Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 – Specs, Features, Pros, Cons and everything you need to know (Detailed Review)

Heidi Speare January 16, 2014 2

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Today we bring to you a detailed review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, one of the most powerful, portable and latest full HD Android tablets available in the market. We are sure that you will love this review, so sit back, relax and get ready for a ride that you definitely wont forget.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (also referred to as Amazon Kindle Fire HDX) is one the best tablets ever made by the company. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is an absolute beast and one powerhouse of a device, and we are totally going to love writing this review for you. Don’t worry, we ensure you that you will get the right information and we will tell you everything you need to know about this high performance tablet.

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Before we continue, we need you to know that the tablet we are talking about in this post is the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 that was recently launched by Amazon in October 2013. This is not the older 7-inch version, the one known as Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 that was launched back in September of 2012.

We hope you are ready to know more about the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, and just in case you feel that something’s missing, then do let us know so that we can check it out and cover it for you. Let’s get on with the review and just before we start, take a look at the stuff that we’ll be covering in this post.

  • Design and Features
  • Key specifications
  • In the box
  • Price tags
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Comparison chart

1. DESIGN AND FEATURES

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a lightweight, slim and portable Android tablet. The tablet is made up of a high quality material that provides strength and power, but at the same time ensures that the device remains slim and light.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 does not have bezels as slim as the iPad Mini, but the tablet definitely sports class and quality on the inside as well as outside. The tablet has a matte-black soft-touch plastic finish on the back that makes it robust as well as provides a firm grip. And even though the overall design might seem different to you, the tablet feels extremely comfortable in the hands.

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When we tried holding the tablet in our hands, it felt extremely slim and light, but we did feel a little disappointed when we compared it to the original iPad Mini. We aren’t talking about the speed or display resolution here; it’s strictly about the external appearance and ease of use. Even though the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is way faster and has an almost double screen resolution when compared to the Apple iPad Mini, the iPad Mini felt better in the hands.

Don’t get us wrong when we said that the iPad Mini felt great, it’s just that the slimmer bezels look cooler. This might be a personal preference, so let’s not talk about that anymore.

Apart from the external looks and upgrade, a lot has changed on the inside. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 happens to be one of the most powerful tablets in the market as it is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. So if you have been facing problems with respect to speed, performance or multi-tasking on your older Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, you can simply forget about all those problems once you get your hands on the Kindle Fire HDX.

2. KEY SPECIFICATIONS

We know specs are very important, and we have taken great care to ensure that we provide every detail that might be necessary. If you have come to this point, you have already won two battles – the first because you showed interest in the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and second because you are going to have a great time going through the spec sheet!

It was very difficult for us to try and find drawbacks in this tablet, and we want you to know about the two main hardware issues that you might face. The first one is quite obvious but the second problem came to us as a surprise actually.

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One straightforward problem is that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 does not have a microSD card slot. This means that storage expansion is not an option, and you will have to pick the right storage space when you buy the tablet. Consumers planning to buy the 16GB version should note that only 10.9GB out of 16GB is available to users, the rest is used up by the system. The other problem you might face is with battery, because there have been times when the tablet wasn’t able to provide a decent battery backup.

The hardware specifications of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 have been listed below, so go ahead and take a look at it.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (Key specifications)
Display

  • 7-inch full HD IPS LCD touchscreen display
  • 1200 x 1920 pixels screen resolution
  • 323 ppi pixel density

Processing System

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM

Storage

  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of internal storage
  • No microSD card slot

Camera

  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 720p video recording
  • No rear camera

Operating System

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (customized)

Battery

  • Non-removable Li-Ion battery
  • Up to 11 hours of mixed usage

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth (Standard)
  • High speed 4G LTE

Ports

  • Headphone jack
  • Micro USB port
  • HDMI port

Sensors

  • Ambient Light
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope

Others

  • Weight: 303 grams
  • Dimensions: 186 mm x 128 mm x 9 mm
  • Color Options: Black

3. IN THE BOX

If you are planning to buy the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, then you should know about the stuff that you would be getting inside the box. And just in case if you have been using an older version of Amazon Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, you must have been disappointed that there was no power adapter provided by default.

But that won’t be the problem in this case, because you get everything you need right from the start including the power adapter. This is applicable to all models of the Kindle Fire HDX series; we just don’t know why it took so much time for Amazon to come up with this change.

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By default, you get a 5W power adapter that can be used to charge your tablet. But if you want (just in case), then you can also check out the 9W power adapter that’s sold separately by the company. This 9W power adapter will charge your tablet even faster, but honestly speaking there’s no need for you to get one.

Amazon Kindle PowerFast charging accessory has been optimized for use with all Kindle tablets including the Kindle Fire HD tablets, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle. Amazon strongly suggests that you use this accessory “with the black micro USB cable included with Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD and with the white USB cable included with Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle.”

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (In the Box)

  • Kindle Fire HDX tablet
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Quick start guide
  • 5W Power adapter

4. PRICE TAGS

Consumers interested in buying the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 will definitely be interested in the pricing information. The tablet is available in different storage options (16, 32 and 64GB) and every storage option is also available in two connectivity options (Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + LTE).

So it might be difficult to get all of these prices under one roof. That’s the reason why we present to you the price tags for each of the variants of the Kindle Fire HDX 7. We have listed out the standard retail prices here for you, so you can use them as reference and try to get a great price discount when you go out and buy one.

