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Post  erwannur on 12th December 2012, 09:58

Introduction You wait a year for an Amazon Kindle Fire
(see our Kindle Fire review) to make its way to the UK, then two come along at once, with
the greatly enhanced Amazon Kindle Fire HD
arriving at the same time as its predecessor. We'll say this from the off: now that the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD is here, the original
Kindle Fire seems somewhat surplus to
requirement. Far more interesting, though, is the intense
external rivalry presented by the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. Starting from just £159, and offering a 7-inch
HD display and a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD appears to offer
great value for money. But it also needs to offer a stand-alone tablet
experience that's capable of matching - or
even surpassing - its illustrious rivals. Best cheap tablets 2012: top budget
options The Amazon Kindle Fire HD certainly matches
the Nexus 7 in terms of price and raw
hardware, and it comfortably trumps the
iPad mini on price and screen resolution. But, as we've come to realise, Apple's
dominance in the tablet market has been
built on strong design, coupled with a
peerless content ecosystem and a super-slick
UI. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD may be cheap,
but ultimately it will still need to embrace all
three of these key elements if it's to succeed. If you still think of Amazon Kindles as those
little monochrome holiday companions, then
you should know that the Amazon Kindle Fire
HD is a completely different beast. Rather than focusing on the very specific job
of downloading and reading electronic books,
this is an all-purpose tablet that acts as a
window onto Amazon's wider multimedia
world - films, music, apps and games are all
included in the Kindle Fire HD's remit. With that in mind, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD
is a much simpler, purer design than the
original Kindle. The emphasis here is on the screen first and
foremost, with the only hardware controls
coming in the shape of some weedy and
difficult-to-locate volume and power buttons
on top of the device, right alongside its
3.5mm headphone jack. The lack of a fixed home key adds to that
minimalistic vibe (we'll discuss the effect that
has on usability later). The only detail on the
front of the device is a 1.3-megapixel camera
for video calls - there's no rear-mounted
camera here. Despite that impossibly cheap price point, the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD doesn't feel like a
cheap device. It's solid in the hand, with none
of the creak you find in many budget Android
tablets. There's a nice contrast between the Amazon
Kindle Fire HD's smooth, glass front and its
grippy matte back. It's quietly pleasing from
a tactile perspective, even though it lacks the
sheer machined precision and premium feel
of Apple's tablets. While Apple has opted for a super-slim bezel
for its iPad mini - partly to facilitate that
wider 7.9-inch display - Amazon has been
more generous with its own offering. Indeed, the thick border around the smaller
7-inch screen brings it closer to the full-sized
iPad in design than its miniature brother. We like this approach from a purely practical
perspective (it actually makes it look a little
chubby, if we're honest). It's still comfier to hold the Amazon Kindle
Fire between your thumb and fingers than it
is to rest it in the span of your hand, even
when held in portrait view. Of course, that's
partly because it's slightly chunky for its size
- at 395g it's almost 90g heavier than the iPad mini. One area in which Amazon would hope to
gain a big advantage with the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD over its rivals is with its display. As
we've mentioned, we're talking about a 7-
incher here, but it's the quality of that screen
that's causing Amazon to boast. The company claims that the display features a polarising filter and anti-
glare technology, which apparently boosts
colour and contrast, as well as improving
viewing angles. Despite such claims - not to mention early
positive reports from the US - we have to
admit to being slightly underwhelmed by our
initial experience with the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD display. It seems distinctly yellow to
our eyes. Of course, it could just be that we've been
conditioned by Apple's slightly cooler, bluer
high-definition displays. Indeed, once your eyes have grown
accustomed to its warmer hue, you'll no
doubt begin to appreciate the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD display's more naturalistic colour
contrast - particularly when viewing video
content. It's certainly richer than the somewhat washed-out and dim Nexus 7
screen. That's only half the story with the Kindle Fire
HD display, too. The clue is in the name - that
7-inch display is sharp. It's high-definition-
sharp. In fact, with a resolution of 1280x800
and a pixel density of 216ppi, it's
considerably sharper than the iPad mini equivalent. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review This isn't particularly apparent within the
main Kindle Fire interface, but it certainly
bears fruit when reading a book or browsing
the internet, where small text remains clear
and eminently readable. This display is powered by a capable 1.2GHz
dual-core TI OMAP 4460 CPU. While this is far
from the most powerful processor on the
market, it is very well balanced and
certainly doesn't come up short when faced
with demanding tasks like high-definition video and 3D games. One final piece of hardware-related info we
really must cover is the Amazon Kindle Fire
HD's impressive speakers. Positioned on
either side of the device (if you're holding it
in landscape), they're surprisingly punchy,
given their size. They really do crank out some respectable
stereo sound - both in terms of volume and
clarity. Naturally, we'd recommend using earphones
whenever possible, but for those times
where you're just following a quick email
link to a YouTube video, they're more than
adequate. Interface and performance Amazon is taking a completely different
approach to interface design with its Kindle
Fire HD. While its competitors, the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, present the equivalent of a computer desktop filled with app icons and
widgets, the Kindle Fire HD is all about the
content. The Kindle Fire HD pushes the consumption of
media content first and foremost, so when
you boot the device up you'll be confronted
by a large, horizontal scrolling list of your
most-recently accessed apps, books and
music. For the first-time user, it's arguably the most
accessible tablet OS yet - just swipe left and
right to get to the book or the album you
started listening to on the previous evening.
