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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 2nd-gen

from  $139.99+
76
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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User Reviews

90
bkowalski3000
For $129, I wasn't expecting much when I ordered this Kindle Fire. I was expecting...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
73
Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Display

80
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Battery life

60
 

Storage capacity

60
 

Features

60
 

Ease of use

80
 
Product Review
Engadget
This Kindle shares a lot with its predecessor, though there are some notable changes. Namely, the body. See, if we're strictly talking form factor here, this guy is a dead ringer for the 7-inch HDX. Inside, however, you'll find last-gen processing power: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
Product Review
CNET
Gone is the subtle curvature of last year's models in favor of a much more angular backside that maintains a clear space between the speakers and your coffee table when laid down flat.
 
80
Tech Advisor
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013) is an Android tablet with great price and specs, but its lack of access to Google's app store could be an issue for some.
 
70
phoneArena
Still, in the back of our minds, it’s the kind of thing some people would give as a stocking stuffer. So depending on the person receiving it, the tablet might be used with care – that or just become a throwaway come next year.