Aside from a few hardware upgrades and a different look, Amazon’s revamped version of the original Kindle Fire isn’t really that much better than the first one. It might be a good choice if you’re a voracious consumer of Amazon’s content — but if not, we suggest shopping around.
The tablet boasts a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution IPS LCD touchscreen (same as Google’s Nexus 7), 16GB or 32GB of internal flash storage, a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, a webcam, and 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi connectivity. Despite these improved hardware specs, the new Kindle wasn’t as fast or responsive as we thought it should be. Buttons and menus seemed to take an extra tick to load, and it just didn’t feel as snappy as it should.
On the plus side, however, Amazon’s inclusion of dual Dolby Digital Plus speakers score it a few redeeming points. We really enjoyed the sound this thing can put out. However, while our ears were pleased, our eyes were not. The lock screen ads on the tablet were a major point of annoyance.
For more details on the pros and cons of the Kindle Fire HD, head over to our Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 review.