If you have stumbled upon this article you’re probably wondering if it’s worth your money to buy the Kindle Fire HDX 7, right? So let’s take a closer look at this 3rd generation Kindle Fire tablet and decide whether it worth your money to buy or not.
Kindle Fire HDX Landscape, running the Bible for Kids app
Kindle Fire HDX 7 – Technical Specification
|SPECS||Kindle Fire HDX 7|
|Dimensions||7.3" x 5.0" x 0.35"|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,200 (323 ppi)|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
|Battery*||Up to 11 hours|
|Storage||16 GB (10.9 GB available)
32 GB (25.1 GB available)
64 GB (53.7 GB available)
|Camera||Front-facing 720p HD camera|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo jack
Integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band, dual antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO+HT40)
|Weight||Wi-Fi: 10.7 oz (303 g)
Wi-Fi + 4G: 11.0 oz (311 g)
|OS||Fire OS 4 (based on Android 4.4.2)|
|Release Date||October 18, 2013|
|Series||Kindle Fire Tablet - 3rd Generation|
*Based on reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary
What are the Pros and Cons of having the Kindle Fire HDX 7?
Design – The design has clearly improved from earlier models. The shell is made of matte plastic which doesn’t feel cheap and is nice to hold. The Kindle Fire HDX is ergonomic with slants at the back which your fingers can rest on comfortably. It is thin and lightweight, and it weighs only 10.7 oz. You can hold on to it for long periods without easily getting tired.
Plastic is still plastic, however. When compared with the iPad’s sleek aluminum frame, the soft plastic on the HDX 7 doesn’t give an expensive feel. But it’s fine, it doesn’t feel cheap either. Unfortunately, this material picked up lots of fingerprints during handling. We also disliked the huge Amazon logo on the back. It would have been better if this was more subtle.
We thought that this tablet didn’t look super pretty but the overall design wasn’t too bad.
Screen – The screen is super bright and sharp. You can watch movies from Amazon Prime or play games like Asphalt 8: Airborne with realistic clarity. Either way, you’ll enjoy the brightness and contrast of the screen.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 has 323 ppi and 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution. Amazon claims that this tablet has 100% sRGB color accuracy for vivid and life-like pictures. It also has a polarizing filter to reduce glare, and an ambient light sensor to adjust the light intensity as according to the light in your surroundings.
Since the HDX uses blue LED lights to achieve the color it wants to provide to its users, it gives off a faint bluish tint on the sides if you look at it closely. Some users might be bothered by it but others do not mind or they simply do not noticed it. For example, this Amazon customer was worried about it too but things turned out to be great for him.
Processor – Fast and decent for multitasking. This tablet is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon processor that runs at a speed of 2.2 GHz. We thought for the price it was great for Amazon to put such a powerful processor inside. So if you do two or three tasks on this device, such as pausing a movie to check your emails, you might not notice a big delay.
Fire OS 4 – Fire OS 4 “Sangria” is based on Android 4.4 KitKat but tweaked by Amazon to make the interface more user-friendly and access to Amazon content easier. There is the Carousel of the latest apps you’ve accessed and the apps tray that holds all the apps. What we see is that this system basically tells you that your content from Amazon is just there and readily available.
Sound and speakers – This tablet has stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus. So you can watch movies and listen to music without needing to whip out those headphones. The sound is clear and doesn’t sound choppy at all. We liked the sound output. We thought it was adequate for movies.
Kindle FreeTime – The Kindle FreeTime is a comprehensive and child-friendly app for parents. The app works pretty much as a dedicated interface for your child where only your approved apps, games, and books will be available to them. It’s also easy to set up. With this app, you don’t need to worry about your child using your credit card.
The Kindle FreeTime comes free on the tablet. There’s also a paid FreeTime Unlimited subscription, which gives your children a whole selection of books, movies, and games that are suitable for their age.
Mayday Button – The Mayday button is one of the best customer service provisions so far. It makes life easier for people who are scared of technology. We loved this feature a lot. A friendly customer service rep pops-up with a smile to greet and help you. We just hope they can keep on smiling at challenging issues and customers. Of course, other tablet makers provide customer support but not as convenient as the Mayday button.
For instance, you can get good customer service from the Apple Genius Bar, but you still need to walk into the store. Calling Apple for support costs a fee for one-time phone support if you’re not enrolled with Apple Care+. Samsung support is the regular tech support where you have to call and wait in a queue. Imagine the inconvenience especially when the IVR takes forever.
