8,997 of 9,141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire HD - what is it for?
I hesitate to dip my toe in the turbulent waters of Kindle Fire HD customer reviews, but having owned the 32GB version for two weeks now my thoughts might be useful to some. I already own a Kindle 3G and a WiFi/3G Ipad, against which the Fire HD seems to be regularly compared against. The Kindle is primarily used to take books on holiday, and the Ipad is used at home...
Published 13 months ago by Stormcat
3,391 of 3,585 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Device Ruined by Amazon's Restrictive Software
This is a carefully considered review that acknowledges the good and bad fairly. I have been an Amazon customer for several years and have always praised Amazon's peerless customer service, its quick response and despite the criticisms here I happily acknowledge that my telephone complaints about this product were dealt with politely and generously. But this device has...
Published 12 months ago by R Young
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422 of 461 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING.,
This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)I can not enthuse enough! I don't know what I hoped for in the Kindle HD but it was far more than that! Between my books, the net, games and Apps I am having a great time, don't understand the half of what it can do but it is a computer in my pocket. Did I mention that I am 75?
198 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kindle hd,
This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)Arrived today, already read some bad reviews, well my opinion is , great for the money, everything works, there's people complaing Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - With Special Offers about apps, install your own, not difficult, just allow it, , settings, google it, flash working , so is u tube, bbci player working, these moaners havnt even got use to it or tried to install anything apart from amazon store,the only thing i see wrong with this is finding the on off and vol buttons in the dark,
BUY IT !
612 of 669 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DEVICE (SHAME ABOUT THE CONTENT),
This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)PROS:
- Nice, solid, heavy build quality means it feels great to hold. Rubber backing ensures a nice firm grip (lol)
- Quality 7" IPS 720p HD touchscreen delivers great colours from all angles and is great at countering glare
- Surprisingly good sound quality from stereo speakers - Custom Dolby Engine provides virtual surround sound
- Very Fast Wi-Fi with dual antennas and support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands - tested with Virgin Media 60mb
- 10+ hour battery life ensures the device will be able to get through a typical day with some juice left over
- Great selection of amazon mp3 music, kindle books and magazines to choose from
- Device is priced well and good value for money
- TV/Film streaming limited to Lovefilm's library which is not that great. The Americans get a far, far richer variety of
content & in better quality. Netflix UK offer a better selection of new content, and more content in high definition.
- Poor selection of apps/games compared to Google's full Playstore and the behemoth that is the iTunes app store. Amazon
limits what makes it to their own Apps for Android Store - it does a good job of cutting out the garbage, but a lot of the
good apps also get caught in the crossfire.
If you only use the Kindle for reading books then you can give this one a miss, the Kindle Fire HD is designed for much more
than just books, and the E-Ink Pearl screens on regular Kindles are still top dog for reading. I also would NOT recommend this
tablet for home use, its not a replacement for a full sized tablet like the iPad or Galaxy Tab.
However, it is a great, cheap, tough and portable tablet that you can throw in your coat or bag when you go travelling. It does
everything a full sized tablet does at a fraction of the price. Its comfortable to hold with one hand unlike a full sized tablet,
and its much tougher meaning a drop or two will not result in it shattering to pieces.
You might think a smartphone is enough for you when travelling, but reading books, browsing the web, and watching videos on a
bigger 7" screen is something smartphones cannot match. A 7" tablet like the Kindle Fire HD is perfect entertainment when travelling.
Although Amazon UK offers a great selection of books and music (easily comparable to iTunes), the video content from Lovefilm is
seriously lackluster, especially when compared to what Amazon US is getting. The majority of video content being standard definition
is quite laughable. Add to that the neutered Amazon Apps for Andorid Store, which results in a lot of great apps and games getting cut,
and the content lineup looks really poor.
The Kindle Fire HD is a great device and currently the best cheap, portable tablet on the market. Its only flaws are on the content
side of things, specifically apps, games, and video selection. If this bothers you then i suggest having a look at Apple's new iPad
Mini. They have the content side of things well covered with iTunes' enormous collection of music, books, apps, HD TV shows and HD
films - but you'll have to pay the price as it costs over £100 more than the Kindle Fire HD.
SCORE: KINDLE FIRE HD - 4/5
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Shame About The Battery Life,
First, the plus points:
1. This tablet is ergonomically comfortable to use, especially in the Amazon protective case. I find it's weight to be about perfect - the same as a paperback - neither too heavy to be cumbersome nor too light to feel insubstantial.
2. The display is clear and pin sharp, with good tonal representations. If I were being critical I'd say that it's contrast is wound too high - some photographs appear somewhat overblown - but in most general use this isn't an issue.
3. Though I haven't made extensive use of it's sound reproduction capability, it is clear and pleasant and in all respects I prefer it to the output from my iPad.
4. And of course, it's a superlative eBook Reader. It has all the simplicity and easy of use that you'd expect from one of the monochrome siblings, but the colour display means that certain genres of books (I bought the Fire specifically for travel books) have the benefit of reproducing colour photographs.
