Kindle Fire HD Review

Posted by Mayank on September 7, 2012 in Kindle

Kindle Fire, which was introduced last year for $199 is now available for $159 and Kindle HD has now replaced it for the same price – $199. Kindle Fire HD packs in much more punch than the original Kindle Fire and comes at exactly the same price. This announcement has blown us away!

Kindle Fire HD ships October 25. It has a higher versions available as well. The large one is $299 and ships November 20. The Kindle Fire HD 4G, with LTE and 32GB storage for $499. And the data plan for the LTE is just $49 a year. It also ships November 20th. That is insane! Phew!

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Quick Look

Rating: ★★★★★

Kindle Fire HD is an absolutely awesome buy at $199. Get it now!

Availability: Kindle Fire HD is available for pre-order. It ships September 14th.

Here is our review of Kindle Fire HD. Have a look and decide whether Kindle Fire HD is the perfect product you were looking for.

Kindle Fire HD Review

Kindle HD Features:

  • 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Device size – 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″
  • Weight – 13.9 oz
  • 11 Hours Battery Life
  • Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, which gives you 40% faster downloads and streaming when compared to iPad3.
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Storage – 16GB or 32GB on device plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Supports 10 point multi touch.
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflix,TwitterHBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Kindle FreeTime – a personalized tablet experience just for kids. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child. Free on every Kindle Fire HD.

Detailed Review of Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD features a new 1280×800 high definition LCD display that brings your content to life. Kindle Fire HD uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) to improve color reproduction. But displays that only use IPS still appear washed out at various angles, such as laid sideways when reading in bed, laid flat on a table, or held between you and a friend when sharing a movie. Kindle Fire HD addresses this issue by applying an advanced polarizing filter directly to the LCD panel. This results in a display that shows the same deep contrast and rich, detailed color when viewed at any angle.
Kindle Fire HD has been pretty successful in reducing the screen glare. Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass – an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that’s easy to view, even in overhead light.

Awesome Sound Quality with Dolby Stereo

HD entertainment experience is never complete without awesome sound quality. Kindle Fire HD features exclusive, custom Dolby audio, dual-driver stereo speakers, and auto-optimization software for clear, crisp, balanced audio.
Kindle Fire HD uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience, with or without headphones. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology used to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows.
Kindle Fire HD is designed to automatically optimize the audio profile based on what you’re doing, such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype. It even optimizes the audio differently when you have headphones plugged in, so you can just sit back and enjoy.
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Super Fast Wi-Fi

HD content is useless without bandwidth. Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet to feature dual Wi-Fi antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology for powerful, HD-ready Wi-Fi. This allows reception or transmission over both antennas simultaneously to increase capacity and reliability. End result is fewer dropped connections and more than 40% faster media streaming.
Kindle Fire HD is capable of automatically switching between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, which will allow you to use this less congested 5 GHz band for better range and less interference.

11 Hours Battery Life

Kindle Fire HD is optimized to deliver high performance with low battery consumption, delivering over 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
Kindle Fire HD offers more storage than most other 7″ HD tablets, as well as free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content.

Office Work

Kindle Fire HD sports a new email app, which further simplifies sending mails, viewing attachments, and syncing contacts simple. It supports almost all the email providers – AOL, Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and more. Kindle Fire features full support for Exchange-based accounts making it easy to stay connected when you step away from the office.

Your weekend travel plans, the latest office report – keep your essential information close at hand and backed up on the cloud. Email spreadsheets, PDFs, Word docs and more directly to your device or upload from your PC or Mac using Amazon Cloud Drive.

Kindle Freetime

Kindle FreeTime is a new and free service for parental controls on Kindle Fire HD. Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. Parents can even set daily limits for Kindle Fire HD use and also restrict certain categories like games and videos, while leaving unlimited time for reading.

Kindle Freetime not only gives options to parents,, but, it also has a lot to offer for the kids. When kids use Kindle FreeTime, it’s like they have their very own, personalized tablet. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design. They only see the titles that they have access to see. The home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles. And, they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics – for example “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.”

Kindle Fire HD is designed to stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes. Display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, so when you leave the Kindle Fire with your child, you need not worry about the device.

Movie & TV Collection

You can rent or purchase over 120,000 titles, which include the biggest new releases and most popular titles from every major movie studio and TV network including Warner, Fox, Sony, Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Universal, Paramount, and more. Stream instantly over Wi-Fi or download to enjoy later.

Additionally, Amazon Prime members can enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 25,000 popular movies and TV episodes such asIron Man 2ThorRangoThe West WingGlee,SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation without having to pay an extra dime.

