Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet – At an affordable price for families on a tight budget.

Amazon's new range of Kindle Fire HD tablets is aimed towards families as we head into Christmas purchase season.

Kindle Fire is available in two size’s that is the 6-inch and 7-inch.  Also comes in five lovely colours. They are white, black, citron, cobalt and magenta.  The Fire HD unit also features a 252 ppi high-definition display.  This screen is actually is more vibrant and far brighter than the previous Kindle.

The tablet is fitted with a front-facing camera for video chat.  Also a rear-facing camera for taking normal photos of the family and making videos.  Dolby Digital Plus audio is great for ensuring crisp and clear sound without distortion.

At it’s core the Fire has a 1.5 GHz processor.  This processor is powerful enough to run most graphically-intensive mobile games and runs the Amazon's Fire OS 4 'Sangria' operating systems.  It’s 2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HDs for quicker apps and smooth videos

This system is a modified version of Google's Android operating system.  The drawback is that Kindle Fire is not compatible with Google Play.  However users of the Kindle Fire can still access over 30 million movies and TV shows. Books. Songs Apps via the extensive Amazon app store including Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft, and more.

Key Features

Feature 1 - Profiles

This allows each family member to set up their own profile, including individual email, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also set a page in a book, a position in a movie and different game levels.

Feature 2 – Family Library

This links your Amazon account to that of your wife, husband or young adult so you can share apps, games, books and also Video (instant) content within your family without the pain of changing accounts.

Feature 3 – Storage

No more worrying about storage space you are now able to get free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire devices

Feature 4 – Front and rear camera

Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera

Design, Build Quality and potential issues

The design I rate as okay compared with some of the tablets on the market today.  The plastic casing may look a bit cheap but it is clearly designed for durability which is smart when these things are dropped by accident and can be damaged.

One clear problem is that the device of this small size does not have calling and texting capabilities.  But may be, if the aim is to get away from the “pesky” boss who calls you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week then the HD Fire is a great device.

Battery gives you up to 8 hours of reading without a recharge, so that‘s excellent.


Prices at         US$89.99 including delivery for the 8-inch version and

US$149 including delivery for the 10-inch version then that is good value.


In short, this is a great family device, delivering up to 8 hours of reading, listening to music, watching video and browsing the web in one small device.  Excellent technology from Amazon.