So, when the apple ipad finally gets a slightly smaller version, the Kindle Fire HD gets a slightly bigger one.
Both versions are, essentially, the same as the modern versions of their respective series. On the other hand, both are oddly sized additions for their respective families. The apple ipad Mini is 7.9″ and so isn’t, accurately speaking, a 7″ pc tablet and, to not be defeated, this new Kindle Fire is 8.9 Inches so is therefore not, strictly speaking, a ten-inch version of the (usually 7-Inch) Amazon kindle fire hd.
Traditionally, tablet pc’s come in 2 sizes, 10 Inch and 7″, and both dimensions have their advocates, just as much as each side have advantages and drawbacks. I checked out this new Kindle Fire in an attempt to find if larger actually is better…
Maybe I would have been more contented evaluating the Kindle Fire HD to a Asus nexus 7 instead. The Asus nexus 7 is, after all, the only tablet in Kindle Fire’s price range that matches it for effectiveness, specifications and popularity.
Originally a 7″ tablet, the 10 Inch Nexus model was released to about as tepid a welcome as George Costanza’s toupee and sold rather poorly from there. In fact, there is barely around 680,000 Google nexus 10 models currently in use, which looks terrible, especially in comparison to the estimated 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablet pc’s.
Why is this? The Google nexus 10 was nearly as good a tablet the Asus nexus 7 (and the Google nexus 7 is an incredibly, good tablet). On the other hand, for some reason, it just did not cut the mustard.
Perhaps it is a size thing. Larger tablet pc’s simply aren’t as lightweight (or as inexpensive) as their lesser counterparts. Fundamentally, it appears that when people go big, they go apple ipad.
Apparently, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the same classy, multinational accessory as the standard Kindle Fire HD, however it’s just a little bit bigger this time about. This means it has a similar duel WiFi aerial, the same dazzling array of downloadable apps and content and the same particularly designed Dolby surround sound system.
The 8.9 version + Kindle Fire HD is a great buy costlier than the 7″ model. For instance, I can buy a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (with free delivery, no less) from Amazon for £160, however the 8.9-Inch version, which is, barring one or two minor changes, the identical device, will set me back about £230. That is a lot to consider.
Right now, I have talked (at great duration) about the Kindle Fire HD in a variety of other places, so I will frankly summarise here so as to save space and avoid repeating myself.
The Kindle Fire HD is a masterwork of condensed computing; it offers an easy, likeable user interface, brilliant media playback with a fine array of apps to boot. The Kindle Fire HD is a superb all rounder that offers great value for money and is a very sensible choice for the commuter, first-time buyer and/or the casual consumer.
Skilled programmers may find the Fire HD restrictive (Amazon are notoriously heavy-handed about what you are able to and cannot install, for example) and its not on the level of an apple ipad or even a Surface when it comes to processing power. Though, it’s an outstanding product overall.
The 8.9 Inch version differs in only one, achingly obvious, way.
The dimensions 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 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 right into a handbag or rucksack.
The difference in size is not as harsh as a 10″ model would have been, but it is unquestionably noticeable. #On the# one hand, it is nice to have increased options, but on the other…
Fundamentally, the smaller size of the Kindle Fire HD is among its major selling points. Cheap and cheerful, the 7 Inch Kindle Fire HD was seemingly made for livening up monotonous train journeys, replacing the book on your nightstand and being a perfect travel companion on the last-minute holiday. Conversely, the 8.9″ version lacks most of these charms, whilst simultaneously also wanting the processing muscle of the 10″ pc tablet.
This new Kindle Fire HD continues to be a excellent device, but the size (along with the cost) increase does not seem likely to cause it to many new friends. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover of the series, but I predict this one sharing the same fate to the Nexus 10.