Long battery life – You can do various tasks on the HDX 7 for about 11 hours give or take, which translates into a few days of casual use before you need to recharge your tablet.
No Google Play – You can’t really use Google Play Store directly in this tablet, you can sideload apps but it’s not very convenient. The HDX is using the Amazon App Store which has fewer apps but that should still be acceptable as most of the essential apps are available there.
Having no SD card slot – Well, memory cards are cheap. On some tablets like the newer 5th generation Fire tablets and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, if you’ve used up your memory, you can get another memory card to store stuff without relying on the cloud.
This is not the case in the Kindle Fire HDX. They do have unlimited Cloud storage for content you purchased from Amazon, but if you don’t have Internet access all the time then you have to keep most of the content that you may use in your device. We felt that this tablet would have had better sales if there was an expandable memory slot.
No HDMI port – You can still use this tablet to send content to your TV but the TV set has to be Miracast enabled (e.g. Samsung TV released 2013 and after). If not, then you can’t. On the newer Fire HDX 8.9, it is as easy as hooking up the cable from your tablet to your TV.
Only having a front facing camera – It is kind of difficult to shoot some videos and pictures if the camera is on the front. Though this is not too much of a downer since most people only use the camera on a tablet for video chatting.
Who would most likely benefit from getting the Kindle Fire HDX 7?
Parents – Most kids nowadays ask for a tablet for their birthday or Christmas present. Trying to set up Parental Controls can be a pain, plus of course, you want your child to be able to learn something from the tablet, so having the Kindle FreeTime really helps.
Here’s a review on Amazon from a parent who was very happy to have gotten this tablet for his kid.
Kids – Kids pick on technology really fast now. They can hold a device for a few minutes and do lots of things with it. So having a device safe for children is what Amazon thought of when they developed Kindle FreeTime, which comes free on the Fire tablets.
You can also consider subscribing for the paid Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service. It is not just for fun, it’s also good for learning. Let your child be immersed in colorful books, learning games like scrabble and puzzles, interactive videos and much more.
Seniors – We read on Amazon customer review about how a senior like this device. With the Mayday button, technically challenged people can still enjoy having a tablet. Just because they are over 60 doesn’t mean people can’t enjoy technology and tablets like this.
Movie buffs and Gamers – Amazon has lots of great movies and games available that you can download, stream and play. Just be careful with overspending.
Travelers – Something to enjoy while on the road or in your hotel room lying on your bed relaxing.
Why should you buy the Kindle Fire HDX 7?
There are so many tablets available in the market today. The choices, as the cliché goes, are endless. So why choose this one? Here are some things you can consider:
- Having an easy to use gadget that you can start using right away as soon as you take it out of the box.
- The Mayday button makes life so much more hassle free.
- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is great for kids.
- Affordable for all its features.
How can this tablet help you and your family live better?
Nowadays we see whole families sitting in the same room together but mentally separated by their gadgets. This should never be the case. There are so many fun things a family can do together while enjoying devices like this.
- Learn together – If you’re in a family with kids, you can play educational games like vocabulary or math games together. If there are just two adults in your family, you can play memory games or learn a language together through some apps.
- Sing together – You can use the Miracast and project the video onto your big screen and voilà! You now have an instant karaoke machine! A fun way to unwind together and fight stress!
- Read together – Read stories before bedtime with full-color images. Recite nursery rhymes. Browse magazines and share your thoughts on the articles.
- Study together – Review books with your family. You can even use a big screen TV as a big review sheet.
- Watch movies together – You can either put your heads together while watching on this device or bounce the image on a big screen.
- Pray together – Play a praying game where one has a different prayer for each day. Read bible verses in style using the Kindle Fire HDX. The family that prays together, stays together.
Going back to your first question, is the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ worth it? Yes, definitely! We agree that the HDX 7 is value for your money. It has an improved design which is great for kids, busy adults and seniors alike. Users can enjoy as much on this device but still save cash compared to buying some expensive tablets out there.
This is a concise review on Amazon from a user with an update after a year of use which we believe should help you make up your mind.
If you are looking for other tablet alternatives, the following articles might help you out.
- Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7
- Fire HDX 8.9 vs Fire HD 8 / Fire HD 10
- Fire HDX 8.9 (4th generation) vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (3rd generation)
- Fire HD 10 Review
- The Kindle’s live, human, screen-controlling tech support – Heather Kelly, CNN, September 26, 2013