The third-gen Kindle tablet comes with Amazon’s own version of Android, and none of the usual Google apps…
The Kindle Fire HDX is a seven-inch tablet with a tiny footprint. With a narrow bezel it feels squarer than many other tablets while maintaining the 16:10 ratio of the screen. In short, it feels rather like an iPad mini, albeit without the metal build. The back is soft-touch plastic, adorned by a large Amazon logo in landscape orientation. The casing has an angular pattern that slopes away towards the edges, making the tablet feel even thinner than it is. The power and volume buttons are located on these slopping edges. They sit in the general vicinity of your thumbs when holding the tablet in landscape mode, and are almost impossible to find in portrait mode. It’s strange, then, that some apps actually force you to use it in portrait mode.
The Kindle Fire HDX boots into Amazon’s own version of Android. You would be hard pressed to find many traces of Android within the UI, such is Amazon’s complete overhaul of how the system works. The home screen features a large Recent Items widget, built around your Amazon content purchases, along with a selection of your favorite apps. Along the top are tabs that enable you to quickly navigate to your games, apps, books, music, videos and so on. The content stores are built directly into the UI, as is cloud support. So you open the Movies, for example, and can see your local content, cloud-stored content and tap the Store icon to buy some new stuff. Needless to say, all your activity is tied to your Amazon account, just as other devices are tied to Google.
The notifications pane from Android remains in place, as well as a few more obscure features, but for the most part this is an Amazon tablet. The replacement apps are pretty good; the keyboard works well, the Silk web browser is faster than Chrome. We just can’t say it does things better than Android. It’s a great content consumption device, if you’re a heavy Amazon user.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Specs Review
The full HD display is fantastic. While we would have liked it to go a tad brighter we have no complaints about its clarity. With the decent quality speakers in support it makes for a great portable video device.
Performances were pretty much flawless, and entirely lag free. That said the interface is optimized for reading and watching so you probably would not push it in ways you would
The Kindle Fire HDX feels impossibly small, making it seem even more portable than its rivals. The tapered back is unusual, and the positioning of the power and volume controls is not ideal.
Android 4.2 is under the hood. Far, far under the hood. Amazon’s UI is built around getting you using Amazon content, and their app store pales in comparison to the Play store. It’s not bad, but it’s not better.
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