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New Kindle Fire Review: 5 Specs to Consider in a Kindle Fire HDX vs iPad Mini …

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 07, 2013

Dozens of Android tablets have been manufactured, however, only a few have become popular among the masses. According to a recent study, the Amazon Kindle Fire is more popular than the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Samsung Galaxy and the Google Nexus 7 tablets, among Americans. But how does the latest Kindle Fire HDX compare to the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and Google Nexus 7 tablets? The Kindle Fire HDX Review by compares and contrasts different specs of the three tablets in a unique and practical manner.

Something that the review highlights is that not all tech specs are equally important when someone is trying to decide between the 3 tablets. For example, the Google Nexus 7 tablet has Near Field Communication (NFC) and wireless charging features whereas neither the Kindle Fire HDX nor the Apple iPads have them. But the question is, is someone going to purchase a Nexus 7 purely based on these 2 criteria? Another example is the minor differences in battery life. Amazon boasts 11 hours of mixed use and 17 hours when used for reading. In comparison, the other two have 9-10 hour battery lives. But should a consumer buy the Kindle because it has 1-2 hours more battery life? The answer is no, there are other important features to consider. The full scoop of the Kindle Fire review and comparison can be found on

According to this comparison, one of the biggest advantages of the Kindle Fire HDX is in the price of the device and the content that goes in it. The tablet itself is $170 (16 GB Wi Fi only model) to $320 (64 GB Wi Fi + 4G LTE model) cheaper than the Apple iPad Mini. In addition, according to various studies, music albums, movie rentals and purchases, eBooks as well as apps are generally cheaper at the Amazon digital store compared to the Apple iTunes store. This is not to say that all MP3 albums or all movie rentals are cheaper with Amazon, but that a certain percentage is cheaper at Amazon compared to iTunes. Savings may be as little as penny or a few dollars, nevertheless in the long run, the savings can be significant as more and more content is consumed. The more videos downloaded, the more Kindle books read, the more apps purchased, the greater the savings over the years.

In addition to money savings, the 3rd generation Fire HDX tablets are also superior when the overall picture quality and processor (CPU)/RAM speeds are concerned. However, the Kindle doesn’t win all the comparisons compared to the iPad and the Nexus. One major drawback of both 7” and 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets, at least in some people’s minds, is the ‘Amazon-centric’ nature of the operating system (OS). Even though it’s based on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, it’s heavily modified and some of the core Android features are lost. Some people don’t appreciate this because it limits their ability to purchase content from the Google Play Store. The Top 5 Limitations of the Kindle Fire, addressing these potential drawbacks is an essential read for anyone considering buying a tablet this holiday season.

In addition Kindle Fire 7" review, they also review the 8.9” Fire HDX tablet while comparing it to the Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 10.

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Kindle Fire HD vs Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet comparison review

Kindle Fire HD vs Tesco Hudl

Here we're comparing the new 7in Tesco Hudl against both the 7in Amazon Kindle Fire HD and its bigger brother the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch. The Hudl costs £119 inc VAT in the UK, and the Kindle Fire HD tablets cost £119 for the 7in, and £229 for the 8.9in tablet. See also: Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet comparison review.

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Display

Despite the budget price, the Hudl has, we have to say, a reasonable specification. Much better than we expected, in fact.

The Hudl has a 7 in screen matching the Kindle Fire HD, and like Amazon's tablets this has been designed to be used in landscape mode. You can still use portrait if you wish. The resolution is decent for a budget tablet at 1440 x 900 (higher than the iPad mini) and viewing angles are good which, to be honest, we weren't expecting. A pixel density of 243 pixels per inch is not to be sniffed at.

The first Kindle Fire HD has a 7in, 1280 x 800 10-point multitouch capacitive screen which uses an IPS LCD panel. That makes HD movies look good, with decent detail at a decent pixel-density level of 215 ppi. One of the advantages of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is its excellent full HD screen. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 which means that it has a winning pixel density of 254 ppi over a bigger area. In the case of all three devices viewing angles are wide, colours are deep and contrast is good. But the 8.9in Kindle Fire HD tablet makes up for its heavier weight with a bigger, more detailed screen.