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Books & Magazines

Kindle Store has over 1.2 million of the most popular books and even millions of free, public domain books such as Pride and Prejudice. Kindle store has over 500 magazines, which include Vogue, National Geographic, Maxim, ESPN and many more.

Over 600,000 books are less than $4.99, over a million are less than $9.99. Additionally Amazon Prime members can borrow over 180,000 titles for free with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Also available is over 180,000 Kindle exclusive titles.

Songs

There are over 20 million songs available in Amazon’s MP3 library. Music you buy on the Kindle Fire HD is saved to the cloud for free, and you can play or download it anytime. You can import the rest of your music library to Amazon Cloud Player and play it wirelessly on your Kindle Fire HD – just tap Music on the Home screen to get started. Browse and search your library, create and manage playlists, play your music from the cloud, or download for offline playback. All your Amazon MP3 purchases and your first 250 imported songs are stored free.

Audiobooks

Audible offers more than 100,000 titles written by best-selling authors and performed by world-class professional narrators. Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off.

With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

Amazon Prime

With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can borrow any title from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no waiting and no due dates. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library features over 180,000 titles, including all 7Harry Potter books, and over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers.

Prime members also enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 25,000 popular movies and TV episodes such as Iron Man 2ThorRangoThe West WingGlee,SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation.

If you’re new to Amazon Prime, you get the first month as free and get unlimited streaming of hit movies and TV episodes, reading a Kindle book a month for free, and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. Arguably, it is one of the best bargain in the history of shopping.

Browsing

Kindle Fire HD has a new new, beautifully designed photo app, which makes it easy to swipe through albums, or step in to full-screen viewing. Just tap on individual images to email them to anyone you like.

You can download your albums from Facebook, or use the Amazon Cloud Drive desktop application to upload photos from your PC or Mac. Editing on your device is just as simple, with many popular photo editing apps available in the Amazon Appstore, such asPicSay ProPicShop, and Adobe Photoshop Express.

Web Browsing

Amazon Silk was introduced last year with the original Kindle Fire. It was touted as the fasted web browser. Kindle Fire offers a new version of Amazon Silk, a cloud-accelerated browser, which provides a further 30% reduction in page load times over the previous version.

Comparison of Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire

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Innovative Features in Amazon Kindle Fire HD

  • X-Ray for Movies: Kindle Fire HD uses the power of IMDb to bring Amazon’s exclusive X-Ray service to movies. Simply tap on any scene to instantly see which actors are currently on screen, jump straight to other movies in which they star, and more.
  • X-Ray for Books: Tap on any page as you read to access X-Ray, an easy way to uncover more from the books you love. Instantly find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia.
  • Immersion Reading: With Immersion Reading, the Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.
  • Whispersync for Voice: With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off. Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting.
  • Whispersync for Movies: Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire HD, pause, then resume watching straight from the same scene on your TV. Whispersync remembers your last scene watched across all your apps and devices.
  • Whispersync for Books: Automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. With Kindle reading apps available for phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, you can keep the story going wherever you are.
  • Whispersync for Games: There’s even Whispersync for Games! GameCircle titles with Whispersync automatically store your progress in the cloud, so you’ll never lose an unlocked level or saved game, even if you delete the game from your device.

Conclusion

Kindle Fire HD is an awesome buy at $159. We recommended the product last year – it quickly captured 25% of the tablet market, even while other iPad competitors struggled. This time Amazon has outdone itself. We wonder what else can you expect in a device which comes in at just a mere $159. Highly recommended.

Further details available at Amazon.

Rating: ★★★★★

Availability: Kindle Fire HD is available at Amazon for pre-order. Fire will be available on September 14th.

Recommended Accessory:

Kindle Fire HD Cover

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Kindle Fire HD comes with an innovative cover and has the following features:

  • Designed by Amazon to be the lightest and thinnest protective case for Kindle Fire HD 7″ (does not fit Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD 8.9″)
  • Wake or put your device to sleep by opening or closing the case
  • Secures your device without straps covering the front
  • Magnetic cover stays securely closed
  • Built-in stand allows for hands-free viewing

Details of Kindle Fire HD Cover are available at Amazon.

Amazon offers a 2-year warranty for Kindle Fire HD, which covers you against accidents starts the day your Kindle is shipped. It includes a mechanical and electrical breakdown coverage and lets you claim up to 3 claims during the term of your warranty. You receive a replacement Kindle 2-3 days after you make a valid claim without any deductibles or shipping fees. This 2-year warranty is fully transferable.

Demand for Kindle Fire HD is unprecedented. You can pre-order Kindle Fire HD now to reach you by Oct 1st, 2012.

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