The Kindle Fire HDX VS Kindle Fire HD War- The X-Factor Kindles A Fire HDX Win

The Kindle Fire has managed to kindle much brouhaha against the Apple iPad Air. While we had been toying with the idea of buying the iPad Air over the ever-elusive Google Nexus 10, we got hands on Kindle Fire HDX. The X is very much in place despite barely noticing much difference in specs between the two at the outset.

The upgrade to HDX for HD will burn a 90-dollar hole into your wallets. We wonder if this indeed is worth the moolah.

Check out the glaring wow-specs that the Kindle HX features over the Kindle HD. The newest kid on the block boasts: 

  • Enhanced display
  • Buffed up battery life
  • A rear shutter
  • Video chat spec
  • Pumped up processor
  • Stylish and sleek

The Kindle Fire HD has reigned the budget tab category for some time now. We guess it needs to give way to the HDX.

There are similarities between the two Kindle kids yes, but are restricted to the following

  • Parental control
  • 7-incher display size
  • Dolby audio
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free access to video, eBook and HD stream downloads1186069_245710068886958_860671331_n

All said and done, the Kindle HDX seals its place on the storage front. The models are available in 16, 32 and 64 GB variants against the erstwhile 8 and 16GB HD tabs.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: A Premium Phablet or an Economical Tablet?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has won hearts all over the world, notwithstanding its price-tag. But today, we’re comparing the Galaxy Note 2 with some of the more affordable best-selling tablets to see if they’d make for a suitable alternative instead. So, do the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD stand a chance against this bestselling phablet?

Form factor: Now, the main differentiator between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD is that the former can be used as a smartphone. So, you can make calls, send and receive SMS’s, in addition to doing everything else that a tablet does. But, it does have a smaller screen than the tablets. While the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have 7-inch displays, the Galaxy Note 2 is smaller, with a 5.55-inch display. All these devices have full HD displays, but the Galaxy Note 2 pips the others with its 265 ppi resolution against their 216 ppi resolution screens.  In addition, it comes with the S-Pen functionality, which can be used for easy note taking and scribbling on the device.

Tech specs: In terms of processing power, the Galaxy Note 2 packs a punch with its quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, making it suitable for those looking to run very heavy apps smoothly. However, if intense processing is not what you want, and you’re primarily looking for a decent device for gaming, email, browsing, etc. the Nexus 7 with its quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD with its dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM should suffice comfortably.

In terms of internal storage, Samsung has put in 64 GB of memory within the Galaxy Note 2 and has also included a microSD card slot, should you require more space. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are available with space only up to 32 GB for the high end models.

Camera: Without a doubt, the phablet has a superior camera – an 8 MP one in the rear as well as a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. But, if you are happy with your current smartphone and are just looking for a device that can let you access the internet, we don’t think you’d be too disheartened with both tablets’ front cameras.

The Kindle Fire HD still runs on Android 4.0, while the Nexus 7 is available with Android 4.2 and the Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1.2. Both the tablets are available in the $199-$299 range, while the Galaxy Note 2 will set you back by over $800 for the unlocked version.… Read the rest

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Kindle Fire HD vs Apple’s iPad: Kindle Still Has A Long Way To Go

Earlier this month, Amazon had unveiled its Kindle Fire 2 HD tablet, which did take the spotlight for offering all features one would look for in a tab at a much lower cost than the Apple’s iPad.

Amazon is offering these tabs in two versions, 7-inch and 8.9-inch model. The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch model will be shipped this Friday. And the bigger version, 8.9-inch version will be out on November 20th.

However, getting hands on these tabs make you feel they are nice but not great when compared with Apple’s iPad. We are getting you a review of the 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 HD before it hits the shelves so that it’s easy for you to decide whether to splurge on it or rather go and buy Apple’s iPad.

To start, let’s take a look at the most prominent and noted feature- the screen. With a bright light and no glare, the Kindle Fire HD offers you a clear and easy-to-read screen. It has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which does offer vivid colors as compared to its predecessors, but stays few steps back Apple’s iPad, which has the highest color accuracy at a 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Getting the Kindle Fire HD high marks were its battery life of 8 hours, enhanced access to cloud storage, and the introduction of a physical volume button and camera.