Unfortunately we found that the Hudl's screen is occasionally unresponsive and in general we needed to set brightness to the maximum level.

The 8.9in Kindle Fire HD has the best display here. It's a close-run thing between the smaller tablets. See also: The 9 best budget tablets: What's the best budget tablet of 2013?

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Specification and performance

In terms of performance the Hudl beats out the other two, although that doesn't make it a top performer. Just solid and good for the price.

Being blunt, the 7in Kindle Fire HD isn't as fast as we'd have liked. In use it doesn't feel as snappy as an iPad mini or Nexus 7, especially when browsing the web or launching apps. Scrolling around web pages shows a white screen until the content is loaded.

In Geekbench 2, the Fire HD managed 1124 which is slower than the Nexus 7, which scored 1452. Running the SunSpider Javascript test returned a score of 1783ms, which is again slower than the Nexus 7 with 1665ms.

Kindle Fire HD vs Tesco HudlScroll forward to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and things have improved... a little. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 scored an average of 1398 in Geekbench 2, and managed a usable 12fps in the Egypt HD test from GLBenchmark. In the Sunspider JavaScript test, it averaged 1376ms.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has a faster dual-core processor than the Kindle Fire HD but this doesn't make it feel noticeably zippier in general use. Both Kindle Fire HD devices trail the Nexus 7 in this respect, although the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 pretty much matches that tablet in our benchmarks.

Turning to the Hudle, its 1.5 GHz quad-core A9 processor copes fairly well with its job. Navigation around the OS is nippy enough if not lightning fast. Web browsing and gaming is reasonable but nothing more which is reflected in our benchmark tests.

The Hudl scores 1583 in Geekbench 2 which is a little more than the original Nexus 7, and beats out both Kindle Fire HD tablets. It's only one frame off the Galaxy Note 8 (which is considerably more expensive) in GLBenchmark 2.5 - it managed 17 fps. In SunSpider 1.0, the Hudl scores a middling 1397 ms.

You might also be interested in: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Release date, price and specs and Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: a surprisingly good budget Android tablet

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Battery life

Tesco says that the Hudl can provide up to 9 hours of video playback, depending on various settings. At maximum brightness (for comfortable viewing), streaming a 30 minute BBC iPlayer TV show over Wi-Fi used just under 10 percent of the battery. So it will last around five hours in total if you only watch video.

General battery life will depend on how often you use the device. If you pick it up occasionally to check Facebook or Google who that actor is on TV you can't place then it will give you a few days' worth of use. The Hudl holds its charge very well when not in use. We'd like some kind of power management though, so that Wi-Fi could be automatically switched off with the screen.

Both the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offer good battery life, too.

Amazon claims that you will get more than 10 hours of continuous use out of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. In our tests we managed 7 hours and 15 minutes playing back video at full brightness with Wi-Fi switched on. This is a good result for a tablet with a 9in screen. It would certainly allow you to watch movies throughout a long flight, for instance (although you'd need to be online to watch the movie.)

The 7in Kindle Fire HD lasted even longer - putting in a performance of 7 hours and 42 minutes in the same test. Again the Nexus 7 outperforms the Kindle Fire HD tablets, with a result of 9 hours and 40 minutes, but this is exceptional. Even the iPad mini couldn't match that (at maximum brightness), lasting just six minutes longer than the Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

Note that you don't get a mains charger in the box with either Amazon device, and the Fire HD 8.9in will take a foot-tapping 14-odd hours to charge via your laptop or PC's USB port. That drops to around four hours with the optional Kindle charger – it's well worth budgeting for that when you buy if you don't already have a USB charger.

