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4.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Christmas present - better than iPad due to cost, 26 Dec 2012
I wanted a kindle fire hd for Xmas but I was a little unsure if it would be any good, after reading some negative reviews. My partner also has a new iPad which is excellent, though a bit heavy for reading. However, I'm extremely delighted with it. I mostly wanted it for uni, so I can access free English literature books with audio (I've basically downloaded my whole primary reading list for free - Bleak House, North & South, Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, Castle Rackrent, Tess of the d' Ubervilles, etc), but I also wanted to browse the net and play music, view photos, use Facebook, etc.
The kindle is light, snazzy, and multi functional, for all my needs. I managed to Bluetooth music and pictures from my phone onto the device and cloud, download most apps I have on the iPad, except itv player, 5 & 4 on demand. I bought a hd/mini hd cable from an Amazon seller for £3.85 to connect to my tv so I can watch youtube programmes (Bleak House in hd from youtube works fine, though it doesn't really display in hd it's better than the regular version on YouTube). My music plays through my tv with the cable, and uses the tv speakers. The speakers on the actual kindle are pretty good. I'm yet to download or Bluetooth a video onto it, and have read the reviews regarding issues such as only being able to subscribe to Lovefilm or something. The screen is very clear, but probably too small for me to watch films on (though I suppose I could connect it to the tv with the cable).
My Samsung mini hd phone charger works fine so use this if you have one instead of buying an over priced charger, or just use the cable supplied.
Only minor downsides for me are the fact that the volume button is difficult to feel or see in dim light, so I have to keep turning the device around to adjust this. The screen is a bit small for browsing the net compared to the iPad, but it will be lighter and more convenient to travel with, and you can still pinch the screen to zoom. I'm yet to attempt to connect my email addresses to it. I have a talk talk account, which I think will be a little more complicated to register, after briefly viewing the registration options (POP code, IE address and other confusing terms required, unless there is a simpler way I'm yet to discover). The predictive text can also be annoying (I'll look later for an off button).
I'm not sure about the purpose of Amazon Prime. You get a 1 month automatic free trial. I download a Mr Man book for my niece yesterday, which I'm now stuck with for the month. I wouldn't really want to spend £49 per year for this type of subscription (there are enough cheap or free books out there - the 99p kindle books sale is also on today), even if I can sample books before 'borrowing' one a month. I don't really need a one day delivery service from Amazon when buying other products.
Overall I'm delighted with my kindle and I would have bought it if I didn't get one for Christmas. There are plenty of shops where you can try before you buy, so definitely have a go so you can see if it's for you. The kindle is only a front shop for Amazon if you let it be (which some reviewers have remarked), and the adverts aren't actually that annoying.