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Kindle Fire HD And The Mobile Arms Race

Lauded as one of the most impressive-looking devices in the seven-inch tablet PC category, the Amazon tablet reboot, now being called the Kindle Fire HD, is turning some heads. It’s easy to discuss the tablet in light of the near-magical display and the vastly improved Kindle Fire interface. However, some of the most impressive aspects of the tablet speak volumes about how mobile hardware and platform development trends really do inform the present and future realities of modern mobile devices. The fact of the matter is we, as hefty data consumers, have come to expect certain things from our Android tablets: beautiful interfaces, amazing video quality and excellent feature sets.

Under the hood: The Kindle Fire HD

In looking at the season’s most flashy seven-incher, you have to understand that the tablet is exactly that: flashy. Looking back on the original version of this tablet, it felt a lot like a rushed job. It was almost like Amazon needed to have something on the market, even if it wasn’t stellar. The good news is this tablet is definitely a step in the right direction. The graphics are incredible, the interface is impressive and the onboard audio is definitely something to write home about. Behind all that, however, is a relatively sluggish processor.

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While a 1.2-GHz processor doesn’t necessarily put the Kindle Fire HD into a tortoise-like situation with tablet computing, it does raise some questions as to how much of an upgrade it really is on the processing level. That said, with a better graphic display, more onboard memory and a slightly faster processor, Amazon really delivered on their promise they would build a better tablet.

Processing Android tablets

Trends in tablet computing have and will continue to dictate that faster is always better. As the need for better graphics – particularly with 3D and augmented reality app development – the need for not just faster but better processing dramatically increases. In short, the future of mobile processing and tablet PC technology are for all intents and purposes inseparable.

Take the Snapdragon processor for instance. It’s now powering some of the most groundbreaking Android-powered tablet devices. These processors strike a delicate balance between smart engineering and performance because they’re built with high performance mobile apps in mind. Each processor comes equipped with an integrated Adreno GPU as well.

Delving into the new Kindle tablet isn’t necessarily a question of quality. It really is a great looking device and performs adequately. The question is more about technology. Did Amazon’s hardware development team make the smartest choice going with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Texas Instruments processor? That’s debatable. Was it a good choice? Yes. The Kindle Fire HD isn’t the fastest tablet on the block, but it can certainly hold its own. But will the Kindle HD hold up against faster tablets in its same market? As these things usually go, time will tell.

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