Simple. It feels a little like 'my first tablet,' in a way,
which is a bit of a double-edged sword. If
you're a slightly more advanced user who
wants to use the Amazon Kindle Fire for
more general tasks, this is a distinctly sub-
standard experience. Tasks that would be considered core on any
other tablet - not just the iPad mini and
Nexus 7 - such as email, contacts and
calendar, are all relegated to the tiny apps
menu located on top of the main content
interface. It's only an extra tap away, but the way
these fundamental utilities have been
bundled together, almost as an afterthought,
seems like a bit of a miscalculation on
Amazon's part. Of course, if you've used any of these major
apps recently they'll appear in the main
content list, but its constantly shifting nature
means that you'll rarely be able to lay your
finger on, say, email instinctively. Below the main content bar you get a smaller carousel of context-
sensitive icons running parallel to it. As you
scroll through the main items, this will shift
accordingly. So, for example, when you highlight a film
you'll be presented with films that other
Amazon customers who viewed it also
bought or watched through the video hub. Apps work the same way, providing related
recommendations. If you've been using the web, meanwhile,
the lower carousel will give you a list of
trending websites - usually news sources
like the BBC and The Mail Online. If you highlight the email app, you'll be
presented with shortcuts to creating a new
message, examining your schedule or
bringing up your favourite contacts. As with the rest of the Amazon Kindle Fire
HD interface, this works great for those who
want to skim the surface, dipping in and out
of content and taking the odd natural
diversion. It's a very focused approach, but it doesn't
really facilitate deeper discovery. At least
this simplified UI is relatively slick and
responsive. It stands in stark contrast to the various
store screens through which you purchase
your apps, your books and your music, as
well as the Lovefilm-associated video
streaming. All of these are painfully slow, loading in
updated content icons like they're coming
over a 56k modem. We exaggerate, of course, but the contrast
between the offline and online elements is a
bit jarring given Amazon's attempts at a
seamless experience. Of course, going into iTunes on your iPad
mini can be similarly sluggish, but that's just
a single app standing separately from an
extremely responsive UI. Going into these separate sections of the
Kindle Fire HD interface away from the main
hub reveal a persistent navigation bar along
the bottom of the screen in portrait, or along
the right-hand side in landscape. This features a rather counter-intuitively-
placed virtual home key to the left/bottom,
with the back button placed centrally and a
favourites button to the right/top
respectively. The favourites command remains present even on the home screen,
and grants fast access to selected apps,
which can be added individually by pressing
and holding on their icon from the main
carousel or within the apps menu. This helps with the above navigation issues
somewhat, and represents an all-too-rare
means of personalisation on the Kindle Fire
HD interface. More commands flesh out the navigation bar
according to the section you're in. It's common to find a search command for
pinpoint navigation of music, apps and so on,
while these also offer a central menu
command that provides access to settings,
help and the like. One fairly major aspect of the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD interface that's missing is
multitasking. You might argue that this is a minor aspect of
any modern tablet, but the minute you find
yourself wanting to copy the name of an
item from the custom Amazon store app
(which works in much the same way as
copying and pasting on an iPad) and paste into a web field, you'll realise what an
irritating omission it is. Internet and email Internet Amazon has made quite a song and a dance
about the Amazon Kindle Fire HD's Silk web
browser. The big deal here, apparently, is that it uses
Amazon's servers to perform much of the
grunt work, speeding up the web browsing
experience considerably. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review That's the theory. In practice, we can't say
we really noticed. That's not to say it's slow -
it's just not noticeably snappier in general
browsing conditions than its competition. Still, as a stand-alone web browsing
experience, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is
pretty pleasurable to use. It adopts the by-now-standard ability to add
and flip between multiple tabs along the top
of the screen, and there's a familiar
universal search/address bar below that. We especially like the implementation of the
'glasses' button for each tab, which acts like
Apple's Reading List feature in Safari in the
way it quickly renders web pages in a
simplified, easy-to-read and full-screen
format. If anything, we prefer Amazon's more
cohesive implementation. There's a bookmark facility here, as you'd
expect, but as with many of the Amazon
Kindle Fire HD's UI elements it feels a little
buried and unclear compared to its
established rivals. Rather than a clear menu button for
bookmarked web pages, or a clear lists of
bookmarks as soon as you open a new tab,
here you have to open a new tab and then
select the Bookmarks option to see your
