Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets: Quick Review Roundup

Posted by B. Johnson
January 19, 2015 | 0 comments
Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets: Quick Review Roundup Hi guys, welcome back to this site!

Amazon – as we all know already – has been doing pretty amazing around the tablet market in the past few years.

Its homemade Kindle Fire tablet series has become the center of attention especially in tablet reader category.

And that’s not so surprising given that this tablet series has been promoted aggressively by Amazon through its popular online store – either through ads, recommendations and even TV commercials.

The most amazing thing is, Kindle Fire tablets have been selling great on Amazon and in fact, have become the best selling item in electronic devices category.

The popularity of Kindle Fire tablets may not be on par with Apple iPad or Samsung GALAXY tablets, especially in the global tablet market, however, Amazon’s latest decision to start selling its Kindle Fire tablets outside the US could turn out to be the best way for this company to reach the success of Apple and Samsung all across the world – although i still have doubts about it.

Anyway, in this quick summary review, i’m gonna show you some of the Amazon’s tablets that i’ve already reviewed on this site – from the first-ever-gen Kindle Fire I, Kindle Fire HD and last but not least, Kindle Fire HDX series.

Amazon actually just released the new generation of Kindle Fire HDX just about few weeks ago.

But given that those new tablets haven’t been reviewed yet on this site, i’ll probably make some new updates on this page in the near future – of course, after i finished writing the reviews of these tablets.

Okay then, without further, here you go, my quick round up of all Amazon tablets that i have reviewed on this website.

Kindle Fire 1

Kindle Fire I is the first-generation touchscreen tablet ever released by Amazon.

The most amazing thing about this tablet is, despite being the first-gen tablet, there are many great reviews about this tablet.

Most reviews point out to how well this tablet perform even for gaming.

Not to mention, this Kindle Fire I also has an amazing battery life that many believe could survive in 8 hours of heavy use – probably thanks to its low-resolution display and less power-hungry processor, not to mention, simple UI.

And this is one of many great things that users really love from this tablet.

Besides its great long lasting battery life, this Kindle Fire I also has good gaming performance.

Okay, i know, its dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU may be already considered as outdated for today’s standards, however, for 2011-released tablet, there are many older games that run perfectly on this device - like Gangstar Rio, PES 2012, Dead Space and many other older titles.

However, of course, for the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 or GTA San Andreas, then it’s really obvious that this tablet will suffer a lot in performance.

And i don’t think this Kindle Fire I is capable to even open those heavy games – let alone play them smoothly -, due to its low 512MB of RAM.

But even so, what Kindle Fire I has to offer to tablet shoppers out there is still pretty great.

I mean, as a tablet reader, i think it’s really amazing how this low-grade tablet is capable to run some heavy 3D games and it could last really long even in heavy use.

So it’s great to see how Amazon has put a lot of thoughts when planning to make this tablet to consumers.

Kindle Fire I is not only great as a tablet reader, but it’s also outstanding for many things, like watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web or even playing games.

The only downsides found on this device are actually its lack of microSD card slot and cameras.

But if you’re only looking for a pure media-consumption tablet, this Kindle Fire I can still be a pretty good choice for you.

Unfortunately, given that this model is already considered as outdated, you will have a hard time to find this tablet around the tablet stores right now.

But you probably have much better luck if you search through Amazon or Ebay.

But if you ask me, I’ll definitely recommend you to switch your target to either Kindle Fire HD or HDX instead because they have much higher-grade specs and better design compared to this bulky old-fashioned Kindle Fire I.

Kindle Fire HD 7

Released in September 2012, Amazon brings a much improved Kindle Fire tablet. This one has a new series – or name if you would – called Kindle Fire HD.

Interestingly, it’s not one model that Amazon unveiled at the announcement, but 2 Kindle Fire HD tablets were released by this company – ranging from the smaller 7-inch model and the larger 8.9-inch model.

Through the larger 8.9-inch model, it’s pretty obvious that Amazon wants to steer people’s attention – especially tablet shoppers – from a larger 9.7-inch old-gen iPad to a slightly smaller 8.9-inch tablet.

Meanwhile, the 7-inch model of this series is also not to shabby at all.

It has a 7-inch display sporting the 720p resolution, a more powerful dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor clocked at 1.2GHz – as opposed to the TI OMAP dual-core 4470 on predecessor -, 1GB of RAM, 1.3MP front-facing camera and the same PowerVR SGX540 GPU – just like the one found on predecessor.

However, there are also many downsides “provided” on this tablet, like its lack of FM radio, GPS, Java, GPRS, EDGE and rear-facing camera.

And of course, there is no microSD card slot on this model – similar just like the previous-gen model.

But even so, Kindle Fire HD 7 is still a decent quality tablet.

It has much better design than predecessor, it has a much higher-resolution screen, a better UI and pretty much everything about this tablet is better than the first-gen Kindle Fire I.

This model actually has been upgraded by Amazon in 2013 with much higher-grade specs, along with the announcement of Kindle Fire HDX tablets.

So if you’re looking for a Kindle Fire tablet that is cheaper than HDX series, then this Kindle Fire HD 7 might be a great choice for you.

But of course, given that its PowerVR SGX540 GPU is already considered as outdated for today’s standards, then games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 4 might not perform really well on this device, especially in full graphics.

