Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Review: Size Matters
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon's
Amazon was kind enough to send me the 7-inch version of the recently announced to review.
When the device was announced, my reaction to it was muted, perhaps even negative. But after using it for a few days, my impressions are more positive, and it's likely to sell better than the previous versions as the online retailing giant continues to refine its hardware offerings and push sales.
The first thing you'll notice about the new Kindle Fire is the glossiness of the screen. Amazon packed the screen with 323 pixels per inch (ppi), one area where the Kindle outshines Apple's
The operating system, Fire OS 3.0, is much smoother than it was on last year's tablet, and browsing and navigating through the tablet is a definitely breeze. Fire OS 3.0 is built on Google's
An Amazon spokeswoman said Fire OS will be updated in mid-November as the company continues "to sand the edges
Watching movies on the device is a pleasure, as it was last year. This year, the HD is true HD, and while it still requires a bit of time for the HD to "load," it's a vast improvement. I found myself using X-Ray, the feature using Amazon's IMDB website to look at actors names, and tidbits and trivia about World War Z, and felt that it added to the experience. There's still no 16:9 aspect ratio on the device, so watching movies in the letter-box format is still somewhat unpleasant.
X-Ray for Music is also cool as it actually shows you the lyrics to the song you're playing that you've purchased from Amazon. I'm happy to report that I now know all the lyrics to Blurred Lines (though that's knowledge I probably could do without).
The Kindle Fire HDX continues to have terrific sound, using Dolby
An additional feature (of course for an additional price), is Amazon's unique Origami cover. The cover folds into a stand to make video watching and Web browsing much easier than with last year's case. The iPad already offers a fold-able case to allow for this, but this shows that Amazon is continuing to catch up to the competition and refine its efforts, even if it is taking longer than it should.
Buying apps, videos, books, magazines, and shopping on Amazon's website are a breeze. Amazon has made the integration seamless, and given that it's Amazon primary motive for selling the device, it should be.
One innovative feature which I did like was the Mayday button, Amazon's feature to help users who have troubles with their tablets. An Amazon Tech Advsor will access your device remotely, within 15 seconds or less, and help you with your queries. It's still not fully staffed, since the device doesn't start shipping yet, but it is a nice feature which I initially questioned.