favourite websites. The default Starter category here shows a
scrolling list of your most visited web pages,
as well as trending and featured web pages,
but none really gets you to your favoured
web content as well as a good bookmarks
page - and that's always a further touch away. Still, overall we have to say that web
browsing on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is up
there with its rivals in terms of speed and
tidiness. Email Email on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is
similarly intuitive and more or less on a par
with its compact tablet rivals. The set-up process offers you the usual
choice of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and Exchange
accounts, as well as AOL and an option for
other providers. Setting up a Gmail account, we were pleased
to see our contacts' profile pictures
appearing alongside their name when adding
them to the 'To' field. The email interface itself should be familiar
to anyone who's used an iPad or an Android
tablet before. Along the left you have a list of emails, while
the larger right-hand side of the screen (in
landscape) offers an instant preview of the
highlighted email. In portrait view only one of these split
functions is shown at a time, but it's better
for reading lengthy emails. Typing out new emails, meanwhile, is made
easy by a decent keyboard that feels very
similar to the iPad range's. As that's still the
most intuitive and reliable virtual keyboard
on the market, it's a good example to follow. Sure enough, typing here is fluid and
relatively error-free. There's also an
unobtrusive word prediction feature that
offers a constantly updating list of three
word suggestions - something Nexus 7 users will be well familiar with, but that iPad mini users have to go without. Movies, music and books Having read this far, you're probably
expecting the Amazon Kindle Fire HD to be
pretty hot (pun intended) when it comes to
accessing and experiencing media. And you'd
be right. Movies, music and books are the Amazon
Kindle Fire HD's raison d'être - or rather,
Amazon movies, music and books are. We'll
go into precisely what we mean by that in a
moment. Everything here is geared around purchasing
media content from Amazon's vast library,
and you won't hear any complaints of
restrictiveness from us. No one can match the big 'A' for sheer range
- not even that other big 'A,' Apple. From the main menu, books, music and
videos get their own categories along the
top, and tapping on one takes you through to
the relevant part of the Amazon store. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review If you're a Lovefilm customer, you get access
to a bunch of films and TV shows which can
be streamed to your tablet at no extra cost. If you're not a Lovefilm customer, you get a
month's free trial to see if you like the
offering. It's a good way to find out if you're willing to
pay for the service because, while there's a
good spread of films and they all stream
nicely (especially those with an HD option),
it's far from comprehensive. We in the UK don't have access to Amazon
Instant Video yet, which allows you to pay
for more current movie rentals or even full
ownership, and download them as you
would a music track or book. That's a bit of a weakness with the wider
Amazon UK service, rather than the Amazon
Kindle Fire HD itself. We do like the integration with IMDb for the Lovefilm streams, though,
which provides an overlay called X-Ray
detailing the actors while the film plays. The music tab acts slightly differently to the
video one, in that it doesn't take you straight
to the Amazon store. Rather, it takes you first to your own music
library, incorporating both your music stored
in the Amazon Cloud and the music that's
stored locally on your Amazon Kindle Fire
HD. The Store can be accessed from this library
page, and this most certainly is
comprehensive - or at least as
comprehensive as any one MP3 market can
be. Purchasing tracks is extremely easy, with
Amazon's One-Click service encouraged early
on. Sound quality, too, is decent, provided
you have a decent pair of headphones to
hand.Amazon Kindle Fire HD review Books, as you'd expect, are extremely well
supported on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. You essentially have the whole Kindle
ecosystem at your fingertips. Books are
presented in the same way as music, in that
you access the store through your own
collection page. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review While the reading experience itself isn't as
good as on a pure Kindle device - that bright
screen makes for some sore eyes after a
while - it is very accomplished in short spells
thanks to that crisp HD screen. It's also much nicer browsing in full colour,
where you can see each book's cover art in
all its glory. We also like the facility to 'borrow' one book
each month when signed up to Amazon
Prime. The Kindle Fire HD's all-colour HD screen also
has obvious benefits when it comes to
accessing Amazon's growing comic book
library. At the time of writing, there are almost
1,000 comic books with the customised
Kindle Panel View - a nifty facility that
displays comic books full-screen and with the
ability to hone in on individual panels with a
double-tap. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review So, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a bit of a
wizard when it comes to funneling the
