Bar the screen size, there is not a lot of difference Kindle Fire HD 7 and the HD6. In this review we hope to help anyone struggling over the decision of whether to buy a Kindle Fire HD 7 or any of the other Fire tablets in South Africa.
Design & Performance
When you hold the Fire HD 7 it feels light and comfortable. A tad bit bigger than the HD 6 it feels sturdy and definitely not cheap. The power and volume buttons are located at the top of the device right next to earphone jack. Looking at it from the front there is not an obtrusive element in site. Remarkably, for the low price of $154 at Amazon.com, the design is clean and sleek and oozes quality. At only 345g the 7-inch model is just 14g heavier than the iPad mini however it wins hands-down on price.
As with the Fire HD 6 this tablet has VGA front-facing camera and rear facing camera which can capture video in full 1080p HD, perfect for skype or recording your next YouTube hit. The Fire HD range are all powered by the same quad-core processor of up to 1.5 GHz. Both can run on a single battery charge for around 8 hours, depending on how the device is used. It’s 216 ppi / 1280×800 screen is more than adequate to watch movies, photos and games but the lowest pixels per inch in the Kindle Fire HD range. It is also slightly heavier than its more expensive HDX brother but only by 34grams.
The Kindle Fire HD 7 is a great value tablet especially if you’re looking for something a little bigger than the HD 6 model. At $154.00 directly from Amazon it is a real steal. If you are a first-time tablet buyer, where price vs. value is a key consideration, or if you are looking for an affordable tablet which the kids play with, we’d recommend either one of the Kindle Fire HD tablets instead of the more expensive HDX versions.