As the dust settles from Amazon’s special event, which included three new Kindle Fire tablets, a new Kindle e-reader and the launch of the Kindle Fire in the UK and Europe, it is time to look a little deeper into the new Kindle Fire HD and see how it stacks up against the competition. What unique features does it have and what is it missing?
Before looking at features it is important to look at the pricing. Not everyone is a millionaire and most of us have a budget. Pricing is a crucial factor when choosing a tablet and Amazon have aimed the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD directly at the Google Nexus 7. Both tablets start at $199 and have a model with more storage for $249. However the key bonus for the Kindle Fire HD 7 is that it comes with 16GB of internal storage for $199 and not 8GB like the Nexus 7. The bigger model has double that of the bigger Nexus 7 with the Kindle sporting 32GB while the biggest Nexus only holds 16GB. Another competitor is the newly announced Kobo Arc which is due to hit stores in November. Its pricing is similar to the Nexus 7 with 8GB costing $199.99 and the 16GB model setting you back $249.99.
Moving up to the bigger form factor, the Kindle HD 8.9 starts at $299 for 16GB while the 32GB model costs $369. It isn’t fair to compare this to the Nexus 7 but you can compare it to the iPad which starts at $399 for an iPad 2 or $499 for a ‘new iPad’. Both come with 16GB of flash storage.
Finally, the revamped Kindle Fire (non-HD) is priced at a jaw dropping $159 (£129 in the UK). That means you get a dual-core, 7 inch, 1024×600 Android tablet with IPS (in-plane switching which means better viewing angles) and 8GB of storage for $20 more than a Kindle Keyboard 3G… Impressive.
So clearly in terms of raw price, Amazon has done an incredible job and is the clear winner.
So the new Kindle Fire range is brilliantly priced, but what do you get for your money? The unique features of the Kindle Fire HD are:
So clearly the dual-core, 1280×800 Kindle Fire HD has a lot to offer, but what is missing:
The situation is basically this: if you need Google Play, GPS and NFC then don’t buy a Kindle Fire HD. Otherwise, considering the price and the 16GB/32GB of storage, the Kindle Fire looks like an excellent choice. Watch out for more in-depth reviews when the devices become available.
Which way will you go? Does the Kindle Fire HD look attractive to you?
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The Nexus 7 does not have any means to get an HDMI signal out. That´s a dealbreaker for many.
Yes HDMI is a plus for the Kindle Fire HD, good point.
cant you use the MHL cable? I thought you could.
No unfortunately not.
The preview videos show the UI to be extremely laggy. If if that is due to an early build of the OS, using it over stock 4.1 just won’t happen for me.
Top that off with the much larger and much more widely available content store, I choose the Nexus 7.
I wouldn’t buy the kindle because of the skin and the future updates and support that it won’t have like nexus
i think the kindle fire gets a look in because the base fire HD has more flash memory than the nexus 7 (16gb vs 8) guess google thought people needed NFC more than on board memory as everybody is living the cloud dream and the 16gig nexus is a total rip off 50 bucks for 8g flash is just ridiculous
Abir, Good point… With the Kindle Fire HD the extra 50 bucks get you 16GB!
I don’t get people being upset with lack of memory. Isn’t 16 gigs enough for a season or 2 of a show, a few good movies and lots of music.? I always saw a tablet as something to store some hours of entertainment, not everything a person digitally owns. That being said, I value the gps and front facing camera most. I just wish I had 3g and a better camera on my nexus 7 :-
I’d get it but I have to have Flash player and so this baby will have to be on my wish list, down the line.For now I’m going to get my android tablet and surf the web and watch videos for free on Hulu and Crackle.com.
The Kindle Fire HD *does* have Bluetooth (http://npc.me/Ow7PGA – look under the “Beautifully Simple” section – “Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity”).. as does the HD 8.9″.
Agree that a GPS would be nice.. don’t really care about NFC.
I have just checked with ifixit website, it shows the kindle fire hd has Broadcom BCM2076 Multifunction Monolithic IC with GPS and GLONASS AGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM Receiver/Transmitter, I am really confused………….does it has gps or not? anyone know?
it does have bluetooth apparently, my friend over in america has one :) xx