company's own online media content to your
eyes and ears. But how about when it comes to installing
your own content from outside the Amazon
ecosystem? While we've offered some criticism on the
relative lack of customisation with the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD, it surprisingly
doesn't get in your way when it comes to
installing your own video and music content. The Amazon Kindle Fire OS is actually built on Android 4.0. It's been heavily modified, yes, but its
slightly more open, nerdy nature shines
through when you plug the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD into your computer. Once you do so (and download the Android
File Transfer program if you're a Mac user),
adding media is a simple case of dragging
and dropping onto the Amazon Kindle Fire HD
file - it's effectively treated as an external
hard drive. It's a little odd when stacked up against the
heavily curated experience elsewhere, but it
gives you a quick and easy way to get your
non-Amazon media onto the Kindle Fire HD. Watch out for those file sizes, though, if you
opted for the 16GB model. It'll fill up in no
time once you're away from the capacious
qualities of the cloud. Apps and games There's one glaring weakness in Amazon's
vast media ecosystem. One area in which
this digital giant bows down to both Apple
and Google. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review When it comes to apps, the Amazon Kindle
Fire HD is sorely lacking. Amazon tried to
head this issue off more than 18 months ago
when it introduced the Amazon Appstore to
our US cousins, but even with all of its work
it still finds itself well short for the UK launch. While many of the major players are
present, such as Facebook, Flipboard and
Evernote, there are also some major
omissions. We thought Dropbox was available pretty
much everywhere - it's one of the main
reasons the cloud-storage tool is so popular -
but you have to download it directly from
Dropbox if you want it on your Amazon
Kindle Fire HD. What is this, a Blackberry Playbook? In fairness, though, the very fact that you
can side-load non-official apps on to the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD in this way is another
sign of the device's hidden Android legacy,
and adds another welcome dash of flexibility
to the otherwise-rigid Amazon interface. The games offering, too, is distinctly sub-
standard. Amazon Kindle Fire HD review Amazon has worked hard to get certain
timed exclusives over the much larger
Google Play store, and, as with the apps,
there are a number of big hitters here. Angry Birds Star Wars, Temple Run, Plants
vs Zombies, Jetpack Joyride - all present and
accounted for. For every game that's here, though, there
are several that aren't. Obviously Apple
reigns supreme when it comes to mobile
gaming, but even compared to the
frequently-derided (though vastly improved) Google Play store, this is a little barren on the gaming front. We have Need For Speed Most Wanted here,
but where are Real Racing 2 and Draw Race
2? The Amazon Appstore has Temple Run, but
where are Agent Dash and Whale Trail?
Where's mega-gaming-experiment-of-the-
moment Curiosity? In terms of how those games that are
present perform, the Amazon Kindle Fire's
1.2GHz dual-core CPU is more than adequate
for casual time wasters like Cut The Rope
and Angry Birds. However, we were also impressed with
how it handled meatier 3D fare like Dead
Space. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a more than
capable gaming device, then - it's just a
shame there aren't more games to enjoy on
it. In all of this we have to wonder why
Amazon didn't just allow access to the Google
Play store. Especially when you realise what
a sluggish, difficult-to-navigate mess the
Amazon Appstore is. It's bizarre when you consider that the
custom stores for music, videos and books
are quite pleasant to use, if still a little slow. When it comes to pre-installed apps, it's
equally slim pickings. Aside from the mentioned email, calendar
and contacts apps, Amazon has included IMDb
(which, as we've said, integrates nicely with
video). There's also a version of Skype to take
advantage of that front-facing camera, as
well as OfficeSuite for viewing MS Office files. Arguably, the biggest omission here is a
complete lack of mapping. Again, why
Amazon didn't compromise a little and adopt
Google's ready-made Maps app we're not
sure. It's a mapping misstep of Apple
proportions - although at least Apple tried to offer an alternative. Battery and connectivity Amazon claims that the Amazon Kindle Fire
HD is good for 11 hours of use in between
charges, and everything we've experienced
in our hands-on time suggests that they're
about right. With the screen cranked up to full brightness
and in heavy usage (video watching, gaming
and web browsing) we came in a little short
of double figures, but it's still very
respectable and in line with its big rival, the iPad mini. After playing our standard self-installed test
movie, which is 720p and one hour and thirty
minutes long, with the screen brightness
cranked up to full and Wi-Fi and notifications
on, we were left with more than 80 per cent
battery life in the tank. Not bad at all. Arguably of more interest when it comes to
battery life is Amazon's decision to omit a
mains charger from the package. You get a
USB lead, which will charge the tablet
through your computer or a generic USB
