Summary: To put a review of the Kindle Fire HD in perspective, you have to peer just a tiny bit into the past. It was barely a week ago that the world watched Amazon begin a magical transformation from that of a humble multinational that retails every product ever made in the world, to that of a consumer electronics powerhouse that wants to bring the fight to Apple on the tablet front.
Pros: Terrific display, Ecosystem with Prime is outstanding, Faster performance all around
Cons: Software can be buggy and sluggish, App selection is still weak, For lean-back experiences only
Conclusion: The first thing users will see when they take it out the box is a very plain, very ordinary looking tablet. It’s unimaginative design is deceptive to the point of doing the device a disservice, as once you switch it on you’re treated to a rich and diverse user experience unlike anything the competition say they may offer. With both the Kindle Fire and Fire HD, Amazon has changed what the sub-brand means and it’s as a result of the hardware on offer.
Pros: Beautiful 7-inch HD display, Excellent stereo sound, Vast library of content, Affordable
Cons: Clunky, generic design, Locked to Amazon apps and content, No expandable memory
Conclusion: For a brand spanking new tablet, much like its smaller sized sibling, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is graced with an inviting $300 starting price point (up to $600 for the highest model; the 64GB version). If you can somehow tolerate the Amazon centered experience of this tablet, then you’ll surely find plenty of value with it – even more when it impresses with its high-resolution display.
Pros: Even sharper looking display, Great battery life, Modest & sturdy design
Cons: Lacks the depth of functionality and the Play Store of full Android, Some sluggish performance
Summary: While the 8.9-inch Fire HD is no longer a one-handed device, those who plan to use it for watching movies and reading magazines will find its full HD display and stereo speakers to be very satifying. The built-in parental controls, while limited, will broaden this device's appeal for families. Our biggest concern is the occasional freezes and crashes we experienced. This tablet was glitchier than the 7-inch model we tested.
Pros: Bright and colorful display with wide viewing angles, Long battery life, Loud speakers, Competitive price
Cons: Occasionally froze, No memory expansion, Removing ads from lock screen costs 15, Power adapter sold separately
Summary: At $199, the Kindle Fire HD 7 stacked up squarely against the Nexus 7 and, for power users, that's something of a tough sell. But, with a size and price that slots in well below much of the larger, 10-inch tablet competition, the $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is more of a difficult proposition to directly compare. So, it's more a question of what does it offer that its smaller predecessor lacks?
Pros: Bright and beautiful 1080p display, Great build quality, Huge selection of content, Inexpensive base data plan
Cons: Occasional OS stutters, No access to Google Play
Excerpt: About a year ago, the Amazon wowed the tech world with the Kindle Fire, a mainstream, easy-to-use tablet that cost only $200. Over last holiday season, the Fire rose to prominence as the most popular tablet outside of the iPad, eclipsing rivals like the Asus Transformer and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Earlier this month, Amazon finally took the wraps off of its new 7-inch Kindle Fire “HD,” which boasts faster speeds and more pixels.
Pros: Excellent Dolby sound, Great access to Amazon content, Clear HD screen, Great battery life
Cons: Lockscreen ads are blatant and annoying, Amazon goes overboard upselling products, Interface is laggy at times, Limited to Amazon services & content, Amazon email/calendar apps don’t match Google’s, No homescreen customization
Conclusion: It's hard to not like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. It excels at its purpose as an affordable one-stop device for reading Amazon books and magazines, streaming video, playing music and providing you with a safe (albeit somewhat limited) app store. It's brain-dead easy to use, Amazon provides excellent support and their various stores have more than enough content to keep you entertained for the next 20 years.
Pros: Excellent display, wonderful array of Amazon content, easy to use, great customer service.
Cons: No access to the Google Play Store or other Google services.
Conclusion: Looking at the next year ahead, Amazon has something to be happy about since it now has an established consumer base in the tablet industry, which is especially intriguing knowing that they had none of the pie a year ago. With its new Kindle Fire HD tablet, it’s almost certain they’ll continue to reap the benefits of success seeing that it packs a considerable amount of value at $200.
Pros: Sharp looking display, Affordable, Peppy performance from its CPU
Cons: Lacks Goole Play and other core apps, Still lacking depth of personalization