As the quality of tablets has gone up, the minimum cost to get a halfway decent one has gone down. Read on, as Gizmag reviews one of Amazon's most aggressively-priced products yet, the US$99 Fire HD 6 tablet.
Amazon has announced an all new addition to its tablet line, known as the Fire HD Kids Edition. The device, which comes in 6 and 7-inch variants, is an augmented version of the company’s refreshed Fire HD tablets
, and packs a range of child-friendly features, from added durability to parental controls.
When the Kindle Fire HD was first announced
in 2012, it sneaked in at just under US$200. The just announced 6-inch version will cost half of that. Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos claims that the Fire HD 6 is the most powerful tablet for under $100.
If you own a Kindle Fire HD or HDX there might be some times when you’ll want to print an email, document, or web article from it. You can print directly to modern Wi-Fi printers. And since the Kindle Fire runs on Android, it’s easy to set it up to use Google Cloud Print and print to virtually any printer that’s connected to the web.
One of the main reasons to root your Kindle Fire
is so you can install the Google Play Store and have access to apps that can't be found in the Amazon Appstore. But if you're worried about voiding the warranty or dealing with the rooting process in general, you can sideload apps. The cool thing about this technique is it doesn't require you to root the device first. Here's how to get most
of the Google apps on your Kindle Fire HD
Apple's iPad and iPad mini may still rule the tablet roost, but Amazon's Kindle Fire lineup also knows how to draw a crowd. Is Apple's iPad mini a better buy than the upcoming Kindle Fire HDX
? Join Gizmag, as we put the two side by side, and see what happens.
, Amazon has updated its 7-inch Fire HD tablet, and added two new Fire HDX models. The new Fire HD is lighter than its predecessor, makes gains in the processor department and gets treated to a brand new operating system. The two HDX flavors both feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, have sharper displays than their stablemates and are available with up to 64 GB of storage.
Though the budget seven-inch tablet may have been pioneered by Barnes & Noble
, there's no question that the two dominant players in that field today are the Kindle Fire
and Nexus 7
. The 2013 version of the Nexus 7 is still hot off the press, while Amazon's 2012 Kindle Fire HD is nearing the end of its initial run. While the two are still going head-to-head, why not see how their specs and features compare?
It's a no-brainer that Amazon will announce new Kindle Fires
later this year. The company unveiled new tablets at around the same time the last two years, so we'd be shocked not to see an upgraded lineup at around the same time in 2013. A new report, however, claims to shed some light on the details of those upcoming Kindle Fire tablets.
The iPad still rules the tablet roost, with both versions
handily outselling all of its rivals. But Apple’s two biggest competitors, Amazon and Samsung, aren’t going anywhere. Their latest tablets – the Galaxy Note 8.0
and Kindle Fire HD 8.9”
– are both compelling alternatives to the iPad and iPad mini. Let’s compare the specs (and other features) of the Note 8 and Fire 8.9.