The latest Amazon update brings us the Kindle Fire HDX tablet available in two sizes, an 8.9-inch model and a 7-inch model. In this article we will review the smaller model priced to compete with the Nexus 7. The 16GB model costs the same if you opt for special offers, meaning that you will accept adverts on the lock screen. Without the adds, the device costs $244, $15 more. [Not a valid template] Design When it comes to design, the Kindle Fire HDX reminds of the Kindle Fire HD with a no-nonsense finish and a tactile border around the display. If you flip it over, the Kindle reveals an angular design that adds some detail due to its tactile soft-touch plastic. Instead of the metal strip running across the back, there is a glossy plastic strip. Even if it houses speaker grilles, the plastic bar cheapens the look. Although the glossy back matches the logo, it is a fingerprint magnet. The 303g tablet is nice to hold, providing grip for your fingers. At only 186 x 128 x 9mm, the Fire HDX is portable and can fit into a large pocket. The buttons are positioned to be easy to use, but when you use the Origami Leather Cover you can’t reach them. Display Currently the tablet race is highly influenced by resolution, with displays becoming sharper every day. The Kindle Fire HDX does not disappoint, with its name inspired from the 1920 x 1200 pixels on a 7-inch display. The 323ppi are close to the iPad mini with Retina display and match that of Nexus 7. The display is bright and the viewing angles don’t disappoint. The warmer tone gives a nice punch and more vibrancy to the colors. Even the whites are good, although you can find brighter whites on other devices. The sharp display is packed full of detail and has plenty of brightness to combat reflections. Speakers The Kindle Fire HD with twin Dolby speakers demonstrated amazing sound quality last year. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX brings honor to the name with its impressive quality audio, one of the best you can find on such device. There is sufficient volume and detail for listening to music and matching video without headphones. The position of the speakers on the rear does not muffle the sound and the on-screen volume controls allows user to tweak the level by touch. Performance Along with the great audio and quality display, the small Kindle Fire HDX has plenty of power. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2 GB of RAM can rival the latest devices, including the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. As a result, apps are quick to open and everything runs smoothly. If you throw intensive tasks, the tablet will heat up around the back, but it isn’t a problem. Connectivity is good and the battery will allow 11 hours of play time and 17 hours of music playback.