The Amazon All-New Kindle Fire HDX Design
Last year’s Kindle Fire tablets were bulky, substantial, and seemed to prioritize durability over comfort. The Fire HDX 7 is much more thoughtfully designed. Its corners aren’t as rounded as I usually like, but it’s well-balanced and really comfortable to hold in one hand. It’s light without feeling too airy.
Both the power button and volume rocker have been moved to the back, and while they’re easier to find and press compared with the old Fire HD, I’m not sure it’s the best solution. It’s fine when held in landscape mode — the rear edges can be used as a tactile guide — but it’s annoying when I want to quickly wake it from sleep, but have to pick it up first to reach the back instead of just tapping a button on its side.
There’s a Micro-USB port on the left edge and a headphone jack on the right. The Micro-HDMI port from last year’s Fire has been exorcised in favor of a new video fling feature we’ll get to later. The front-facing camera returns along with an actual camera app this time, but there’s no rear camera.