Categories: Kindle Fire

In our earlier Kindle Fire HDX Review, we discussed 15 compelling reasons to buy a New, 3rd Generation Kindle Fire HDX tablet. Here we discuss the apparent shortcomings of the Fire HDX. With the 2012 Kindle Fire HD tablets, there were clear limitations and we discussed them here. Amazon seems to have rectified most of those with their 2013 models, however, there are still a few issues remaining although they’re not serious problems for most people.

Limitations still existing on the Fire HDX tablets

Issues of the 2012 HDs fixed on the 2013 HDXs

TOP 5 limitations of the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX tablets

Here we list the TOP 5 shortcomings of the 3rd generation Kindle Fire HDX tablets. However, you will agree that none of them are really really serious ones.

  1. No expandable memory – Memory still cannot be expanded with a memory card as there isn’t an SD card slot. However, this year, Amazon introduced a 64GB model for both 7″ and 8.9″ versions. So depending on your needs, you have the freedom to pick a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Fire HDX. For 7″ HDXs, each additional 16GB costs $40 while for 8.9″ HDXs, each additional 16GB costs an additional $50. You could buy a 16GB SD card for less than that nowadays. Also, you have to make the decision about the storage limit at the time of making the purchase whereas if there was an SD card slot, you could always ‘expand’ the memory if and when you have the requirement on any future date! Similar to the Kindle Fire range of tablets, the iPad doesn’t have an SD card slot either.
  2. No NFC – It would have been nice if the Kindle Fire HDXs also had NFC, “Near Field Communication” to transfer data wirelessly over short distances, . However, this is NOT a BIG Deal as far as we’re concerned! You can transfer most files/pics etc. using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but it’s not quite as ‘cool’ as tapping 2 tablets/phones with NFC and transferring data!
  3. They took the micro-HDMI port out – I have connected my 2012 Kindle Fire HD to my LG HDTV many a time and found it a very useful feature. However, they took it out of the HDXs. This is likely because of the new Second-screen/’Fling’ technology where you can just fling what you’re watching on the HDX ‘over-air’ wirelessly to your HDTV, Sony PSP etc. May be this will work as a workaround
  4. No access to the Google Play store – Android apps you have already bought through the Google Play Store cannot be accessed from the Kindle Fire HDX. If you want to use them in your Fire HDX, you have to purchase them again from the Amazon Android app store. Having to buy the same thing twice SUCKS! (pardon the French please)
  5. No access to Core Android services – the fact that they upgraded from Android 2.0 Ice-cream sandwich to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is awesome. However, the Android system is still forked/altered. This means some of the core Android services like Google’s voice search function (way better than Siri in our opinion) and turn-by-turn Navigation software are not available for HDX users. There are turnarounds in the form of this FREE app and this FREE Navigation App. But for someone who’s already used to the original Google apps, these alternatives may not do the trick!

Last year, we made a list of TOP 10 Negatives of the 2012 Kindle Fire HDs. Of the 10 concerns we had on the 2012 Fire HD tablets, Amazon clearly got rid of 7 of them in the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX tablets as shown below.

  1. No rear camera – 7″ HDXs still don’t have rear cameras, but the 8.9″ HDXs got an 8MP rear camera. As we pointed out last year as well, “most people are probably not going to use the Kindle Fire as a camera. Besides, you’re probably going to look like a fool if you go around taking pictures/videos with a 7″ or 8.9″ tablet computer”
  2. GPS – the 4G models got a GPS sensor!
  3. No 4G LTE or 3G on the 7″ version – our prayers were answered
  4. No Siri like feature – there still isn’t such a feature, but like one of our readers suggested, you can always use a FREE app like this one
  5. The operating system is NOT Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, instead it’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – it is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean this time! Yay!
  6. Can’t easily access the camera for taking photographs and videos – this time around, there is a custom camera app!
  7. Can’t easily access the photographs and videos you make with the camera – there’s a built-in app and many other apps for that kind of thing!

What are you waiting for? Pick the Kindle Fire HD/HDX of your choice below

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 2 Versions Available
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