Kindle Fire Review

Posted by Mayank on September 6, 2012 in Kindle

The new Kindle Fire packs in much more punch than the original Kindle Fire and is now only $159. That’s absurd!

It’s Kindle Fire HD is $199 and ships September 14. The large one is $299 and ships November 20. That’s not all! There is much more in store. 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!

As you might have noticed, Amazon closed doors on the sale of Kindle Fire a few days back, announcing it has been sold out. Today, Jeff Bezos announced Kindle Fire, a new device, which packs in a lot more punch and comes in at $159. Kindle Fire will be available from September 14th and is now available for pre-orders.

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Quick Look

Rating: ★★★★½

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

Kindle Fire Review

Kindle Fire now packs in 40% faster performance, twice the memory and longer battery life. Features of Kindle Fire include:
  • 7″ multi-touch color display; 1024×600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, IPS (in-plane switching) technology
  • Thinner, lighter, and durable : 7.44″ x 4.72″ x 0.45″ in size, weighs 14.1 ounces and 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic.
  • A new 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, which makes Kindle Fire 40% faster than its predecessor.
  • Kindle Fire comes with 8 GB on-device memory. You’ll also get free, unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content.
  • A longer battery life, with up to 9 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
  • Charging time: 3 hrs using Kindle PowerFast. 11.5 hours when using computer.
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflix,TwitterHBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Buy Once, Enjoy everywhere. Access to your content was never easier. The books, videos, apps, audiobooks, games, and music that you buy for your Kindle Fire can also be enjoyed on Amazon apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, game consoles, TVs and more.
  • Supported formats include Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)

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Kindle Fire’s new user interface makes it easier than ever to find and enjoy your favorite titles. Spin through recent content straight from your home screen. Pin favorites and access at a touch. Kindle Fire gets you started quickly and easily, whether you’re in the mood to watch, read, listen, or play, .

Kindle Fire comes pre-registered to your Amazon.com account so you can get started right away, including having immediate access to any previously purchased content you may have.

Innovative Features in Amazon Kindle Fire

  • X-Ray for Movies: Kindle Fire 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 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, 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.

Kindle Freetime

Kindle FreeTime is a new and free service for parental controls on Kindle Fire. 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 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 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.

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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.

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 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 – 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 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.

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Office Work

Kindle Fire 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.

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 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

compare kindle fire amd kindle fire hd

 

Conclusion

Kindle Fire 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: ★★★★½

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

Recommended Accessory:

Kindle Fire Genuine Leather Cover

Kindle Fire Genuine Leather Cover has the following features:

  • Certified “Made for Kindle” accessory (Kindle Fire)
  • Durable, genuine leather folio lined with soft microsuede for enhanced protection against impact and scratching
  • Transforms to stand the Kindle Fire in 2 angles ideal for viewing and display
  • Built-in interior hand strap for improved grip and hold during usage
  • Convenient, high-grade elastic strap holds the lid open or closed
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.

 

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