There might be some changes in the pricing information, so if you think that something’s not right, do let us know and we will look into it. So go ahead and take a look at the price tags, you need to know how much money you will have to spend right?

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (Price Tags)
Wi-Fi only

  • 16GB – $229
  • 32GB – $269
  • 64GB – $309

Wi-Fi + LTE

  • 16GB – $329
  • 32GB – $369
  • 64GB – $409

5. THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE CONCLUSION

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a great tablet! It has a crisp clear display with a very high pixel density and an extremely powerful chipset. The tablet is slim and light in weight and at the same time offers great hardware performance and LTE connectivity. The tablet comes with a Mayday button that’s going to be a lot more helpful than you think, but we will come to that later.

On the downside, the tablet does not have a microSD card slot and there are times when the battery won’t be able to back you up for hours on end. Compared to the other Android tablets in the market, the Amazon app store provides a limited number of games and apps.

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We have covered the design, key specifications and the pricing of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. It’s time to wrap things up and come to a conclusion. Now that you know almost everything about the Kindle Fire HDX 7, its time to list out the pros and cons of the device.

Yes, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet is a great piece of technology, but like every other device it has its owns pros and cons. For your convenience, we have listed out the pros and cons for you here and we request you to take a look at it.

THE GOOD (Pros)

  • Full HD crisp clear display
  • High speed 4G LTE connectivity
  • High performance hardware
  • Easy and clean user interface
  • Mayday is very helpful
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Mayday support

THE BAD (Cons)

  • Screen related issues have been reported
  • Limited options in the app store
  • No MicroSD card support
  • Minor battery issues
  • $15 for ad removal
  • No rear camera

CONCLUSION
By now, you must have already come up with your own conclusion about the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. But we still want you to know what we feel about this tablet, and we still have to tell you about an interesting feature that will help you a lot when you are in trouble – Mayday.

As far as our tests and experience with this tablet is concerned, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 turns out to be a winner. The tablet has its own set of cons but you can neglect them if you feel that they won’t make a big difference to you. We are happy that Amazon is offering a power adapter in the box but we still didn’t like the fact that consumers still have to pay an extra $15 for ad removal.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 has a strong exterior and a powerful interior. The tablet is as powerful as the Google Nexus 7 2013, which we feel is its best alternative. So if you are planning to get a Kindle Fire tablet then the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is the best option, but if you are open to options that we strongly suggest that you take a look at the Google Nexus 7 2013.

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We don’t want to get into the details about the pros and cons of these two tablets, but we will list out the advantages that the Google Nexus 7 2013 has over the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

  • Android 4.4 KitKat – experience the latest version of Android OS
  • Google Play Store – get all the games and apps made for Android
  • 5MP rear camera – high performance camera for photos and videos

Mayday – the game changer!
You might have started thinking about other options, especially the Google Nexus 7 2013 since we talked about it. But there is one thing that you really need to know about, a unique feature that might very soon become the game changer for Amazon – Mayday.

Customer care and support is always helpful, but many a times it takes a lot of time to reach the right person or explain your problem to the other party. But with Mayday, things are going to change forever and as you read this post, a number of consumers might actually be making use of Mayday.

Amazon has added a ‘Mayday’ button in the Quick Settings menu of all Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Mayday is the unique feature that allows users to connect with a customer service representative via a video feed and get their problems and queries solved. As an experienced user, this feature might not be so important to you, but if you plan to gift this tablet to your friend or family member who isn’t on the technology side, Mayday is going to be a life saver for them!

So once you activate Mayday, you will directly be connected with a customer service representative from Amazon. You can talk to the representative directly, and you will get the solution to your problems on the spot! The representative will be able to draw on your screen remotely to provide directions, and can also take control of your device and fix the issue right in front of you. The service is free of cost and is available 24/7.

COMPARISON CHART

If you do not already know, there is an older and cheaper version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet called as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7. This tablet is not as powerful as the HDX version, but you can get one at a much cheaper rate.

So if you want a 7-inch tablet, but have a low budget then you can check out the older version of this tablet as well. It’s nowhere as good as the new one, but we all don’t really need all those features and the enormous processing power that next-gen tablets have right?

We are purposely providing this chart for you after the conclusion part, because some of our readers might not at all be interested in the old model. But if you are, then this is the chart that’s going to help you a lot. So here’s a specifications chart of the Kindle Fire HD 7 (old version) and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (latest version):

Screen Size 7-inch 7-inch
CPU 1.2 GHz dual-core 2.2 GHz quad-core
GPU PowerVR SGX540 Adreno 330
Front Camera 1.3 MP 1.3 MP
Rear Camera NO NO
Main Storage 16, 32 and 64 GB 16, 32 and 64 GB
Micro SD Support NO NO
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Operating System Android 4.0 Android 4.2
Dimensions (mm) 193 x 137 x 10.3 186 x 128 x 9
Battery Li-Ion Li-Ion
Weight 395 grams 303 grams

 

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2 Comments »

  1. allen steel  January 17, 2014 at 1:44 am - Reply

    The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 lacks GPS so it can not use Google Maps for traffic and local searches. I was not able to install any of my purchased Andriod apps from Google Play Store since it is not supported. Google Chrome is not supported so I am not able to do searches by speaking my search words. It lacks a rear camera which is necessary for “Bar Code” product searches and price comparisons. These were deal breakers for me so I sadly returned my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, even with it’s outstanding sounding speakers.

  2. SAG007  January 31, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

    great review, great tablet
    but i hate the big bezels

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