Kindle Fire HDX: Everything to Know about Kindle Tablets
If you’ve ever ordered anything online before, you’re probably aware of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer. 4 years ago Amazon shook the tech world with rumors they would be releasing a tablet, the online giant’s first entry into consumer electronics.
Rumors had spread the idea that the Kindle Fire maybe the only tablet which could compete with the iPad, but the device would have be to deliver serious value. They also suggested the Amazon tablet buyers would have full access to Amazon’s streaming music & movie library.
The rumors were true. The Kindle Fire is one of the highest value purchases on the market.
Picture a tablet that can do 90% of what the competition can do, for a lower price. Your mental picture should look exactly the same as the picture above – this tablet is the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
That is where the Kindle Fire HD truly shines – it’s purchase value. You spend less than $200 for a tablet that seriously threatens it’s $500+ competitors. This is the tablet to buy if you’re looking for the best value around.
Watch TV Shows, Listen to Music, Watch Movies – For Free
Amazon Prime members get complete access to Amazon’s streaming media library for free. Choose from over 19 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines and books to stream onto your Kindle Fire.
1 month of Amazon Prime is included free with purchase of the Kindle Fire so you can get a taste. Personally, I renewed my Amazon Prime membership immediately after my 30 day trial expired. I’m still a member today.
Thousands of Apps Available for Download
Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, ESPN, Angry Birds and thousands of others all available for download with the Kindle Fire. Don’t be fooled into thinking only the iPad has apps, the Kindle Fire has them too
Learning to use the Kindle Fire HD is easy. There’s virtually no learning curve to understanding the in and outs of this slick tablet. Spend an hour playing with it, regardless of technology expertise, and you’ll know just how to use it.
Kindle Fire HDX Specs: The Power of HD(X)
The tablet sports a beautiful 7-inch multi-touch display treated with anti-reflective coating, to prevent eye strain, at a resolution of 1920×1200; bringing you full HD.
It’s only 0.35-inches thin, weighing it at 303 grams. Yes, it’s lighter than a bag of chips. Despite the small form factor, the HDX starts at 16GB, and is also available in 32GB, and 64GB models.
What does 8GB store? It’s enough for about 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Bonus: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content. Did I mention it also includes a USB port? It does.
You can use the Kindle Fire for up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge, and completely re-charge the device in 4 hours via the included power cord. It also re-charges when connected to a computer.
Kindle Fire Vs. Kindle Fire HD
Editors Note: The Kindle Fire (non-HD model) is no longer available for sale on Amazon’s website.
Here’s a table to help you compare the differences between the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD.
As you’ll see, there isn’t really any Kindle Fire Vs. Kindle HD discussion, it’s apples and oranges. The Kindle Fire HD is superior.
|Kindle Fire Model||7-Inch Kindle Fire HD||8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD||Kindle Fire (2011)|
|Display||7-inch LCD IPS||8.9-inch LCD IPS||7-inch IPS|
|Resolution||1,280 x 800||1,920 x 1,200||1,024 x 600|
|OS (Skinned)||Android 4.0||Android 4.0||Android 2.3|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460||Dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 4470||Dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP|
|Storage||16GB, 32GB||16GB, 32GB, 64GB||8GB|
|WiFi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||Single-band 802.11 b/g/n|
|Dimensions||193 x 137 x 10.3mm||240 x 160 x 8.8mm||190 x 120 x 11.4mm|
|Weight||395 grams||567 grams||413 grams|
|Battery||“11 hours”||9 hours||8 hours|
|Ports||microUSB, microHDMI||microUSB, microHDMI||microUSB|
Introducing the New Kindle Fire HDX
The third (and latest) generation of Amazon’s Kindle tablet is called the Kindle Fire HDX.
The newest Kindle series tablet was released in two sizes; 7-inches, which was released on October 13th 2013, and the 8.9-inch model, which came out November 7th, 2013.
The Kindle Fire HDX follows all the standards the previous Kindle tablets set, along with a number of new unique features that make the HDX even easier to use.
