Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 review

Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire excels at one thing: Amazon

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Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 - when you think of budget Android tablets these are the two most likely to spring to mind.

While the HDX 7 has a heavily modified Android interface, the Nexus 7 sports Google's stock KitKat offering. There's no bloatware or over the top skin, it's Android as Google intended.

Google Nexus 7

That means you get access to the full suite of Google apps including Maps, Drive and the Play store - the latter of which has a larger selection of apps than Amazon's offering.

The HDX 7 does benefit from a slightly newer processor and GPU - although in day to day use there's not a huge difference in performance.

Tesco Hudl

The Tesco Hudl is a big rival for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 thanks to its incredibly reasonable £119 price tag.

Unlike the HDX 7 the Hudl runs an almost stock version of Android KitKat, with just a few additional Tesco focussed features bolted on.

Tesco Hudl

The screen doesn't have a full HD resolution, there's less RAM and an inferior GPU under the hood, but considering it's almost half the price of the HDX 7 those are things you can live with.

You'll get better performance and a superior viewing experience with the Kindle Fire HDX 7, but if you don't want to send £200 the 7-inch Hudl is a great option.

iPad Mini 2

If you're in the market for a small size tablet and have cash burning a hole in your pocket you'll want to check out the iPad Mini 2 with Retina display.

It has a larger, 7.9-inch display and a supremely premium metal chassis which elevates it above the Kindle Fire HDX 7 in terms of design.

iPad Mini 2

Apple's iOS 7 interface is now well know and the App Store provides far more tablet centric applications than Google Play.

Of course the big sticking point here is the price, and with the iPad Mini 2 starting at £319 it's considerably more than the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 330
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time17 Hour
WimaxNo
Product FamilyKindle Fire HDX
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformFire OS
Operating SystemFire OS 3.0
Brand NameAmazon
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)303 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Height127 mm
Width185.4 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
ManufacturerAmazon.com, Inc
Product NameAll-New Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet
Product LineKindle Fire HDX
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberB00CYQPMJC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amazon.com
Marketing InformationPowerful and portable

Kindle Fire HDX is perfect for work or play, with the fastest processor on a 7" tablet, the latest graphics engine, world-class Dolby audio, and a highly portable form factor

Powerful Quad-Core Processor

Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance.

Limited Warranty1 Year