Anyone would think Amazon would be content leading the e-reader market without competing with Apple in the tablet market. However, Amazon obviously saw things differently and 4 years after the release of the first Kindle, they introduced the Kindle Fire Tablet. The Kindle Fire not only gave users the ability to download and read books, but also music and videos too.
At the moment there are three different Fire models available – the Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7 and Fire HDX 7, and all three of these are reviewed on our site. On this page we will be reviewing and discussing who and why you should consider to buy the Kindle Fire HD 6 in South Africa. As all three versions of the new Fire have very similar qualities, we will be referring and comparing each of them against one another.
In terms of design, though it is approximately the same size as the Kindle, the Kindle Fire HD 6 is actually a lot heavier than the e-reader. This is a good thing as it makes it feel more substantial and that the extra money it costs is worth it. It has fantastic screen resolution and although it does not perform as well as a Kindle e-reader in direct sunlight, it displays video, photos and content in nice bright and sharp colour. As you can gauge from the name, one the major differences between Fire HD6 and the two more expensive Fire tablets is the screen size, with the others having 7” screens instead of 6”.
The Kindle Fire HD 6 like all the Fire Tablet family is ready to use out of the box and does not need to be plugged into a computer or anything else to download content. The Fire HD 6 sports a VGA Front-facing Camera and 2.0 MP rear-facing HD camera. It sports a brand new operating systems called Fire OS 4 Sangria. Although it is not massively different to the previous Mojito OS, it does improve the battery life and makes sharing the tablet with family and friends easier. The Fire HD line does not have the turbo-charges software which can be found on the HDX tablets but the majority of features from the top of the range line can be found on the Fire HD 6, too.
Performance wise, the Fire HD 6 runs as well as expected for a modern, Amazon product. The Amazon Fire HD 6 has a ARM Cortex-A15 1.21GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Both HD models are powered by a quad core processor of up to 1.5 GHz, which although that has been beefed up to a 2.2 GHz for the Fire HDX, it still gives the device enough oomph for the casual user. As a standard, the exception again being the Fire HDX, the Tablet Fire HD 6 and 7 both offer a maximum of 8 hours usage. This number depends heavily on how it is used of course. All models come standard with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope which is great.
If there is one thing that all Amazon products share in common, regardless of whether they are just e-readers or like this tablet; they are all very easy to use and designed with the end user in mind. The same is very true of the Fire HD6 – it really does run like a dream and has various additional features that make using it even more fun.
When looking at the Fire HD 6 prices in South Africa; it is important to compare it with the other models to see if it is right tablet for your needs. We consider it a great tablet! However, as you’ll will see in the reviews of the other 2 models, if you require something a little juicier in terms of processing power, the Fire HD 6 may be overlooked. To us, buying this tablet directly from Amazon for only $114.00 / R1250.00 ** it is an absolute steal!
** correct at time of writing