The Kindle Fire HDX Overview
If you’re an active Amazon Prime member, you’d almost be doing yourself a disservice not to buy the Kindle Fire HDX 7. Its deep integration of Prime features like streaming video, video downloads, and the ability to borrow books makes the HDX feel like a required Prime member companion device.
If you’re not a Prime member and have no plans to become one, then the alternative 7-inch tablet options like the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini become a bit more appealing.
The Nexus 7 starts at the same price, gives you access to a much more open platform with an incredibly bright screen, a rear camera, and the promise of frequent Android OS updates. The iPad Mini is $100 more expensive, features a larger but lower-resolution screen, unimpressive gaming performance, but still has the best app ecosystem of any tablet OS. However, that tablet’s due for a refresh soon, so it’d be best to wait a few more weeks to see what new Apple has in store for the Mini.
In a few weeks Amazon will release an 8.9-inch version of the HDX with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution screen starting at $379. If you’re sold on the HDX, but desire a larger screen and don’t mind paying the higher premium, you should wait for the 8.9.
Also, if you’re excited about the Fire’s new video fling feature, it may be best to wait until it’s actually been implemented. In the same vein, Mayday is an excellent and innovative customer service feature, but Amazon may have trouble reaching that 15-second response time goal once it’s actually in the wild.
All that said, if you’re a Prime member looking for a small tablet, the HDX is a no-brainer. If you’re not a Prime member and don’t mind a closed — but vast — ecosystem, the HDX is an excellent reason to sign up for Prime.