Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Catching Fire – The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

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Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Workhorse or Media Player? – The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

An interesting thing about tabletcomputers in their current iteration is that they’ve really only been around for about 3 years or so. In spite of that we’ve already come to the point where we have certain expectations and have also become a bit jaded in our thinking when it comes to tablets. Most folks probably think of tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 as a pure media consumption device and little else. After all it can be said that its only reason for existence is to make the purchase and consumption of media like music, movies and books as easy and seamless as possible through Amazon’s website.

But hold up my friends because there’s a legion of suits and corporate business types who will tell you that they’re running their entire empire via devices like the iPad Air, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, the Nexus 7 and other similar devices.

The truth is that tablets have come a long way and while they are great as media consumption devices they are also moving into their own as workhorses that are good at all types of tasks. Today we’ll take a look at the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and see if it measures up to the competition in regards to overall utility.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Just What Is the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7?

The plain and simple truth is that the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is Amazon’s answer to tablets like the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display and the Nexus 7. (I should mention that if you’re mainly a book consumer just looking for an eReader then definitely do yourself a favor and pick up a Kindle Paperwhite as this is hands down the best eReader on the market. It’s pretty much mopped the floor with all competing eReader devices but we’ll save that for a separate review at a later date.)

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 does a good job of keeping up with the tablet Joneses. Amazon has definitely refined the appearance as it’s a nice step up from the previous brick-like Kindle Fire HD. The bezel is thinner and the tablet is thinner and lighter overall with a depth of .35 inches. It weighs just under 11 ounces (10.7 to be exact) which makes it pretty easy to tote around as an everyday device. Its overall measurements are 7.3” X 5” X .35” which makes it easy to hold on to with just one hand.

The 7 inch screen comes in at an eye catching 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution and great pixel density (323 pixels per inch). This means that movies look awesome and text is nice and crisp. The screen is colorful and bright and matches up nicely with the best displays in the tablet market.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 sports an Android operating system under Amazon’s custom user interface. The Amazon OS – referred to internally as “Mojito” is a complete overhaul of the Android Jellybean operating system. This makes what can be an intimidating UI pretty user friendly. I’m confident that this makes the Kindle Fire OS’s target market pretty happy. While the OS can feel a bit sluggish at times that isn’t the fault of the internals. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 comes with 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon CPU coupled to 2 Gigs of RAM. This baby is built for speed and it delivers during everyday use.

Even with all of this power you’ll still get 9 to 10 hours of your typical usage – web surfing, videos, etc. This puts it on par with the big boys in the tablet game. The camera is just a run of the mill 720p front facing workhorse and there’s no rear facing camera. It’s good enough for Skype-ing but use your phone or a real camera for those all important selfies or you’re likely to be disappointed.

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Mayday App In Action

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Mayday App In Action

The last thing I want to mention is the Mayday functionality. Frankly, Amazon is ahead of the curve when it comes to customer service and Amazon really delivers that experience with Kindle Fire HDX 7′s Mayday App. This is straight up a bit of genius on Amazons part. No hunting around for customer service phone numbers or waiting in line to talk to a real person. Mayday makes getting real time technical help from a live person as easy as touching the screen. Touching the Mayday App launches a live video chat window and technician can see your screen (but not see you) and guide you through whatever you’re having trouble with. Amazon has stated that they want to respond to help requests via Mayday in 15 seconds or less and so far this appears to be the case regardless of the time of day or night you make your request. This really is a killer app and the competition would do well to take notice of this feature.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Dousing the Flames – What I Didn’t Like About the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

While I really like this tablet there are a few small things to keep in mind. It’s better looking and matches up nicely in terms of the display and performance but it’s still no iPad Mini Retina. Sure it’s thinner and smaller but it’s still chunkier in comparison to the iPad Mini 2. The body is also made of plastic and not aluminum and that is a noticeable difference when comparing them side by side. Lastly, even though the Kindle Fire HDX 7 runs on the Android Jellybean OS, you won’t be getting Apps from the Google Play store, it’s Amazon all day and all the way for your Apps and media. While Amazon is doing a pretty good job of keeping up with the larger Google Play store, there is still a bit of a lag in development, with some types of games and productivity apps noticeably absent making this less useful as a workhorse type of tablet – but really excellent for media consumption.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Conclusions – Amazons Kindle Fire HDX 7

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 - All Your Favorite Apps

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 – All Your Favorite Apps

Bottom line: the Amazon Kindle HDX 7 is a great piece of hardware thanks to its updated appearance and innards. The new CPU delivers a responsive experience and meets expectations with the consumption of all of the media that Amazon has on offer. The battery life is right in line with the competition and the display is excellent for movie watching and reading. For a device that’s purpose built as a portal to Amazon’s vast catalog of stuff it’s well rounded in addition to having great benefits for Amazon Prime members. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 with its built in customer service via the Mayday App is also a perfect tablet for your less tech-savvy family members.

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