5. Whispersynch, between my iPad and the Kindle, is very cool. Great idea. Not so sure about the privacy aspects, but great idea...
Now, the minus points:
1. The battery life is ridiculous.
Now, before you roll your eyes and move on, please pause one moment... Amazon quote "up to 10 hours" battery life for the Kindle FireHD. Sorry, that's just plain wrong. I have used this side-by-side with my iPad [using *just* the Kindle App on the iPad and *just* the Book Reader on the Kindle]. I get maybe 4-5 hours from the Kindle, if I am lucky. On the iPad, I can effortlessly get to 10 hours, time after time.
What is more concerning, in the last couple of days, my Kindle has developed a very odd tendency, which is to flatten itself when not being used. If I read for half an hour last thing at night, and turn off the Kindle [close it's cover], in the morning the battery will be completely flat. Not just run way down. Dead to the world. It charges up OK [though does not seem to like getting to 100% charge] but it eats through this in no time.
I've read the comments on forums which suggest that the solution to this is to turn down the brightness [I initially left mine on "auto brightness"] and disable wi-fi. Well, I don't mind experimenting with the brightness a bit, but I refuse to turn it down to the point where it causes eye strain [I've never had to do this with my iPad]. What I really don't understand is the wi-fi advice. What is the point of buying a wi-fi enabled device if you can't use it on a wi-fi network because the battery won't last?
I need to do some slightly more extensive tests - I bought it in particular for train journeys - but if the battery life issue continues, I can see myself returning or throwing it, and getting a 7 inch iPad or a Google Nexus. It's charge won't last a whole day : and that's a deal-breaker.
68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. simples!,
221 of 242 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for knitting patterns!,
This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi (Electronics)This is most definitely a non-technical review. I don't do technicalities so its just a very personal statement of facts.
I shamelessly bought a Fire HD for no reason other than fun. We all deserve 'fun' and it's very easy to forget that we deserve 'fun' because it's an essential in life when you're a bit on the 'mature' side of life. I've put a handful of knitting patterns on mine and love how I can make pattern charts larger with a flick of my fingers and the colours are just great when it comes to colourwork charts. I've been able to download an app. which lets me outline sections, highlight the row I'm on and all sorts of knitterly nonsense. It's just made knitting even more fun.
I'm stuck on Level 7 of Angry Birds and have an assortment of games and puzzles, am e-mailing stuff to myself, am setting up Skype, am buying the odd utility app., books and music, think the sound quality is excellent, the pictures are brilliant and my Grandsons are speechless with admiration that I can even turn it on and - let's be honest - the screen is far bigger than their titchie smart 'phones when it comes to playing games which is why they're constantly asking if they can just try it out ... Another thing, it doesn't take rocket science to operate it because I'm doing it quite happily and so far, operating a video recorder is a mystery to me.
The charger. If you want faster battery charging, the Fire HD adaptor is an essential tool. It costs extra? Well yes but then again, you're not paying a huge amount for a tablet so either fork out for the special charger or have patience whilst your Fire fires up using another charger. I think the Fire HD is a lovely, useful and excellent way of spending time, money and having fun. :)
77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!,
The instruction manual is in the settings all built in which is actually easier because you will not loose it and they DO GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS IN THE BOX TOO. Believe me the Kindle Fire HD is amazing and I'm a teenager and I use it mostly for games, entertainment, music, social networking etc. The speakers are the best on a tablet even better than an Ipad and that's a fact! The screen is amazing, fully HD better than the Ipad's screen AGAIN! I'm also not an Amazon customer, I'm only one after I got this for Christmas. I also have never rooted it, and I have flash, any app you can get through 1mobile, youtube, camera, Google Chrome browser, Dolphin Browser, free songs/videos, photoshop, I also have apps like BBC iplayer, Angry Birds HD (you can get many others), Cut the rope, facebook, twitter, tumblr, mytube, IMDb, Skype, Sims freeplay (you can even get other sims games), Temple Run, Tunein radio pro (which I can listen and record any radio channel/programme). You can even get all the Grand Theft Auto Games, The Dark Night Rises, FIFA 12, Need for speed, Monoply which all have amazing graphics and all in HD.
If you have a Blackberry charger then plug it into your KFHD and wall and "tadah" it is fully charged in 4 hours. Don't listen to some of these people below because they "thought" they had a problem looked about a bit then took a huff and give up. There is apps which could solve it or a download could solve it or even just looking on google then your problem would of been solved. ONCE AGAIN IT HAS THE BEST SOUND NOT THE WORST! Most of these people are amazon competitors people with an ipad mini or a nexus 7 and through my own personal experience the Kindle Fire HD is much much better. You can even talk to Amazong for free by getting them to phone you or talk to them on their professional online helpline! Buy it, it's fantastic!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tablet at great price,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle fire,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.,
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