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Storage

There's only one model of the Hudl and that comes with 16 GB of storage (around 12 GB available). There is a microSD card for adding up to 32 GB more, which is another plus point when compared to the Amazon competition, although those tablets can come with more storage.

You can choose either 16GB or 32GB models of both the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Neither of the Kindle Fire HD tablets offers expandable storage. Also, you shouldn't expect to have all of that storage available for apps and media. In our tests the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 had 12.7GB available for storage. With the 32GB model we found 27.1GB of usable storage.

Let's call this one a draw.

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Design and build quality

Build quality and design are subjective things, and it is important to say that these are all well-built devices. Almost on a whim we err toward the Hudl.

Kindle Fire HD vs Tesco HudlThe Hudl feels nice in the hand with its soft touch plastic casing which comes in four colours: black, blue, red and purple. It's a little chunkier and heavier than the latest Nexus 7 at 9.9 mm and 370 g but the device doesn't feel unwieldy. It's also very well built for a cheap tablet with a solid and durable construction. At 567g the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a little heavy for a tablet. If weight is an issue you could opt for the lighter Kindle Fire HD. Its 395g feels significantly lighter, especially when in use as an e-reader. Of course the Hudl beats them both/

Kindle Fire HD tablets are designed to be used often and on the move, and to sell at a cheap price. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 shares almost identical design and build quality with the 7in Kindle Fire HD: a shiny black slab with a capacitative touchscreen taking up most of the front. The 8.9in model is simply stretched to incorporate that bigger screen. This means that in both cases the screen is designed to be used in landscape format for everything but reading books.

The Kindle Fires are robust and built to last but lack a little of the stylish finish of iPads or Nexus tablets. We think we prefer the Hudl in this respect, but all three devices are solid and well-built. The Hudl feels thicker, its rubbbery back panel feels a little like a built-in case. But that gives the impression of a more robust device.

The bezel around the screen on all three devices is thicker than we'd like, but that's what you get at this price.

This virtually identical design means both the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 sport similar ports, features and buttons in similar places. With either device look on the bottom edge for micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, and find the headphone jack sitting near the top. The Hudl's micro-USB sits in the middle of the bottom (in landscape mode). The micro-HDMI can be found top left, however. A memory-card expansion slot can be found on the righthand side, and the 3.5mm jack sits on the top righthand corner.

The Kindle Fire tablets have two speakers seated to the left and the right on the rear of the tablet, and the webcam is situated centrally above the screen. You get a similar setup with the Hudl. It does seem odd for an entertainment device to have rear-facing speakers, but these tablets are hardly alone in that respect.

A range of accessories for the Hudl includes cases from £15, cables and headphones. Some of which are designed for kids. By now the Kindle Fire HD tablets are also blessed with good third-party support. See also: What's the best Android tablet of 2013?

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: Software

The winner here depends on your personal tastes and requirements.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is almost vanilla in the Hudl but Tesco had added a few of its own bits and pieces. Preloaded widgets give first time users a helping hand and other things like Clubcard status at a glance. These can, of course be removed if they are of no use to you.

Alongside the regular android navigation buttons, there is a T button which is a shortcut to the supermarket's services including Blinkbox and Clubcard TV.They are both streaming services but Blinkbox offers up to date content to buy or rent, while Clubcard TV allows free but fewer and older content.

To go with these is a micro-HDMI port to get those films and TV shows on to your TV. Importantly there is full access to Google Play Store which means the Hudl has one up on the Amazon Kindle Fire range of budget tablets.

The Kindle Fire HD tablets are very different. Although strictly speaking based on Android, the platform is very much Amazon's own. These are entertainment devices for people who don't want or need the freedom of a plain Android device: the people who don't demand the latest Android apps or to be able to buy content from wherever they like. Amazon is hoping to make its money from you via your purchases of media and apps. That does mean, of course, that the lifetime cost of a well used Kindle Fire will be alot more than what you pay to purchase it in the first place.