Also the main focus of the Kindle Fire HD stays on media consumption. The device offers three video-streaming options including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and for members- Amazon Instant video. Apple’s iPad also has access to Amazon Instant video service. Also both the tabs have access to thousands of books and magazines for users to read. For music, both the tabs can have Amazon’s Cloud Player, Pandora, and Spotify. But iPad has iTunes, which the Kindle Fire doesn’t.

iPad also beats the Kindle Fire in terms of games as the former has more and better games as compared to the latter.

However, few other flaws were noted in the Kindle Fire HD. To start, there’s no fully stocked app store whereas Apple offers over 700,000 apps in its Apple App Store. Then there’s lack of a memory card to add to its 16GB or 32GB of memory. Also Amazon sells this device with advertisements, however, there’s also an ad-free version, which can be bought by giving $15 more.
The Kindle Fire HD does make a decent buy at a lower cost. It’s definitely a step ahead its predecessor. It’s sleeker and faster.
But when compared with Apple’s iPad or even Google’s Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD got a long way to go. The device still needs to work on a lot of areas to offer users the best tab experience.

It will be out in two versions such as 16GB and 32 GB models. The price of 7-inch Kindle Fire HD starts $199, while the 8.9-inch version will cost $299. That’s a lot less than 4G version of iPad, which starts at $629.… Read the rest

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Stories You Missed last Week Amidst New Launches, Speculations, and Patent-Wars…

September started off on a busy note. The first week of the month, has till now, marked the release of many devices in not only technology, gadgets, tablets or smartphones world but also in the gaming sector. Jam-packed with press events slated to release the latest and most innovative devices, there are few stories as reported in an article by the that we could have missed on!

Starting with the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent battle to Amazon releasing its revamped Kindle Fire to Samsung, Nokia, and Motorola Mobility- announcing their latest smartphones- the month has been a witness to a lot of technological advancements and rivalries.

And then there was Facebook-Instagram deal going all official and just recently Google buying VirusTotal. The stories were never-ending.

So here let’s take a quick read at the stories we missed.

Keep your pockets tight, a new iPod might be on the line…. Like really!

Ahead of Apple’s press event slated for Wednesday, there are rumors that 12th is going to be awesome not only iPhone fans for all music buffs! How? There are rumors that Apple might also announce a revamped iPod touch and iPod Nano with Wi-Fi along with a ‘iPad Mini’ and iPhone 5. Isn’t that good news?

So let the announcement come, and Apple stores near you will be filled with colorful iPods in all shapes, colors, and sizes!

No more tweets from Mac? Yes, that’s true!

Maybe it’s time for Apple Mac users to find another source to tweet from other than the Mac. According to MG Sielgler, blogger-turned-investor, Twitter has decided to stop supporting Twitter for Mac. Don’t consider it as bad news! If you see Twitter app for Mac, it’s not been updated since 1st June 2011.

Siegler of techcrunch tweeted on Thursday. He wrote, “They won’t kill it outright, but no further updates.” There were also rumors that Apple was in plans to buy Twitter Inc, which is going to be big, if it ever happened.

In a war of most tweets per minute record, Obama wins the race!

The President Barack Obama surely knows how much impact he has on people. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Obama generated 52,757 tweets per minute.

Mitt Romney’s speech, however, didn’t get quite the same response. The Republican nominee generated 14,000 tweets per minute. This set a new record political movement on Twitter, good news for Obama, especially as the race for President heats up.

Now it’s Google vs. FBI. The fight to unlock pimp’s phone!

A legal battle is brewing between the FBI and Google as the former is trying to force the latter to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone.

Now even with a search warrant, Google has refused to unlock the smartphone of the suspect. Sorry, no pimp data for you, FBI.

Google’s refusal sparked a story in the WSJ, where it mentioned how muddy legal standards are linked with third-parties unlocking smartphones on behalf of the government. In case the federal agents won’t get access to a suspect’s phone, they’ll turn to software makers for help, and sometimes they’ll come with a warrant. Whether the law actually requires companies such as Google and Apple to comply with these warrants isn’t all that clear.

Kindle Fire HD integrates Bing and not Google

Amazon recently announced its latest Kindle Fire HD. Going on a head-to-head competition with Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad, Amazon will now direct mobile searchers to Microsoft’s Bing search engine instead of Google. Epic!

Bing remains the search engine for the Kindle Fire HD device. Looks like Amazon and Google are no longer friends!

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility.

First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race?