Kindle Fire HD Vs. Kindle Fire HDX: Is it worth the $100 upgrade?
There isn’t a major price difference between the Fire HD, and the Fire HDX, but $60 is still a considerable amount of money for most of us.
Let’s compare the Kindles in this Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX showdown:
HDX Difference: Better display due to an increased resolution/PPI (pixels per inch). The 7″ Kindle Fire HD was equipped with a 1280 x 800 display, while the entry level 7″ Fire HDX rocks a 1920 x 1200 full HD display.
What this means: Resolution is tied closely to screen quality. The higher the resolution, the clearer the image. You can expect a considerably better image on the Kindle Fire HDX.
HDX Difference: A new rear-facing 8MP camera has been added, as well as a front-facing HD camera.
What this means: You can take pretty good quality photos with the HDX.
HDX Difference: New Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito” operating system “introduces hundreds of new and upgraded features. Amazon-exclusive services, platform updates and more”. Though the Fire HD has been updated to feature Fire OS 3, it is missing key features, such as the Mayday button.
What this means: Kindle tablets have always been easy to use, but the HDX is even easier thanks to the new operating system. Notable additions to the OS include deletion suggestions by identifying items that have not been used recently, a content-first home screen that shows your recently used apps, and and impressive customer support feature called “Mayday”.
By pressing the Mayday button, you are connected to an Amazon tech advisor live on your screen who can draw onto your screen, helping you accomplish anything on your Kindle. Amazon emphasizes that their tech support representatives can see your screen, but not you!
Kindle Comparison: Fire HD (Old), Fire HDX (Newest)
|Kindle Fire Model||7-Inch Kindle Fire HD (Old)||7-Inch Kindle Fire HDX (New)||8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HDX (New)|
|Display||7-inch LCD IPS||7-Inch LCD IPS||7-inch IPS|
|Resolution||1,280 x 800||1,920 x 1,200||2560 x 1600|
|OS (Skinned)||Fire OS 3.0||Fire OS 3.0 (W/ Mayday)||Fire OS 3.0 (W/ Mayday)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460||Quad-Core 2.2GHz||Quad-Core 2.2GHz|
|Camera||None||Front-facing HD Camera||Front-facing HD Camera + 8MP rear-facing camera|
|Weight||345 grams||303 grams||374 grams|
|Battery||10 hours||11 hours||12 hours|
|Price||$139||$229 – Buy||$379 – Buy|
Should you spend the extra $100?
Value wise, the choice is obvious. $100 for a rear-facing camera, better screen, and industry leading customer support? I’d take it and run.
If you’re somebody who is looking for a barebones tablet that won’t need the instant customer support, then you should be fine with the Fire HD.
Everything You Need Know Before You Buy a Kindle Fire Tablet
Let’s go through a quick Q&A to cover the important shopping questions before you buy your first Kindle.
Q: What is the price of a Kindle Fire tablet?
A: You can buy the Kindle Fire HD starting at $139 for the 2012 7″ HD model. The newer HDX models start at $229.
Q: Where can I buy a Kindle Fire tablet?
A: We recommend you buy directly from the source. You’re guaranteed extraordinary customer service, prompt shipping, and reliability you can count on. Amazon will always have the best Kindle Fire HD price, you won’t find it cheaper anywhere else.
Q: Are there any Kindle Fire tablet deals available today?
A: Amazon already has the Kindle tablets priced so low that I doubt it, but you can check if there are any current deals by clicking here.
Buy the Kindle Fire Now
Now that you’re armed with everything you need to know about the Kindle Fire HD tablet, it’s time to pull the trigger and buy one for yourself.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is a tablet overflowing with value. I haven’t met one coworker of mine doesn’t boast about how happy they are with their Kindle Fire. Just read the customer reviews in the link below to see for yourself!
Click here to buy the Kindle Fire HDX. You will also be able to read more information, read customer reviews, and view compatible accessories before you have to buy anything.