If you want to be able to access Android apps and Google Play media, the Hudl has to be your choice. But the Kindle Fire HD tablets offer easy access to Amazon's unrivalled media catalogue.

Tesco Hudl vs Kindle Fire HD: verdict

The Hudl is a great little full-Android tablet, with a decent display and offering solid performance at a brilliant price. The Kindle Fire HD tablets can match the price and, in the case of the 8.9in device at least, offer a better display. But remember that a 7in tablet is much better for reading and watching videos on the move. Performance is marginally down for the Kindles, and they don't offer access to full Google Play apps and media. But if you can stand to miss out on choice, you get a better curated media experience courtesy of Amazon's amazing stockpile of books, video and music. Choose any of these tablets and you won't be disappointed: just choose the right one for you. See also: The 10 best tablets of 2013.

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Hands-on with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablets

Amazon wants to control all your media consumption, and with its new tablets and ambitious software features, it may just succeed. The company has officially unveiled its new line of Kindle Fire tablets for 2013. The three new tablets consists of the redesigned Kindle Fire HD (2013), the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

Preorders for all three are available now. Look for the Wi-Fi-only version of the HDX 7 to ship on October 18, with the 4G variant coming November 14. The Wi-Fi-only Fire HDX 8.9 ships on November 7 with the 4G version coming December 10. The newly designed 7-inch Kindle Fire HD ships on October 2.

The three tablets -- along with the new Fire OS -- are incredibly ambitious (check below to find out why), but until we spend more than just a few minutes with them, we won't know for sure how well they live up to their potential.

Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablets (pictures)

As with last year's stable, 2013's Kindle Fires will display full screen ads on the lock screen. Buyers can completely turn off the ads by paying an extra $15.

To make the pricing as clear as possible I've thrown into this handy chart below.

New design
Each new kindle Fire gets a new design for 2013. 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.

At 0.82 pound, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the lightest large-screen tablet I've yet heard of, and posts an even lighter load than the Sony Xperia Tablet Z's 1.06 pounds.

The power and volume rocker on each are no longer flush with the device and are now much more easily depressible.

That more angular design I spoke of.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

Updated specs
The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch features a 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen (323ppi), whereas the 8.9 gets an even more impressive 2,560x1,600-pixel-resolution screen, with a 339ppi. Amazon also says to expect 100 percent sRGB color accuracy, reduced glare, dynamic image contrast -- which may be a first in a tablet -- and a higher brightness.

Each of the new HDX tablets houses a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and an Adreno 330 graphics processor. Essentially, this means fast, fast, fast gaming performance, as the 800 is no joke when it comes to frame rates, even on phones. That, coupled with 2GB of RAM, and the Fire HDX might be the most graphically advanced portable device yet when it releases later this year.

Amazon says to expect up to 11 hours of mixed-use battery life and 17 hours when reading. While reading, the CPU goes into a low power state and awaits more stressful tasks before powering on again.

With its updated specs, the Fire HDX should be able to run any of those apps as well or possibly better than any Android tablet.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

For my money, you don't get any better than the 2012 Kindle Fire HD tablets when it comes to sound quality, and fortunately, the HDX will inherit this oft-overlooked, but much-appreciated tablet feature.

Each HDX includes a front-facing HD camera, but only the 8.9 gets a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, with an LED flash.

New Origami-style covers will be available for each tablet; they can be configured to stand the tablets up in portrait or landscape orientations.

Origami in effect, in a cover, on a tablet.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

Get your 'Mojito' on
With new hardware also comes new software, and Amazon is keen on stuffing as many new features into its Fire OS 3.0 -- christened, "Mojito" -- as it can.

Amazon has plans to significantly improve the Kindle Fire OS with software optimizations across the board, including Goodreads integration, and better enterprise support, but let's talk about the major updates that are coming.

