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This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)I toyed with the idea of buying a new Kindle Fire HD for over a month and, of course, read all the reviews here and on other websites. Many of these reviews put me off and I nearly ordered a Google Nexus 7. I am so happy now that I didn't. Somehow at one point I got a feeling that many of these negative reviews had been written by Apple groupies or by people who got so used to their iPads that all they want is just another iPad. And I decided to order a Kindle Fire HD. It arrived promptly, three days ago, already registered. I really can't understand why some people write that it shows American time or prices in dollars. During a setup process (which was fast, easy and very intuitive) I was asked about my timezone and, of course, the device was registered in the UK. The device itself is very nicely built and it is a pleasure to hold it, actually it has a much more pleasant feel than an iPad. An Amazon Kindle Fire HD cover, which came with it, fits nicely, it's comfortable to hold and has a pleasant feel. The screen is just FANTASTIC! Speakers are better than on any other tablet or even on a big desktop computer (I have an iMac). I never liked an iPad because of its size. It is just not convenient to carry it with you all the time, and to read it on public transport is about the same as to read a big art book. A 7 inch tablet is just perfect, you can carry it in your pocket. It was really easy to connect to WiFi and to sign on to my email accounts. I have two email accounts and both work really well on Kindle Fire HD. One of them is a Yahoo account, so first I used it through the Silk browser until I discovered a Yahoo Mail application at Amazon app store. But either with the browser or with this app it was fast and smooth for sending and receiving emails. And AOL account was very easy to synchronize, it took less than a minute to get all my emails and contacts. WiFi connection is better than on any of our home computers.
After reading many reviews and online chats I was prepared to install Dolphin, Adobe Flash player, VLC player, etc. But there was no need. There was no need for Dolphin. So far the preinstalled Silk browser has been working fine, I don't have any complaints.
I installed ES File Explorer (Essential!), Battery HD (Essential!), BBC Media Player, BBC iPlayer, BBC News app, UK News Online app, USA News app (both are for reading UK and US newspapers), A8 Player and some other applications from Amazon store. I have been watching films on YouTube for three days now and not a single time I was told that I needed a Flash Player. iPad doesn't have it as well. Watching programmes on BBC iPlayer is just great! Before downloading applications I went to device settings and allowed applications from sources other than Amazon, but so far I didn't download a single application from another source. For me Amazon app store has more than enough and will probably have even more in future. Some puzzling moments though. One can download Lufthansa or American Airlines applications, but not British Airways! But I hope that Amazon will sort this out.
I downloaded about 5 Gb of music and 22 films in MP4 from my laptop and I must say that picture quality on Kindle Fire HD is much better than on the laptop. It was very easy, just connected it to the laptop with the USB cable (provided) and copied to respective music and movies files on Kindle. Music sounds fantastic, not just rock but classical opera as well. Now I can listen to music and watch my favourite films while travelling. And when I play these films I am given three options of which player to use (including A8, which I downloaded). Films in MP4 play fine on all of them. So far I didn't try to watch any films on LoveFilm and probably won't as I don't want to have a subscription. I don't play computer games, so can't be a judge here.
Also I can't comment on advertising as I paid 10 pounds extra when I ordered my Kindle for the pleasure of not having these adverts and now I am happy that I did that. It's not such a big price for one's privacy.
And, of course, I downloaded a lot of books from Amazon. Reading on Kindle Fire HD is as pleasant as on all previous Kindles. My wife has a Kindle Keyboard 3G, which is absolutely fantastic, both of us are in love with it. I can only complain that the price of downloads now is almost the same as the price of getting a real book (which also became more expensive on Amazon). Initially they were much cheaper.
So, I really can't understand what is this moaning all about. I am SO VERY HAPPY with my new Kindle Fire HD! It does much much more than I expected. I thought it would be an e-reader with internet and email capability, but it turned out to be a TABLET (and a very good one at that) with e-reader capability! Congratulations Amazon!!!! And THANK YOU! You invested time, money and, I believe, love into it and I hope that your customers will love it as much as I do.
On the negative side, it is sad that Amazon has adopted Apple's marketing strategy of charging exorbitant prices for accessories. Charger should be in the box with a Kindle as it was before. And, of course, it shouldn't cost 17.99. But any generic USB charger will do the job. Amazon needs to think about it. Many of its customers don't like how they have been treated by Apple, but now they get the same treatment from Amazon.
Summing up, if somebody is in two minds on whether to buy a Kindle Fire HD, my advice will be - don't hesitate, buy it! And don't read too many reviews. :-)
I hope you enjoy your Kindle as much as I do!
