 7? You'll just have to read on to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Battery life
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
7.1
Display
8.7
Storage capacity
7.8
Features
7.9
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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to11 hour
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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to11 hour
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