Kindle Fire HDX reviews positive, but Google Play missed

Reviewers of Amazon's (AMZN) 7" Kindle Fire HDX generally find the tablet to be a big improvement over the 7" Fire HD. But while the reviews are positive, they're not quite glowing.

The Verge's David Pierce (7.8/10) calls the HDX's high-res display "gorgeous," its X-Ray media information service "insanely powerful," and its Mayday live video customer support service "brilliant." At the same time, the lack of Google Play support is said to make the HDX's functionality "severely limited." In addition to lacking Google's apps/services, there’s "no Netflix, no Candy Crush, few to-do list apps or big-name games."

Engadget's Brian Heater also takes aim at the lack of Google Play support, as well as the fact users have to pay an extra $15 to get rid of Amazon's ads. On the other hand, the HDX bested every Android tablet it squared off against in a battery life test. CNET (4/5 stars) praises the performance of the HDX's Snapdragon 800 CPU, as do others.

The Fire HDX's $229 price tag ($244 without ads) is soundly above that of many 7" Android tablets backed by Google apps/services, as Amazon's own site demonstrates. Amazon is offering a revamped Fire HD for $139 ($154 without ads), but its specs don't measure up to the HDX's.

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  • investingInvestor
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    Amazon Kindle HDX 7 will probably cannibalize Google Nexus 7. Google has just been Amazon'd!


    The Kindle HDX 7 gets over 2 times the battery life of Nexus 7. Amazon has bumped up all the important specs above the Nexus 7's level. Ouch!!!


    The Kindle HDX has access to all of Amazon's content and cloud. Wow!!!


    The Kindle HDX 7 is probably the world's greatest content consumption 7" display device.
    2 Oct 2013, 08:52 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    true, but Google, at least, makes a profit ;)


    Actually I am stoked on the Kindle. I've never owned one and am not an Amazon fan, but if I were to get a tablet it would probably be either a Kindle or an iPad, but given my current budget, the Kindle makes more sense.
    2 Oct 2013, 10:26 PM Reply Like
  • portatopia
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    There aren't a lot of apps on Kindle platform compare to google play store or apple iTunes. The resale value of used a Kindle is close to $0.
    2 Oct 2013, 11:20 PM Reply Like
  • b1gduk
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    Without full play store access to deliberately lock you into the Amazon ecosystem this device will never sell to its potential, but then I guess Amazon have done the maths. Maybe they make more money from selling fewer units to customers that buy Amazon Media than more Units to people who can buy services elsewhere. I choose to keep my options open so I avoid the Kindle. If they took the Tesco Hudl approach where users can buy Amazon through an app they can use or choose to ignore and go elsewhere then Amazon would truly be onto a winner with this device.
    21 Oct 2013, 09:21 AM Reply Like
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