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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 review

Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire excels at one thing: Amazon

Our Verdict

If you're heavily invested in Amazon's ecosystem, or want a hassle free (yet limited) UI, the Kindle HDX 7 could be the perfect tablet, but anyone looking for flexibility in their slate needs to look elsewhere.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1200
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Mayday is innovative
  • Great screen
  • Fast performance

Against

  • Dark spots on screen
  • Poor browser
  • Dated games

Battery life is ultra important for a tablet. Users should be able to get to full day of fun without reaching for a charger. Amazon claims 11-hours of battery life, and with gentle use you'll get that, but even with heavy use the Kindle Fire HDX gets impressive longevity out of a charge.

Battery Life

The Kindle Fire HDX we tested was a WiFi model, so we can't speak for the LTE version, but it's easy to get 9-10 hours of video watching, web surfing and all around media consumption from Amazon's tablet.

Streaming video takes the greatest chunk out of the HDX's charge, but you can still stream an entire movie and take out just a fifth of your battery life. You can easily charge this tablet ever other day with heavy use, maybe even once or twice a week if you're less intensive.

Charging is done via a microUSB port. The charging cable and AC adapter is included - we really only mention this because Amazon doesn't give an adapter with its Paperwhite ereader. We're gad they didn't cheap out here.

The Kindle Fire HDX's battery life doesn't best the competition, but it remains on par. You can fly across the Atlantic with this guy and keep entertained the whole way.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review

Camera

Absolutely nothing to write home about here. You've got a front-facing 720p camera, and no rear snapper. That's a decision we're ok with, since you frankly look like a goof shooting pictures with a tablet.

Still, it does feel kind of cheap when you stack it against a Nexus 7 or iPad mini, all of which have front camera.

The front-facing camera is good enough for Skype and capable of taking a decent selfie, in the right light. More often than not it's blown out and grainy though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 330
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time17 Hour
WimaxNo
Product FamilyKindle Fire HDX
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformFire OS
Operating SystemFire OS 3.0
Brand NameAmazon
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)303 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Height127 mm
Width185.4 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
ManufacturerAmazon.com, Inc
Product NameAll-New Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet
Product LineKindle Fire HDX
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberB00CYQPMJC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amazon.com
Marketing InformationPowerful and portable

Kindle Fire HDX is perfect for work or play, with the fastest processor on a 7" tablet, the latest graphics engine, world-class Dolby audio, and a highly portable form factor

Powerful Quad-Core Processor

Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance.

Limited Warranty1 Year