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Kindle Fire HD review

7.6/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Kindle Fire HD currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a new and improved version of the original Kindle Fire, and as its name suggests, comes fitted with a high-definition screen. The display is 7 inches across with native 1280x800 resolution and is comfortably sized for navigating the menus and apps of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Apart from its upgraded screen and software, there are a number of other improvements from its predecessor. Most notable perhaps a the built-in 1 megapixel camera on the front, which with a few minor tweaks, can be used to record videos. Other features include HDMI-out, Bluetooth, and of course Wi-Fi connectivity. Battery life is rated at 11 continuous hours of reading time per charge, enough for most people.

Its clear the Fire HD is not designed for high end device aficionados. Rather, it's a no-frills mobile computer that serves as a portal to Amazon's catalog of books, movies and music. We can't argue that its a great buy for those of you using Amazon's services extensively or for those wanting an affordable entertainment device. There are however more versatile tablets available in the same price range such as Google's Nexus 7.

Need to Know: Amazon Kindle Fire HD

1. High-resolution 1280x800 7-inch IPS touchscreen display helps make the most of default software. (The Good)

2. Default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

3. Users will not be able to upgrade to later versions of Android (i.e. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). (The Bad)

4. Provides less value for money than other notable 7-inch Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...

Know Your Mobile

Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is a mixed bag of tricks. It looks great, is very cost-effective, and generally performs adequately at most tasks. For us though the UI was just too busy – it tries to do too much and doesn’t deliver a very coherent experience.It’s also far too focused on getting you to b...

- Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile

If you’re deeply invested in the Amazon universe for content, this device is the best content delivery system you’re going to be able to buy today. It’s the biggest tablet Amazon makes at the moment and gives you access to all of your Amazon-held content in high definition, top to...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
What Hi-Fi

The Kindle Fire HD definitely hits more than it misses. The tablet offers good value and a pleasing user experience so it’s definitely worth an audition, even with the iPad mini and Nexus 7 as serious rivals.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
Android Central

If you're after a 7in tablet that's very easy to use, you don't need GPS and don't want to stretch your budget to £200, the Kindle Fire HD is a good buy. However, although Google's Nexus 7 has half the storage for the same price, it's more versatile and has a better range of apps and games and...

- Jim Martin, Android Central
The Inquirer

Amazon's tablet is a great buy for Kindle fans, has some handy features for business users and is certainly well-priced. But it's let down by sluggish performance and an unintuitive interface.

- Madeline Bennett, The Inquirer

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Screen Size

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

1.2 GHz

There is a Dual-core OMAP4460 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4400 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire HD Specs

Release date September 14, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Dual-core OMAP4460 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 11 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 13.7 x 1.0 cm (7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 395 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 Touchscreen
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 No
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire HD 7"

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