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2012 09:08:59 GMT
good review, i paid an additional cost to Amazon (thats what they do best, get you to pay) and bought extra cloud storage space for the music, i uploaded all my music to the cloud and any albums they have in their portfolio are upgraded to the best quality music standard for re-downloading. when in the house on wifi i can play all my music in superb stereo but its not taking space on my Kindle fire. if i go out i download the stuff i might i want (quite quickly as well) and its portable. Just think you might save some space that way if you want and also any music you have bought from Amazon (or any other purchases) they store i the cloud free as well.
dont forget they give you 5gb free storage as well for other files......which i use as well for documents
Posted on 18 Nov 2012 17:59:16 GMT
Excellent & informative review. I've installed most of what you have on mine, am going to get the ES File explorer, was looking at that today.
How are you watching youtube I haven't sussed that one yet?
Also movies - not sure how to save them yet.
Any other tips please share !!! Oh I nearly forgot, I'm with Yahoo & it wont sync the calendar - any ideas about getting round this?
ps .... am replying to your post from my kindle fire HD !!
Posted on 18 Nov 2012 19:33:10 GMT
Damn it your great review has now made me put the FireHD firmly back on my shortlist.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012 02:47:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2012 02:55:10 GMT
I am afraid I don't use Yahoo calendar. Today I looked at Yahoo Mail app and I couldn't find there anything that would sync the calendar. Probably it doesn't do that. But my AOL account offers this option. But, alas, I prefer traditional paper diaries.
As for YouTube, I watch it on Silk browser. When you click on Silk icon in Apps it offers you a row of "Most Visited" icons. Just slide through them. YouTube should be there. If not, just type http://m.youtube.com . Then touch a "magnifying glass" symbol (top right) on YouTube page (keyboard will appear) and type what you want to watch. You'll get a page of different videos, which you can scroll down to get more. Touch your selected video, another page will appear with your chosen video on top of the page (a bigger icon with "play" symbol). Touch it and it will play. Maybe I am just lucky, but so far they all played well and Flash player was never mentioned.
What concerns movies, I copied them from my laptop, where I already had them in MP4. Kindle supports this format. However, A8 player claims that it can play other formats as well. So just connect your Kindle to your computer with USB cable. I don't know whether you use a Mac or a PC but either way it will acknowledge that Kindle device is connected. You may check it by clicking on "Computer" from start button. It will show you all your drives and connected devices. Then open a folder on your computer where you store your films. Copy them. Then click on Kindle symbol (on both Mac and PC it will be on the left on your computer screen). After you click on it "Internal storage" folder will appear. Click on it as well. You will get a lot of folders from internal storage on your Kindle. Find Movies or My Movies (both are there) and paste the films which you copied. On a PC a warning will appear that these films might not play on the device. On it you click the line saying yes, you want to proceed anyway. All your films will be copied to destination folder. To play them on Kindle go to Apps, then ES File Explorer, open the folder to which you copied them and touch a film that you would like to watch. You will be asked with which player you want to open it. So far I tried "video" and A8. both work fine. But as I said my films already were in MP4. A8 player will probably be able to play other formats. However, I read that if you bought your films from iTunes, your Kindle won't play them. Don't know about other online distributors. There are also many programmes which can convert video files into any format, but I am not an expert here. You may search for them on Google but usually they give you a free trial and then want you to subscribe.
I hope it all works and you'll be able to watch your favourite movies on your Kindle Fire HD.
Posted on 20 Nov 2012 10:28:17 GMT
C. L. M. Nzalankazi says:
Hi I have a major question for you and depending on this answer I would either buy or not. For books it is not E-Ink pearl obviously so how is it to read on a LCD screen is it the same as reading on a computer?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 10:42:31 GMT
Yes it's the same as a PC, however I turn down the brightness and you can also change the colour of the "pages" which also makes it easier on the eye. I got a headache after using it to read the first few times until I altered the font size, page colour and brightness. Hope that helps you to decide if it's right for you.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 10:56:39 GMT
You are such a star Dant for answering in so much detail, it helps so much.
Ok I may appear a bit dense but I got the ES File Explorer and am totally baffled as all docs and books don't show as names they are all something like this Pxcg3056aguu66 - that's a made up one but they all look similar. I've had to open them, see what they are & then rename them. Yet when I open them a 2nd time they are back to the weird names. What am I doing wrong? I was really disappointed after I'd got it as the reviews said it was a really good app !!
With regard to the calendar I'm more likely to use one on the Kindle so I'll have to get an app as the yahoo one doesn't work.
When you look at the email settings on the Kindle it does actually show what you get with various email addresses & it shows yahoo as just having contacts and email whereas hotmail has those plus a calendar.
You mentioned PC & Macs, I use a PC, makes everything compatible with work. The apple products I use are just Ipod and Ipod shuffle.
Thanks again for your help, Amazon should be paying you !!!
Posted on 20 Nov 2012 14:16:42 GMT
C. Cheatle says:
A great review encapsulating a lot of thought. But...........is it not true that with a Kindle you are limited to downloading books from Amazon? They dont support the EPub format so, for example, downloads from my local public library are not possible. Downloads from Barnes and Noble?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 20:25:32 GMT
Thanks guys I order mine because of all the good reviews , cant wait to get my hands on it