So, because the apple ipad finally gets a slightly smaller version, the Kindle Fire HD gets a slightly larger one.
Both models are, fundamentally, identical as the latest versions of the respective series. Though, both are oddly sized additions to their respective families. The iPad Mini is 7.9″ therefore is not, strictly speaking, a 7 Inch pc tablet and, not to be outdone, this new Kindle Fire is 8.9 Inches and so is consequently not, strictly talking, a ten-inch version of their (typically 7-Inch) Kindle Fire HD.
Historically, tablet pc’s are available in 2 sizes, 10 Inch and 7 Inch, and both dimensions have their advocates, just as much as each side have advantages and disadvantages. I verified this new Kindle Fire in an effort to discover if bigger actually is better…
Perhaps I would been more contented evaluating the Kindle Fire HD to a Nexus 7 as an alternative. The Asus nexus 7 is, in fact, the only tablet pc in Kindle Fire’s price range that matches it for proficiency, specs and popularity.
Originally a 7″ tablet, the 10 Inch Nexus 10 was released to about as tepid a reception as George Costanza’s toupee and sold pretty poorly from there. In truth, there is barely around 680,000 Google nexus 10 models currently in use, which looks bad, especially in comparison to estimated 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablet pc’s.
Why is this? The Nexus 10 was nearly as good a pc tablet the Asus nexus 7 (and also the Nexus 7 is a very, excellent tablet). Though, for some reason, it just did not cut the mustard.
Perhaps it’s a size thing. Bigger tablets simply are not as portable (or as cheap) as their lesser counterparts. Basically, it appears that when people go big, they go apple ipad.
Apparently, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the same classy, cosmopolitan accessory as the standard Kindle Fire HD, however it’s just a little bit bigger this time about. This implies these have the same duel WiFi aerial, similar amazing array of downloadable apps and content and also the same particularly designed Dolby surround sound system.
The 8.9 version + Kindle Fire HD is a great buy more expensive than the 7″ model. For instance, I can buy a 7 Inch Kindle Fire HD (with free delivery, no less) from Amazon for £160, but the 8.9-Inch version, which is, barring a few small changes, the identical device, will set me back about £230. That is a lot to think about.
Right now, I have talked (at great duration) about the Kindle Fire HD in various other places, so I’ll frankly summarise here so as to save space and get out of repeating myself.
The Kindle Fire HD may be a masterwork of condensed computing; it offers a simple, likeable user interface, excellent media playback and a fine array of apps to boot. The Kindle Fire HD is a superb all rounder that offers great value for money is a really sensible choice for that commuter, first-time purchaser and/or the casual user.
Skilled programmers will probably find the Fire HD restrictive (Amazon are notoriously heavy-handed about what you are able to and can’t install, for example) and its not on the level of an iPad or a Surface when it comes to processing muscle. Though, it’s a good product overall.
The 8.9 Inch version differs in only the one, achingly obvious, way.
The size increase does benefit from a bigger screen, that’s a real boon to a visually impaired user, but further than that, this indicates slightly superfluous. The enlarged size makes the Kindle Fire HD feel that rather more cumbersome and clumsy, whilst also making it less prone to fit on your bedside, or as cozily into a handbag or rucksack.
The difference in size isn’t as jarring as a 10″ model would have been, but it’s unquestionably noticeable. #On the# one hand, its nice to have increased options, 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″ Kindle Fire HD was seemingly made for livening up monotonous train journeys, replacing the book on your nightstand and like a perfect travel companion on the last-minute holiday. Conversely, the 8.9 Inch version lacks the majority of those charms, whilst simultaneously also missing the processing muscle of a 10 Inch pc tablet.
This new Kindle Fire HD is still a excellent device, but the dimensions (along with the price) increase doesn’t seem likely to cause it to many new friends. Do not get me wrong, I’m a fan of the series, but I forecast this one sharing a similar fate to the Nexus 10.