Kindle Fire HDX 7 Review (Discontinued)

When we compare the Kindle Fire Fire HDX 7 to the Fire HD 6 and HD 7 we find that the differences go beyond the names and prices.  We will look at these differences below to help anyone  interested in buying a tablet whether they should buy the Kindle Fire HDX in South Africa.

Design

Does size really matter? Though the design is essentially the same; let’s look at the key differences.  Unlike the Fire HD6, the Kindle Fire HDX has a 7 inch screen.  However, the Kindle Fire HDX also differs from the HD7 because it features a higher resolution screen.  The Kindle Fire HDX has a stunning 323 pixel-per-inch HD display compared to 216ppi of the Fire HD7 and 252ppi of the HD6. This is extreme high definition with perfect colour accuracy.

With the display packing a massive punch, the image contrast also changes dynamically to suit the lighting conditions of your surroundings. This sounds space-aged but in essence it makes it easier to see the image display indoors or outdoors.  In our opinion, anyone who is interested and looking for a better quality of picture when watching movies or playing games and can afford to spend a little extra should definitely opt for the Kindle Fire HDX over the HD7.

Features

The features of the HDX 7 is another aspect which justifies the price difference between the Kindle Fire models.  Instead of two cameras, the HDX has a very decent and powerful 720p HD camera at the front.  While it might seem beneficial to have a tablet with more than one camera rather than a tablet with just one; the single camera that the Kindle Fire HDX has is perfect to Skype with friends in superior quality.

Performance

The biggest differences between the Fire tablets come from the performance of the devices.  Rather than having a 1.5 GHz processor as seen on the two Fire models, the HDX 7 uses the more powerful and faster 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. Some may consider that processing power better and faster than your average household desktop.  In addition, it also runs on a single charge for up to 11 hours, which is a major increase compared to the 8 hours of the other two models.  Significantly though, whereas the HD6 and HD7 only offer 8GB of memory, the HDX is available in three different memory sizes – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.  Though it sounds impressive, it is important to note that the price obviously increases as the memory size increases. The Fire HDX comes with Fire OS 3.0 Mojito, the android based operating system.  This gives users cloud services, built-in media libraries, productivity apps, better integration of Amazon’s digital content and so much more. The 1-Tap Archive for instance, enables users to free up their space by displaying items they haven’t use for a while and giving them the option to tap once and move them to the cloud.

Usability

Always keep in mind that Amazon’s could services such as Fire TV, Amazon Prime Instant Movies & TV are not available to customers in South Africa. The good news is that there is a way to access all these features by making use of a proxy / VPN. We don’t advocate it but you can read this article on Tech Central which explains it in more detail: How to get Netflix and Hula in SA

Value

Value for money is more than just the price of something, as we have seen from the three reviews of the all new Kindle Fire Tablets.  There is a big difference in price between the HD6 and the HD7, but buying a cheaper model is not necessarily the best option for someone who needs more storage, faster processing and better image quality.  Therefore, it is important to consider take all your requirements into account and compare it with what you can afford.  If you are looking for that state of the art Kindle experience and money is not a factor; we would definitely recommend the Kindle Fire HDX

8.8 Total Score
Superb Quality!

Design & Usability
9
Features
9
Performance
9
Value
8
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