Categories: Kindle Fire

shortcomings of the kindle fire hd


  1. 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. [hilight color=”FFFF00″]TOP SECRET TIP to exxpaaannnd memory![/hilight] If you MUST HAVE more memory, there’s nothing stopping you from getting this FREE app that works with this gadget.  [widget class=”text” id=”9″/]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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! [hilight color=”FFFF00″]TOP SECRET TIP to get 3G to your Kindle Fire![/hilight] 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!
  5. Front camera picture quality is not so great – 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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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14 Responses to “Top 10 Negatives of the Kindle Fire HD”
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  1. FG says:

    Does anyone know if the KF-HD 7″ 16GB unit supports Adobe Flash? I haven’t seen anything about and many apps require it like or

  2. Sheila says:

    Like someone earlier said I really don’t think you should expect a siri in a tablet. I’m surprised that so many people voted for that as a drawback of the kindle hd

  3. Bradman says:

    I want a small tablet , mainly for browsing the web, the odd game Angry birds for my 4 yr old rather than my work restricted laptop? Will the Kindle Fire HD do the job for me or not ?

    • Chase says:

      Definitely! That’s what my kids use my first generation Kindle Fire for. If that’s all you want, I’d even consider buying a first generation KF and saving the $40. But then again, the HD fire has some extra features that’s totally worth the $40. If I were you and the only thing it was used for was for angry birds, I would buy him the 1st generation KF!
      Sorry this reply is coming late, it had automatically gone in the spam comments folder!

  4. LB says:

    I think those are the stupidest and pickiest reasons to not like it. Its not a phone. ITS A TABLET. You want Siri and a rear camera GO GET AN IPONE.

    • Chase says:

      We don’t disagree :)

      We have said the exact same thing. But there are people all over the internet complaining about the lack of these two features. If I recall correctly, somebody said something like “if I’m reading a book on my patio and my cat does something silly, I need to be able to catch a photograph of that. I don’t want to switch to another device, I want to be able to capture that moment with the Kindle that’s on my lap”

      Siri for a tablet: can be awesome. Imagine voice commands like “put XXX YYY on my calendar for Monday 9am”. How easy would that be instead of opening the calendar and typing it up for Monday 9am? And then via Microsoft Exchange or whatever you use, it gets synchronized on all your devices!

  5. Mike C says:

    Though it is disappointing without 3G/4G access, I’m lucky to have a nice little work-around via my cell phone that I turn into a hotspot (rooted Android so no extra carrier fees).

  6. wendy says:

    tooooo baad there’s no 4g lte on the seven inch kindel fire. At 50 bucks a year, that would have been unbelievable.


  7. Mariah says:

    GPS wouldn’t matter anyway without 3G!!
    I don’t have one, but if I had a Fire, I would miss that camera I think

  8. Brad says:

    Android 4 vs 4.1!@# Who gives a SHIITT?

    • Chase says:

      I just answered your question. Sorry we didn’t elaborate on that before. Had there been Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), basically the Kindle Fire could have had a Siri or S voice! Would have been awesome, but Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) can’t do it!
      That’s why it’s an important deficiency of the KFHD

  9. Marty says:

    I have the original version as well as the HD version. I got the 32 gig version this time and I’m loving it. With the earlier one, I almost went full because I installed some hardcore game apps which were almost half a gig each. With the 32 gig HD, I don’t ever see a need for more hard drive! Well done amazon!

  10. Dave says:

    For me, the biggest bummer is the lack of 3G in the 7″ version. The only reason I got a Kindle Fire is because it’s 7″ and it’s easy to take with you, I travel a lot. And 3G would have been awesome. So I have to depend on the small screen of my phone whenever I need to check email etc!

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