Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Computer

Amazon has been considerably successful enough in their first attempt at catering tablets especially for their Prime members, and now with only a year or more after, another tablet is about to steal the show. The first Kindle Fire HD boasted of a lot of features, such as a very good and friendly reading screen or display, a simple but straightforward OS, and of course, a good battery life. But this year, we are about to see something more incredible to make a title of its own: the new Kindle Fire HDX.

The release of the HDX is actually coming with some other models as such as the predecessors. Available also in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch tablets, the two new tablets replace the predecessors respectively. However, there’ve been a lot of improvements without that much price hike; though yes, the price might have dramatically increased, but when compared to features and capabilities, everyone can just say they are still very budget-friendly. Our goal for today is aimed at the 7-inch version.

Looking at the design of the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, I’d say I didn’t experience that usual amusement because the body is now more edgy rather than rounded. This may sound like it’s not comfortable, but the actual experience says the otherwise. The HDX feels very easy and light, and the robust build says it can at least withstand some bashes despite not having a metal body or frame. Compared also to its equivalent predecessor, the HDX is not slightly narrower at 186mm (compared to 191mm), and is thinner at 9mm (compared to 10.6mm). If you want an incredibly thinner version, surprisingly the 8.9-inch version has a thickness of 7.8mm.

One big change also to the exterior of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX compared to its predecessor is the replacement of the power and volume buttons, which in the newer case is now lying at the back plate of the slate. Though the tactility of the buttons are a lot more conducive more consistent pressing, it can still be inconvenient more if you have to hunt it from the dark; I would still prefer the Apple-style home buttons found in their devices which is easy and intuitive to access on. Then there’s the dual stereo speakers at the back, the microphone port right at the top edge of the slate when held horizontally, the audio port on the right edge, the micro-USB port at the left, and surprisingly, no micro-HDMI.

That loss of a seemingly viable port is actually replaced with some wireless features: a second-screen feature to work with modern TVs and a Mirror-Your-Screen feature which allows a TV to mirror what is currently happening on the slate’s display. Like the predecessor, there’s still the X-Ray feature wherein you get to instantly learn about the stars and the cast behind the film, and if you’re a prime member, you get to watch and even download movies and TV series. Other features of being a Prime member is the allowance to borrow digital books online, cloud storage and sharing, music downloads and playback, and many other freebies.

Of course, I would like to put this feature of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX into the spotlight: a full HD display at 1920x1200p at 323 ppi. The resolution is so sharp enough, and the colors are actually rendered very naturally; Amazon claims a perfect sRGB color mode. While I sometimes thought that the colors look a little bit copper-ish in tint, it actually does not bother me at all, as long as I have the pleasure to read books from the dark without overly glaring and even clouding my eyes with brightness. The screen is a lot more responsive also, and the actions performed on the capacitive media are swift and easy enough. That big display doesn’t deteriorate the battery life, as the company still promises an 11-hour mixed-experience one-charge life.

Introduced also with the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is its being the first slate to incorporate a quad-core processor higher than 2GHz—in this case, 2.2GHz. The HDX is claimed by the company to perform 3x better than its predecessor, and with the Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, gaming is a lot more enjoyable and smooth. However, for the 7-inch version, you only get 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, knowing that there’s no obvious option to expand externally. That capacity is indeed not enough if you want offline access to a lot of full HD movies.

Lastly, there’s the new Mayday button feature, which is an easy less-than-15-seconds access to a live customer service representative. The agent cannot see you though you can see them, but they can draw on your screen and even get access to your slate to guide you in actions. This may sound ambitious, but so far it worked. We do not know for now of course if they can shoulder the massive amount of calls especially if the slate has spread across the country.

There’s still a lot more to talk about in this slate, but these are so far the highlights that you must not miss. Price starts at $229 for the 16GB version, which is by all means cheap and friendly for all the innovations the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX promises. Experience-wise? It’s amazing, more if you are a Prime member.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 10,500.00

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