After a not so successful attempt with the earlier Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon went back to the design board and did an impressive job of carving out a beautiful form factor which is now slimmer, smaller and reading-friendly device. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX has raised the bar with more robust specs and new features, especially the live-tech support called Mayday. The android tablet platform is heating up in terms of competition and the Amazon is eyeing to capture the top honours for the platform. Let us see how the Kindle Fire HDX fairs with respect to the competitors like iPad mini and Nexus 7.
The new kindle fire is lighter by 23 percent for the 7-inch screen size model and 34 percent for the 8.9-inch screen size model. The design looks neat and simple. The build quality of the tablet looks top notch. The slimmer profile is due to the new lighter, magnesium allow body, narrower frame and a touch screen with a fewer layers than before.
Amazing home screen experience
Amazon has done away with the traditional Android home screen and replaced it with a carefully controlled carousel. The screen offers perfect 100 percent sRGB color accuracy, dynamic image contrast, reduced glare and improved brightness for better viewing under a variety of lighting conditions.
Groundbreaking hardware features
The tablet boasts of 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip, with a Krait 400 CPU, a powerful Adreno 330 GPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, gyroscope, and an accelerometer. Internally, the tablet has a faster processor that eliminates the lag found in previous models.
Prime offline viewing
You used to have to stream the Prime content, but with the latest HD and HDX models you have the option of downloading thousands of movies and shows. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video Service now features downloads for offline viewing rather than just streaming, which requires constant Internet connection.
May personalised help
The killer differentiator in this new Amazon kindle is the Mayday. This innovative new feature gives user (especially less tech savvy user) the access to free tech support at just a tap of button. The live support rep in the video box on your screen will guide you through any problem you are having.
The initial impression of the Kindle Fire HDX Black Friday is good and its lightweight design is the first feature to strike you. Also, the brilliant display and certain new features separate it from the rest of the offerings in the tablet market in the same segment. At the given price range ($379 for 8.9-inch and $229 for 7-inch), Fire HDX offers quite a bit of bang for buck. Where the Fire continues to fall down, however, is in its app selection. As Amazon uses its own version of Android, there are a limited number of programs that run on Kindle. Moreover, the user also lacks the Android experience offered by Android tablets, including Voice Search Function and Google Now Intelligent Assistant.