mains adapter, but it's an odd omission nonetheless. Instead, Amazon is pushing its PowerFast adapter, which is currently retailing for £17.99 on Amazon. That's a bit steep, but it does promise to fully
charge your Amazon Kindle Fire HD in less
than four hours. Of course, that's no quicker
than the iPad mini, despite both having a
capacity of 4,400 mAh. Connectivity The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is Wi-Fi-only, so
you won't be able to carry it around and take
advantage of 3G connectivity. Still, with
tablets that's far less of an issue for most
users. Besides which, Amazon claims that the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD's Wi-Fi is superior to
its rivals, utilising a dual-antenna system and
MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) technology to
boost Wi-Fi speeds. This approach effectively increases the
amount of bandwidth in the link between
your tablet and your Wi-Fi hotspot, as well
as improving stability. Both are good things to have in a device
that's so reliant on internet connectivity, and
we can confirm that our connection didn't
drop in the slightest, regardless of where we
were in the house. In practice, though, that supposed extra Wi-Fi
speed really isn't noticeable. We tried downloading a number of large
email files on our Amazon Kindle Fire HD and
then did the same on our third-generation
iPad, but couldn't see any difference. In fact, the iPad seemed to process the files
(if not download them) faster overall. Amazon can pack its tablets with super-fast
Wi-Fi if it wishes, but it's no substitute for a
slick OS working well with its processor. Outside of this, the Amazon Kindle fire comes
with a microUSB and a microHDMI port for
outputting your video content directly to
your HDTV. It also comes with Bluetooth for use with
speakers, keyboard and other wireless
peripherals. There's no microSD card slot. Hands on gallery Amazon Kindle Fire HD review Verdict The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is an excellent
value tablet for the solid, capable hardware
you're getting. But you need to think carefully about what
you want from a tablet and what the
alternatives are before deciding upon a
purchase. If you're heavily invested in the Amazon
ecosystem, with hundreds of books and MP3
tracks stored in your digital Amazon locker
and a Lovefilm account waiting to stream
movies to you; and if your day isn't complete
without a bout of virtual window shopping on the vast Amazon website and you want
an instant mainline to all those bargains - this
could be for you. 10 best tablet PCs in the world today If your main wish is for a device that pulls all
these elements together in a highly-funneled
interface, and other common tablet tasks
such as email, web browsing gaming and
mapping are distant secondary concerns,
then the Amazon Kindle Fire HD provides everything you want and most of the things
you need. Unfortunately, those are some pretty big ifs.
The Google Nexus 7 is a far more balanced tablet, offering the same kind of 7-inch
hardware for the same kind of price - but
with the infinitely more flexible stock
Android OS and a far superior app store. Meanwhile, we have Apple's iPad mini, which might not have the high-definition display or
impuls-buy-territory price tag, but cruises
into a commanding position on the back of
Apple's typical design and app ecosystem
mastery. We liked The Amazon Kindle Fire
HD's user interface is
very beginner-friendly
and offers something
genuinely new over its
rivals. In terms of hardware,
its display (while a
little on the yellow
side) is sharp and ideally suited to movie
watching, the stereo speakers are suitably
punchy, and the device's 1.2GHz dual-core CPU drives apps, games and HD video along
very well. All for a bargain price. Access to the formidable Amazon ecosystem
is the Amazon Kindle Fire HD's main strength,
however, and there's no arguing with the
sheer range of, or easy access to, movie,
music and book content. We disliked The interface, while
intuitive, is restrictive,
making standard tablet
activities like email
needlessly tough to
access. Other major tablet tools like
multitasking and
mapping are just plain
missing. This interface also feels
sluggish when
accessing any of the online Amazon store
sections, making one question the wisdom of
pushing quite so much to the cloud at this
point. While Amazon is great for most media
content, it's comes in a distant third place for
apps and games. Verdict Unusually, given its populist design
philosophy, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a
bit of a niche product, aimed at those who
feel intimidated by typical tablet interfaces
or who just want to be left alone to their
media consumption. It represents great value for money,
offering a highly capable and solidly built
tablet for well under £200. It's just that the
Google Nexus 7 gives you more for your
money, including a similar level of
hardware, a far more sophisticated operating system and a far superior app
store. Meanwhile, there's the Apple iPad mini with
its unmatched app ecosystem and super-
sleek design. Between them, the two great
rivals have rather squeezed out the capable-
but-limited Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Amazon's UK debut can be classed as a
success, then, but, ultimately, only Amazon
nuts and total tablet novices need apply.

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