The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is simply a 7 inch screen tablet from Kindle Fire. It is one of the latest versions and a successor of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The HDX 7 version has been revamped to look slimmer – it is also lighter and comes filled with new and improved features. It comes with a display resolution of 1920 x 1200 and with a customized Android OS.
According to what it offers and its performance capabilities, this new Amazon tablet shows that it is much more than simply a tablet for books.
The HDX 7 looks quite different from the Kindle Fire HD, and the changes are all positive. The tablet still comes in the black, glossy bezel that surrounds the 7 inch display. There is a front facing camera at the top of the screen. The rear side is characterized by a matted, soft plastic with the absence of the black strip present in the Fire HD version. The corners are also more angular than the curvy ones in the predecessor.
The HDX 7 is also firm on the grip, as the tablet comes with a sloppy, narrow design that makes it more comfortable to hold with both hands. This tablet is wider than the Nexus 7, making it hard to hold in one hand.
The changes in design are made to make it easier to hold the tablet in landscape mode. The volume button, as well as the on /off button, is situated at the backside for easy reach. The stereo speakers are situated higher, to avoid blocking the sound with the hands. The USB charging port is situated at the edge of the device, and so is the 3.5 mm headphone jack. This prevents the flailing of wires on the screen. Finding the button can initially seem tedious, but soon enough, you will get accustomed to the changes. Noticeably, the microHDMI port is absent in the HDX 7 and is replaced by the Miracast support.
This tablet is lighter in weight (303g) than its predecessor which weighs close to 100g more at 395g. It is 9mm thick even though it is shorter than most tablets. The HDX 7 is still not pocket friendly, but it does not weigh down on your bag.
The HDX 7 runs on a MODIFIED 4.2.2 KitKat Android version also referred to as the Fire UI, and it is impossible to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat version. This means that features such as Google Now, homescreen, apps folder, widgets and Google play access are also absent.
The Fire UI is, instead, an operating system that is purely centered on purchasing through the HDX 7 device. There are several in-build app purchases that should be made for you to be able to enjoy a seamless user experience. On the up side, the user interface is quite easy to use with fully customizable features.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 runs on a quad-core 2.2GHz, Snapdragon 800 processor that runs on 2GB RAM. This makes it possible to run multiple apps at the same time. It also comes with the Adreno 300 GPU to offer better graphics, especially for your gaming needs. Notably, it is faster than the Nexus 7. The HDX 7 also offers the same features as the Galaxy note 10.1 and the Sony Xperia Ultra, yet it is much cheaper.
Camera, Battery Life and Price
The HDX 7 also comes with one camera, the 720p HD front facing camera. You get up to 11 hours battery usage time and 17 hours standby time. You can get the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 at approx. $334.
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