A few months back I bought a Kindle Fire HD 6” as I needed another tablet. At one time or another I’ve used an iPad, a Nexus 7 and a Tesco Hudl (1st generation) and figured I’d give the Kindle Fire a blast, especially as it clocks in at just £79.
I really only bought it as a surfing and email device, and to be honest that’s all I do on my tablets anyway. They seem to occupy a weird place between phones and computers, you can’t really do any work on them – not the type of work I want to do anyway (design stuff) and they don’t provide a great deal of functionality that smart phones don’t already have.
All that said, I’ve been pretty happy with the Kindle Fire HD 6, it’s a solid little unit, quite chunky in the hand but I like that. I like it to feel like it’s going to be able to take a little bit of a beating as my 3 year old son will almost certainly attempt to destroy it at some point.
Despite having used Android and iOS devices before I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from Kindle’s operating system Fire OS. I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s easy to navigate and operates as you’d want. The app store contains a lot more than I expected. I wasn’t sure how well supported apps would be on Fire OS but so far so good. I’m yet to encounter an app that I actually want that’s not available.
The one issue that I’ve not yet managed to work out on Fire OS is how to close running apps? On Android and iOS you can just swipe them away but there doesn’t seem to be an option to do this here. As yet my Kindle Fire has been running fine so I’m not sure how it deals with apps running in the background. I’d expect to see a solution on this on a future update.
One thing you will have to get used to is Amazon’s advert’s. They sit on the lock screen hoping to tempt you in. It’s a bit of an annoyance but is easily bypassed. In some instances the ads are pretty useful too, you never know you might actually see an ad for something that will help you out. Ok that’s less likely but it has happened to me a couple of times.
All in all I’m hugely impressed with the Kindle Fire HD, it packs a hell of a punch for a tablet at this budget and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cheaper tablet.