For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath these 3 tablets.

Screen Size: If you’re all about the screen size, then the iPad 3 should be your obvious choice. Sporting a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Nexus and Kindle Fire’s 7-inch screens, you can view text and images much better without doubt. However, to go up against the iPad, Amazon has even launched the Kindle Fire HD in an 8.9-inch screen model, which can definitely change the game with regards to this category.

Connectivity Options: Here’s where the competition begins to heat up and consumers get a variety of options. If you’re looking for a tablet with only Wi-Fi connectivity, all these tablets can be considered, including the 2 versions of Kindle Fire HD, the iPad and the Nexus 7. But go beyond the Wi-Fi access, and your choices narrow down to the iPad, which offers GSM and CDMA connectivity, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which gives you LTE connectivity options for much faster browsing speeds.

Storage: In terms of storage, we have to say that unfortunately the Nexus 7 takes a beating with a limitation of only up to 16 GB space, while even the Kindle Fire HD 7 gives you up to 32GB of space. Want more? The iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 go up to 64GB of storage space, which we think is far more than just ample.

Cameras: Now, this is where the Kindle Fire HD becomes the surefire winner, with its HD front facing camera, as opposed to the Nexus 7’s 1.2MP and iPad’s VGA equivalent. However, if you’re going to need a camera in the back as well, consider only the iPad 3 with its 5MP camera.

Weight: Not surprisingly, the Nexus 7 is the lightest among these tablets at just 0.75lbs, with the Kindle Fire HD 7 coming in second, weighing 0.87lbs. Between the larger screen options, however, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 takes a narrow lead, weighing 1.25lbs when compared to iPad 3’s 1.33lbs.

Applications: While the iPad and Nexus 7 respectively lets you download apps from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, the Kindle Fire users can download apps onto their devices from Amazon’s Appstore.

Price: This is of course the one category that everyone’s most interested in, and boy, do we get a wide variety of choices here. The 7-inch version of Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 come in 2 price variants – $199 and $249, while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $599. Definitely more value for money than the iPad 3, we must say, which starts at $499 and goes up to $829.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Launched, A Challenge for iPad?

The world’s largest internet retailer Amazon on Thursday took covers off its latest offering- a 4G tablet that’s designed with HD and is a lot cheaper than the Apple’s iPad.

Amazon uncovered four new tablets and a new e-reader: the light-up Kindle Paperwhite e-ink reader, which is an innovative and latest version of the Kindle Fire. The company also launched three versions of an enhanced tablet that it named the Kindle Fire HD.

Offering devices with price tags ranging from $159 to $599, these new tabs designed by Amazon make a great buy as they offer some features just as Apple’s iPad, but at a much lower costs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD is designed with ads called ‘special offers’, which has helped the firm keep the prices low.

The announcement by Amazon included a 4G LTE-enabled, 8.9-inch, 32GB tablet that’s priced at $599, whereas if you see Apple, a 32GB iPad with a 4G connection costs $729. Quite a difference!

However, if you compare, there are also some differences between the two tabs. The iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and comes with iCloud storage and a lot more variety of applications as compared to the latest Kindle Fire HD.

Amazon offers a $50 per year data plan for its tablet for the plan that comes with just 250 MB of data whereas AT&T’s plan is $14.99 per month for the same amount.

The Kindle Fire HD is great for some light e-mail and Web surfing.

Jeff Bezos, chief executive, Amazon said, “We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” at the conference in California.

With such low prices, it’s going to be a good tab race and beating the price Amazon offers is going to be tough for all rivals.

Amazon’s new e-reader is $69 and has a built-in, adjustable light, which will make users read e-ink in the dark.

With twice as much RAM and an improved battery life, the new Kindle Fire will cost $159, which is $40 less than its predecessor.

The Kindle Fire HD line that got the attention is launched by Amazon with two options. The model with a seven-inch screen is priced at $199 with a choice of 16 GB or 32 GB storage and 3G connectivity. This model will also have the dual-WiFi antennas and speakers. Then there is an 8.9-inch version, which is made with the same specifications as the other model but will come with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Launching a 4G tablet has made it clear that Amazon is taking a direct stand in the tab market, with its main competitor being Apple.

Now only time will see if Amazon Kindle Fire HD becomes a preferred tablet of users to access media over the Internet, read books, play games, watch movies, and do Skype chatting with friends and family!

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