Accessed from the quick setting menu, the Mayday button is built-in and nearly immediate tech support like we've never seen before. According to Amazon, after tapping the button, a live tech support representative will appear on your screen within 15 seconds. The rep can draw on your screen, take complete control of your tablet, or simply coach you through difficult times. With the tablet, that is.

The service will be available 24-7, 365. Hopefully, Amazon has figured out an effective way of weeding out false calls from those of us simply looking for some extra company on a lonely Saturday night.

Amazon Prime videos, offline!
Amazon Prime videos can now not only be streamed, but also downloaded to your HDX device for viewing when you don't have an Internet connection. You know, like on long trips overseas or when visiting your cousins out in the sticks

X-Ray updates
X-Ray is now available for music. Expect synchronized lyrics that let you follow along with a song, even when offline. Also, X-Ray for Movies and TV now displays the name of the song playing in a given scene.

The 8-megapixel back camera. Curiously, it's only available on the larger 8.9.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

Character backstory info will appear as the appropriate actor appears on screen. Bloopers and additional trivia are also new.

Second-screen action
You can kick your video content from your new Kindle Fire to your PlayStation 3 (and later this year, PS4 and Samsung Smart TVs; Amazon made no mention of other devices, however). But, instead of simply mirroring your tablet, the Kindle Fire will be freed up to browse the Web, play a game, or whatever else you desire to do with it -- you can even leave the room with it -- while your video content plays on your TV with X-Ray info.

According to Amazon, the quality of the video will not be dependent on the tablet's processor load or connection.

Clearly thinner than 2012's Fire HD line.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

Kicking your content to a larger screen is becoming quite the common feature in tablets, but Amazon appears to take the concept one impressively useful step forward.

Hands-on with the new Fire HDXes
In some ways, the 8.9 HDX is the more impressive device because it feels very light for its size -- and it's thin.

Both the 7- and 8.9-inch HD screens seemed very crisp, with excellent color saturation and good contrast. Most importantly, they seemed fast -- significantly more responsive than previous versions.

When you use the Mayday button, the tech support rep on the other end can coach you through any feature.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

Amazon has also updated the UI. There's still the carousel view, but there's also the grid view and the left-hand nav view. It's built on Jelly Bean, so you could say Amazon made it more Android-like. You can also close out apps and see what's running in the background.

The Mayday feature is a key differentiating point. There's also the aforementioned second-screen feature. It's all done through the cloud and is pretty cool.

Amazon says the Silk browser is improved, but I didn't get a chance to test it. Also, battery life is better by an hour. The Origami cases are thin and nice but starting at $60, are fairly pricey.

The HDX 7-inch only comes with a front-facing camera for video messaging.

(Credit: David Carnoy/CNET)

The entry-level Kindle Fire HD performs the same as the previous Fire HD, but its design is in line with the rest of the devices. No camera, but $139 is a great price.

The backs of the devices do attract fingerprints, as you can see from some of the pictures here. There's also some glare on the screens, though Amazon says they have the same lamination feature (no gap), which is supposed to cut down on the glare.

Overall, I was most impressed by the 8.9 because it so much thinner and lighter. From a design standpoint the 7-inch doesn't seem like a big leap, though I did like the button placement for the volume controls and power button, and it feels pretty good in one hand.

First thoughts
I'm impressed. Well, as much as one can be impressed by a specs and features list of devices he's never touched -- David Carnoy wrote the hands-on portion above.

Amazon appears to be firing -- pun intended -- on all cylinders with its new devices. The prices are low, the specs are high-end, and the feature set is incredibly ambitious, especially Mayday and Second screen.

Could this be Amazon's first big step towards taking over your living room? Maybe. If nothing else, the company has shown that it is at least attempting to move one step closer to creating that near-perfect all-in-one media device most of us seem to want.

Everything listed is no doubt impressive, but the proof will be in how well it's all implemented and working once you get it into your home. The company's devices have a pretty good track record for living up to hype, so I'm willing to give Amazon the benefit of the doubt for now.

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