Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDThe Kindle from Amazon has previously been about e-ink screens and very long battery life. Now this is about to change with the launch of the Kindle Fire HD in the UK featuring a full-colour 7 inch 1,280 x 800 IPS touch screen in place of the familiar black and white display, plus a front-facing HD webcam.

The Fire HD is heavier that the old kindle weighing in at 394g compared to the old kindle at 170g its also slightly larger to make space for Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP processor, 1GB RAM aand a choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

The Kindle Fire HD price-wise is a direct rival to the Nexus 7. Where Google uses the clean Android 4.2 front-end, Amazon uses a custom shop-front interface, providing a very different experience.

All the expected Kindle features are present you can search, annotate and bookmark and the X-Ray feature makes it easy to find characters, places or odd phrases. The only real downer is the physical page-turn buttons are gone so you have to swipe or tap the screen.

I feel that if you are looking for a 7 inch tablet with a lot of options and a very customisable interface then I would recommend the nexus 7. If on the other hand you are looking for something that has far fewer options and the interface fully set-up out of the box I would recommend the Kindle Fire HD