Product Type: Amazon.com Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Member Name: Scarybird2009
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Advantages: Easy to use, convenient size, clear screen images
Disadvantages: Some apps aren't compatible, the battery runs down quickly if you play games or use the internet.
This is my favourite toy! I absolutely love it. It's a great little tablet, good for accessing the internet as well as reading books and playing games.
The screen is really clear. There is a facility to change the size of the text in the books, and change the colour of the "paper." You can highlight items in the books as well, and place a bookmark, although it remembers where you stopped reading too. (I think all e-readers do this, but this is my first one, so I can only speak about this one.)
The screen rotates when you turn it - I found this a bit irritating so I've turned it off, it's quite simple there is an on-screen button at the top left.
When I got it, I went through the process of setting up my e-mail accounts on the Kindle, but I'm not really sure why they suggest you do this: I just access them through the internet.
When you open it, there is a facility called "Carousel" so you can just flick through to which app or book you want to go to, but you can also access them through the book or app page. I've got the 32GB model, and have loads of books and apps, but I've still only used about 3GB of storage. There is also a cloud facility too.
There are lots of free books on Amazon, so you can download to your heart's content, and they do special offers every week. Amazon also has a free app every day - some of them are just games, but there are also some really useful ones too, eg password protector, etc. You can also download some of the usual ones that you'd download to a laptop, PC or 'phone, eg Evernote. Some apps aren't compatible with this (eg Dropbox) but you can still access them through the internet.
The charger is the same size as the one for the Samsung SII, which is handy for holidays, but the plug that came with it also doubles as a USB cable.
The only problem I've had with it is that I haven't been able to watch TV on it - you have to download an app and I can't work out which one is for the Kindle. That's more to do with me than the device and I'm sure I'll sort it out in due course.
Like all computers, it does work better if you switch it off at least once a week. It's only "frozen" once, but the Amazon website tells you how to sort it out - basically switching it off, but check for exactly what to do as the instructions are slightly different depending on whether it's being charged or not. The battery life is not great if you use it for the internet or games, but that's my only real criticism.
Summary: Great device
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