Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

AMA­ZON HAS OPENED ITS DOORS and fi­nally launched its Kin­dle tablets and e-book read­ers in In­dia. But does the Kin­dle Fire HD 7 have enough power to out­shine the Nexus 7 or the iPad Mini? Here is our take.

As soon as we opened the box and pow­ered the Fire HD, we fell in love with the hard­ware. Rarely do we come across tablets that are so finely de­signed. The front has the 7-inch dis­play with 1280x800p res­o­lu­tion sur­rounded by a thick bezel with the cam­era sit­ting on the top cen­tre. Weigh­ing 395 grams, it doesn’t feel too heavy to hold.

You need an Ama­zon ac­count to log in and sync all your old pur­chases. While the Fire HD is based on An­droid, the in­ter­face has been tweaked and does not bear any sim­i­lar­ity with other An­droid tablets. Ama­zon has a cu­rated app store in­stead of Google Play with all pop­u­lar apps.

Watch­ing movies and videos over the Fire HD 7 was im­pres­sive. The sound com­ing from the tiny speak­ers was fur­ther en­hanced when we turned on the Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus. The Fire HD lasted us a week with a cou­ple of hours of read­ing daily.

8.9" KIN­DLE FIRE HD RE­VIEW BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Good value for money if you love Kin­dle

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` 15,999

SPECS: 7 inch dis­play; An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem; 1.2GHz dual core pro­ces­sor; 16GB on­board stor­age, no ex­pand­able mem­ory card slot; Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth

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