This is the reason why i recommend you to upgrade your choice to Kindle Fire HDX 7 given that this model is packing some monster specs under the hood, like Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p screen, Adreno 330 GPU and most definitely, a more powerful gaming performance.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Despite being in the same series with Kindle Fire HD 7, this Kindle Fire HD 8.9 actually has some bumped up specs here and there on its hardware.

First of all – as its name applies -, it has a larger 8.9-inch display sporting much higher-resolution 1080p screen (1920x1200 pixels), more powerful TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor and PowerVR SGX544 GPU – the same one found on iPhone 5 (if i’m not mistaken) and more powerful gaming performance than the 7-inch model.

Not to mention, it also has 4G LTE connectivity, which can be really handy for fast downloading process of movies, music, books or apps.

On the software standpoint, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is still similar with the 7-inch model.

In fact, this 8.9-inch tablet comes pre-installed with the same Amazon’s homemade Fire OS, which is based on Android OS.

So if you don’t mind using the simplified Android UI with some eliminated Android core features, then Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be a good choice for you.

It has a higher-resolution screen, great gaming performance, better design, better battery life and a simple-to-use UI.

However, if you love using the stock Android with all of its rich features and visual presentation, then you might want to switch to other tablets, like HP Slate 7 Extreme, HP Slate 7 Plus, Google Nexus 7 (2013) or probably Asus MemoPad 7HD.

Kindle Fire HDX 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7The latest series of Amazon’s homemade tablets is Kindle Fire HDX.

And similar just like the previous gen Kindle Fire HD, there are 2 tablet models released under this flag – the 7-inch version and the larger 8.9-inch variant.

One of the best things of these 2 tablets is, they both are armed with some monster specs under the hood.

And amazingly, Amazon is willing to price the smaller 7-inch variant for only $229, which is really cheap for a powerful tablet that has Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 and 1080p display.

The price of this tablet (when it was announced) was actually similar with the price that Google asking for its second-gen Google Nexus 7 (2013).

However, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 can be considered as more superior than Google’s tablet because its Snapdragon 800 processor is obviously more powerful than the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor embedded beneath the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 2However, despite all of its superior hardware, there are still some downsides found on this tablet. And those are – of course – the lack of microSD card slot and rear-facing camera.

But the good thing is, if you want to get this Kindle Fire HDX tablet with rear-facing camera, you can just switch your target to the 8.9-inch variant as this model is already equipped with 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash.

Kindle Fire HDX 7 still inherits some of the legacy of its predecessor, like its simplified Mojito UI which is based on Android OS.

This tablet comes pre-installed with Fire OS v3.0, bringing much improved UI and better design layout, especially with the content tabs that make it more easier for users to shop for contents/apps on Amazon ecosystem.

There is also simpler app drawer on the bottom that can be simply opened by sliding the homescreen.

With just $229, i think it’s really easy to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you‘re only looking for a simple-to-use media-consumption tablet that doesn’t require any complicated learning curve.

So Kindle Fire HDX 7 is definitely a perfect device for people who just want to enjoy media contents straight from Amazon.

It’s really simple to use, it’s really powerful, it has great gaming performance (thanks to Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM), it has good battery life and pretty much everything about this tablet is just great. No argue about that.

Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX

Besides the 7-inch model, Amazon also releases the larger more powerful 8.9-inch model. Compared to the smaller variant, this Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX offers something that cannot be found on the 7-inch model.

And that is the rear-facing camera, which is an 8MP that has LED flash on the back.

This actually can be quite tempting especially if you're into tablet photography.

The 7-inch model may be cheaper with that $229 price tag, but if you add more $50 to your budget, you can just grab the larger 8.9-inch model and get more goodies and better hardware.

As far as the performance goes, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX actually can be pretty similar with the 7-inch model as it’s equipped with the same Snapdragon 800 processor even with the same 2.2GHz clock speed, the same Adreno 330 GPU and the same huge 2GB of RAM.

So this tablet definitely screams on that sector perfectly.

However, given that this larger model brings much higher screen resolution (2560x1600 pixels), then its overall performance – especially when handling heavy intense tasks – probably won’t be as smooth and fast as the 7-inch model.

But the good thing is, Snapdragon 800 processor is actually more than adequate to handle display up to 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), so the performance of this tablet will be no doubt smooth and fast.

The other great thing about this 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is, based on what i’ve seen on many reviews, the display of this tablet amazingly manages to top all flagship tablets on the market in display benchmark tests.

And more impressively, even compared to iPad Air with Retina Display, the display of Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX is still more superior than Apple’s tablet.

Just like the 7-inch model, however, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX still doesn’t come with microSD card slot, although it now has a rear-facing camera.

So if you decide to buy this device, you must accept the fact that you won’t be able to expand the storage of this tablet in the near future.

So you must be really wise when using all the capacity that Amazon provides on this tablet.

Not to mention, given that this tablet comes pre-installed with simplified Android UI, there will be some limitations regarding the features of this device, compared to other regular Android tablets with stock Android UI.

Overall, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX is still a perfectly decent tablet, especially if you’re looking for a great all-around media-consumption tablet with some monster specs.

But if you don’t really need the rear-facing camera that much on this device, you can still switch to the cheaper 7-inch model as it has the same internals just like the 8.9-inch model, with the exception of the screen resolution of course.

Conclusion

Okay then, that’s all for now about Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

I actually just heard lately that Amazon just released the new-generation series of Kindle Fire HDX tablets, with the same Kindle Fire HDX name, but with much improved and more powerful specs.

So if you want to know more about those new tablets, you can just bookmark this page for further updates, of course after i finished writing the reviews of these tablets in the future.

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