- No expandable memory – there isn’t a slot for a SD card. This would have been great, but then again, if you want more memory, you can buy the 32GB version. Don’t forget that there is unlimited space for Amazon content on their cloud. So it is very unlikely that you will want more space than the 16GB that comes with the $199 version. TOP SECRET TIP to exxpaaannnd memory! If you MUST HAVE more memory, there’s nothing stopping you from getting this FREE app that works with this gadget.
- No rear camera – there is only a front facing camera. This is great for Skype/video chat, however if you want to make a picture of something in front of you, the front camera doesn’t really help a lot. Then again, 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.
- No GPS - I love the GPS function on my iPad. Because the screen is huge (compared to the standalone GPS) the iPad does a great job as a GPS way more than the actual GPS does. It would have been nice to have this feature on the Kindle Fire HD too. However, you can get Google street maps etc. Anyways, it doesn’t make sense to have GPS without 3G. So it would have only made sense for the 8.9″ model with 4G LTE anyway. The 8.9″ model has some extra features that you want to check out. There is a version without 4G LTE as well and that starts at $299.
- No 4G LTE or 3G on the 7″ version – no mobile broadband. Only the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD comes with 3G/4G. This means that if you’re traveling you’re dependent on free Wi Fi hot spots or your hotel wireless internet connection. We all know how crappy the hotel/motel internet speeds can be sometimes. A $50/year 4G LTE would have been absolutely awesome on the 7″ Kindle Fire. May be Amazon wanted to keep away the $50/year deal from the masses and that’s the reason they didn’t build 3G in to the 7″ Fire HD. Surely, technology cannot be a problem here because the ‘basic’ ereaders which are much thinner than the Fire had 3G for ages! TOP SECRET TIP to get 3G to your Kindle Fire! If you must have 3G, you can have it! All you need is something like this gadget or this one and you have 3G on your Kindle Fire HD. You have internet on your Kindle Fire 2 where ever you may be, you have your own Wi Fi hotspot! How cool is that. Read our Never Ending list of Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts for more like that!
- Front camera picture quality is not so great under low light- if you’re using it for Skype, and if you’re under low lighting conditions, the picture becomes a tad bit grainy. If you’re outside or if there is plenty of light, this doesn’t happen and the picture quality is pretty good. You can check out the pictures and videos we made with the Kindle Fire HD front camera on Kindle Fire HD Camera Apps, Specs, Resolution and other Features
- No NFC – Near Field Communication to transfer data wirelessly over short distances. The Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Samsung Galaxy S III cell phones are examples for devices with NFC. However, you don’t need to worry about that too much because as we outline on Wireless transfer of files on Kindle Fire HD to your computer without micro USB cable, you can easily transfer files/documents/music/ photos/videos/ebooks/movies etc. etc. from your Kindle Fire to your PC or Mac easily using this awesome FREE app.
- No Siri like feature – the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 as well as the iPad 3 have Siri. Both the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II have a similar feature known as S voice. It would have been nice if the Amazon Fire also had one. Well the Kindle Fire HD, could have had one, had its operating system been Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, instead of being Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean has this voice command feature, but Ice cream sandwich doesn’t. One of our commenters asked why does even Jelly Bean and Ice cream sandwich matter, well this is why! Had the KF HD had Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it would have had a Siri like or better than Siri like feature!
- The operating system is NOT Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, instead it’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - on point 7 above, we explained why this matters
- Can’t easily access the camera for taking photographs and videos - it’s not easy if you don’t know how to do it. But if you read our Kindle Fire HD Camera Apps, Specs, Resolution and other Features or Never Ending List of Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, you know exactly how to do it with no more than a few clicks.
- Can’t easily access the photographs and videos you make with the camera - if you follow the instructions on point 9 above, you will find how to access the camera, how to access and share the photographs and make 1080p HD videos. But if you read How to transfer video recorded on Kindle Fire HD to computer or Wireless transfer of files on Kindle Fire HD to your computer without micro USB cable, you will also learn how to easily transfer them to your computer with or without using the USB cable.
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