Author: Bob Buskirk
Kindle Fire HD Overview
Every tablet I’ve ever owned has been in the 8.9-10” range so I was really surprised at the size of the Kindle Fire HD. The official dimensions are 7.6” x 5.4” x 0.4” and it weighs in at 13.9oz. Since this is the Fire HD and not the normal Fire you have a 1280 x 800 HD LCD screen. There is also a self-facing camera that can be use for taking photos and videos as well as to be used for things like Skype.
As far as connections and buttons there are not that many on the Kindle Fire HD. On the right side (from landscape orientation) you have a headphone connection, volume up / down buttons and a small power button. On the bottom of the device you have the proprietary USB charging port and mini HDMI port if you wanted to output to a TV or other display.
The back of the device has a rubberized finish which makes it very easy to pick up and hold in your hand. It also cuts down on the amount of scratches you are going to get on your device. Along the back is the “Kindle stripe” which you will find on all of the new Kindle’s. This plastic strip has the Kindle logo on it and on each side are the two stereo speakers.
If you did notice there is no expansion provided for the Kindle Fire HD. Many Android tablets have microSD slots for expanded storage, but this tablet does not. So you limited to 16GB or 32GB depending on which Kindle you order. The Kindle Fire HD is powered by a Dual-core 1.2Ghz OMAP 4460 processor with 2GB of memory, it has dual WiFi antennas, Bluetooth and the touchscreen supports 10 point touch. Amazon also says you should get 11 hours of battery life.