Amazon's next-generation tablet, the Kindle Fire HD (7-inch), has thrown another monkey wrench into the tablet buyer's life. You'll now have three (likely) 7-inch powerhouses to choose from: the Google Nexus 7, the Fire HD and the widely rumored iPad Mini.
For those considering the $199 Fire HD you'll find a 1280 x 800 HD display with Dolby audio and a dual speaker driver. There's a dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi connectivity for speedy downloads (faster, Amazon claims, than the new iPad). It is tightly integrated with Amazon's content library of books, movies and packaged goods. Ostensibly built on top of Google's Android operating system, the Kindle Fire HD is more of a portal into Amazon's retail enterprise. This integration is both the Kindle Fire HD's strength and weakness, according to reviewers.
If you're an avid media consumer - specifically, if you're an avid user of Amazon's ecosystem of media products (i.e. if you're a Prime subscriber and read your e-books via the Kindle app), the Fire HD gets high marks. However, for those looking for a more well-rounded tablet experience, reviewers advised looking elsewhere. The Fire HD is more a storefront for Amazon than an all-purpose tablet.
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