So, because the iPad at last gets a slightly slighter version, the Kindle Fire HD gets a slightly bigger one.
Both versions are, basically, similar as the latest versions of the respective series. However, both are oddly sized additions to their respective families. The iPad Mini is 7.9″ therefore is not, strictly speaking, a 7 Inch tablet and, to not be defeated, this new Amazon kindle fire is 8.9 Inches so is consequently not, strictly talking, a 10-inch version of the (usually 7-Inch) Kindle Fire HD.
Traditionally, tablet pc’s are available in 2 sizes, 10″ and 7 Inch, and both sizes have their advocates, just as much as both sides have advantages and drawbacks. I checked out this latest Kindle Fire in an attempt to find if bigger really is better…
Perhaps I would have been better off comparing the Kindle Fire HD to a Google Nexus as an alternative. The Nexus 7 is, after all, really the only tablet in Kindle Fire’s price range that matches it for effectiveness, specs and reputation.
Originally a 7″ tablet pc, the 10 Inch Nexus model was released to about as warm a welcome as George Costanza’s wig and sold pretty poorly from there. Actually, there are only around 680,000 Nexus 10 models presently in use, which looks bad, especially in comparison to the estimated 6.8 million Google nexus 7 tablet pc’s.
Why is this? The Google nexus 10 was nearly as good a tablet the Google nexus 7 (and also the Google nexus 7 is an incredibly, excellent tablet). On the other hand, for some reason, it just didn’t cut the mustard.
Perhaps it’s a size thing. Larger tablets simply are not as portable (or as inexpensive) as their smaller counterparts. Fundamentally, it seems that when people go big, they go iPad.
Seemingly, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the same classy, cosmopolitan accessory as the regular Kindle Fire HD, however it’s just a little bit bigger this time around. This implies these have a similar duel WiFi antenna, the same astounding array of downloadable apps and content and also the same specially designed Dolby surround sound system.
The 8.9 version + Kindle Fire HD is a great deal costlier than the 7 Inch model. For instance, I could buy a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (with free delivery, no less) from Amazon for £160, but the 8.9-Inch version, which is, barring some small modifications, the identical device, will set me back about £230. That is quite a bit to consider.
Right now, I’ve talked (at great duration) regarding the Kindle Fire HD in various other places, so I will basically summarise here in an effort to save space and avoid repeating myself.
The Kindle Fire HD is a masterwork of condensed computing; it offers a simple, likeable user interface, outstanding media playback and a fine array of applications to boot. The Kindle Fire HD is a wonderful all rounder that provides great value for money is a really sensible choice for that commuter, first-time buyer and/or the casual user.
Skilled programmers may find the Fire HD restrictive (Amazon are notoriously heavy-handed about what you can and cannot install, for example) and its not on the level of an apple ipad or even a Surface when it comes to processing muscle. However, it is an outstanding product overall.
The 8.9 Inch version differs in only the one, achingly obvious, way.
The dimensions increase does benefit from a bigger display, which is a genuine boon to the visually impaired user, but beyond that, this indicates slightly superfluous. The increased size makes the Kindle Fire HD feel that rather more cumbersome and clumsy, whilst also making it less likely to fit on your bedside, or as snugly into a handbag or rucksack.
The disparity in size is not as harsh as a 10 Inch model would have been, but it’s definitely noticeable. #On the# one hand, it is nice to possess increased choices, but on the other…
Fundamentally, the smaller size of the Kindle Fire HD is one of its main selling factors. Cheap and cheerful, the 7 Inch Kindle Fire HD was seemingly made for livening up boring train journeys, replacing the book on your nightstand and being a perfect journey companion on the last-minute holiday. Conversely, the 8.9 Inch version lacks the majority of those charms, whilst simultaneously also lacking the processing power of the 10″ tablet.
This new Kindle Fire HD is still a excellent device, but the dimensions (along with the price) increase does not seem prone to cause it to many new friends. Do not get me wrong, I am a fan of the series, but I predict this one sharing the same fate to the Nexus 10.
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