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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

40
raisincain
I have a Kindle HD Fire --loved it until I had problems with the charging part...read more
90
lbcdude49
OPERATING BUTTONS FOR POWER AND VOLUME HARD TO USE, Great tablet
80
bethsian25
The kindle fire HD is very good for people that spend a lot of time on Amazon,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score
 
80
Laptop Magazine
With its superb display, superior speakers and improved performance, the $199 Kindle Fire HD is easily one of the best 7-inch tablets available.
 
80
Engadget
For casual users looking for an inexpensive yet powerful tablet, the Kindle Fire HD should absolutely be at the top of your shopping list. But, for those looking to do more, and do more rapidly, the Nexus 7 is still the king of this diminutive hill.
 
80
Gizmodo
It's a very well-made tablet, with an outstanding ecosystem behind it and enough perks to make it very appealing for the price. If you're already hooked on the Amazon ecosystem, by all means upgrade.
 
70
ABC News
So, is this the best tablet at any price? No, but Amazon wouldn't be wrong if it said it was one of the best tablets at any price.
 
80
Mashable
The choice, for now, is really between the Kindle Fire HD and Google’s $199 Nexus 7. Both are great, easy-to-use tablets that I could easily recommend but you will get twice the storage on the Kindle Fire HD. It’ll cost you another $50 for the 16GB Nexus 7.
 
80
Wired
If you’re aligned with Amazon’s vision, and especially if you’ve fully immersed yourself in the company’s ecosystem — signing up for Prime, watching tons of streaming videos, reading stacks of books — you won’t do better than this.
 
80
CNET
With a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been.
 
80
PC Mag
The 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a great way to consume your Amazon content on a small screen, but it's not the fastest or most flexible $200 tablet any more.
 
70
USA Today
Amazon addressed many of the original's shortcomings. The processor is more robust, leading to a faster and more fluid experience. ... I like it, despite encountering a few snags and not getting near the 11 hours of battery life Amazon touts for mixed use, admittedly under a much harsher test.
 
70
Time
For happy Amazon customers, though, a Kindle Fire HD could be just the ticket — assuming that Amazon thoroughly polishes the software, that is. Here’s hoping it’s in rock-solid shape by the time the 8.9″ model debuts right before Thanksgiving.

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