Kindle Fire HD 2

6.3/10 AVG.
RATING



6.3/10
Informr score
The Kindle Fire HD 2 currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Good feature set for the price
  • Sleek design
  • Decent HD display

What's bad

  • Only 16GB of onboard storage
  • No camera
  • Basic specs

Like it’s predecessor, the Kindle Fire HD 2 offers 800 x 1280 resolution. Although HD, experts note that it still falls short of displays like the Nexus 7.

The processor has been upgraded to a 1.5GHz dual-core although the RAM stays the same at 1GB and onboard storage remains limited at 16GB. Latino Post notes the faster processor leads to a shorter battery life in this model - clocking in at 10 hours of mixed use versus the 11 hours of the previous generation.

While the display and specs have mostly remained the same, The Verge notes the Fire HD 2 has a much more pleasing design with its beveled edges and back-mounted controls. It is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The tablet measures in at 7.5" X 5.0" X 0.42" inches and weighs 345 grams (12.2 oz).

Unlike its HDX siblings, this Kindle does not offer the Mayday live tech support button as it does not have a forward facing camera or microphone. It does, however, give Amazon Prime members the ability to download Prime Instant Videos so members can watch movies without the need for internet access.

Despite its low cost, Latino Post notes that the tablet itself is “worse than its previous generation.” On the other hand, Technobuffalo mentions that the new design and emphasis on software to Amazon’s content makes this tablet “great.”


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
Good E-Reader

In the end, the Fire HD 2013 model is a solid entry level device that is not worth to upgrade if you have the 2012 model. If you have a two year old or older device this might be for you. I think the people who will benefit it the most are students on a budget, a Christmas gift, or for your mom.

- Michael Kozlowski, Good E-Reader
Cnet

The 2013 Kindle Fire HD works perfectly as an e-reader with a few extra tablet features

- Eric Franklin, Cnet
PhoneArena

Sure, its specs sheet is so last year, so it isn’t the fastest thing on the block. Plus, there isn’t any kind of camera on board with this, which kind of limits its functionality. However, once you’re able to overlook those two blatant concerns, what we have here is a tablet that a...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Fire HD 2's screen size is 7 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android) operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a battery.

Kindle Fire HD 2 Specs

Overview
Release date October 2, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 10 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 19.1 x 1.1 cm (5 x 7.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 345 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

An Android tablet with great price and specs, but its restricted access to Google's app store is a bit of a let down

from Tech Advisor

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

Read full review

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

A decent tablet which lacks apps and storage

from Tech Advisor

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

Read full review

The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.

Read full review

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Good E-Reader

The hardware overall is fairly ho-hum and the most compelling reason to buy this tablet is due to the extensive Amazon ecosystem

from Good E-Reader

In the end, the Fire HD 2013 model is a solid entry level device that is not worth to upgrade if you have the 2012 model. If you have a two year old or older device this might be for you. I think the people who will benefit it the most are students on a budget, a Christmas gift, or for your mom.

Read full review

In the end, the Fire HD 2013 model is a solid entry level device that is not worth to upgrade if you have the 2012 model. If you have a two year old or older device this might be for you. I think the people who will benefit it the most are students on a budget, a Christmas gift, or for your mom.

Read full review

Less

Cnet

An e-reader alternative with tablet extras

from Cnet

The appeal of the Kindle Fire HD will really depend on your needs and expectations. As a simple bare-bones tablet to read books on, stream movies, TV shows, and music, or surf the Web, it gets the job done. If you have a more demanding job for it, however, you'll want to set your sights higher.More

The appeal of the Kindle Fire HD will really depend on your needs and expectations. As a simple bare-bones tablet to read books on, stream movies, TV shows, and music, or surf the Web, it gets the job done. If you have a more demanding job for it, however, you'll want to set your sights higher.

First off, if you plan to store HD movies or TV shows, you'll want to look first at the 16GB version of the tablet. However, even then, you may still run into headaches. If you do a lot of traveling, but don't have constant access to Wi-Fi, and want to take your videos with you, the 32GB Fire HDX should be your first stop. It's $269, but if your needs match up, it's worth the extra money to avoid the headaches.

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PhoneArena

It offers a meaningful amount of value

from PhoneArena

Sure, its specs sheet is so last year, so it isn’t the fastest thing on the block. Plus, there isn’t any kind of camera on board with this, which kind of limits its functionality. However, once you’re able to overlook those two blatant concerns, wh...More

Sure, its specs sheet is so last year, so it isn’t the fastest thing on the block. Plus, there isn’t any kind of camera on board with this, which kind of limits its functionality. However, once you’re able to overlook those two blatant concerns, what we have here is a tablet that allows us to access and complete all the basic tasks we’d expect to find on any tablet. From sending out emails, surfing the web, and even streaming video via Amazon Instant Video, it can do nearly all the same things that the spiffier Amazon Kindle Fire HDX can do.

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