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What I was looking for and why
After wanting an apple iPad for a long time but bit out of my price range I seen the kindle fire come out. I did research about a variety of tablets and decided to get this one.
After having a C-section and looking after a new born and I was looking for something light and small enough to hold. So when doing feeds in middle of night or when couldn't sleep I could easily use it without disturbing my partner.
I decided to get the Kindle Fire HD 32gb 8.9" as I wanted to watch TV shows and films on this as well as reading books. I also needed a product that would link to the Wi-Fi.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet has
8.9" HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band, Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, and comes in either 16 GB or 32 GB
Amazon say this in the description ...
Large 8.9" HD display has the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire, with rich colour and deep contrast; customised Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound
Ultra-fast web browsing and video streaming thanks to dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
Easy-to-use e-mail app that syncs your Gmail, Outlook and other accounts; full integration with Facebook for updating friends and staying in touch
Front-facing HD camera for Skype video chats and taking HD pictures
Over 22 million films, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, apps and games, including favourite apps such as BBC News, Right move (which helped me find house we are currently buying as bigger screen to see photos of the house)
LOVE Film Instant video streaming for unlimited access to thousands of films and TV series. New to LOVE Film? You'll get a one-month free trial
Great deals on apps, including a paid app for free every day, plus thousands of other free apps and games
Amazon's vast selection of e-books offers bestsellers, exclusive content, thousands of free classics and great savings with Kindle Daily Deal, plus Prime members borrow for free - as frequently as one book per month, with no due dates - with Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Read in vibrant colour with a large selection of magazine apps and colour books including comic books, cookbooks and kids' books
You can get a variety of options when buying this product and these are
However you can also pay extra £10 to get no special offers these are basically adds on home screen I have the offers as couldn't justify spending extra £10 and had no issues with it.
I have had this since April after family members raving about the standard kindle for reading.
The screen size is brilliant for watching films and TV shows you can get love film, Netflix and catch up TV on it which is like Freeview so if watching downstairs and suddenly need to go upstairs you can carry on watching.
The sound and picture quality is much better than I expected it to be. If you have a good Wi-Fi it hardly buffers however my broadband is not that great so struggles when got internet on pc, phones and Xbox etc. at same time (sky TV)
The battery life if using it for games and TV is not that long and that was a huge disappointment and the charger that comes with the product charges kindle very slowly. Had it on for 2hours the other day and only charged to 27% so I am now looking into investing in the one amazon recommend which is 12.99 currently however when you spend over £200 you should expect to get a good charger.
The kindle does not come with an instruction manual which is very unusual and whenever you download something it goes onto the pain screen like a carousal and I have no idea how to clear still after many searches on Google. So I am still looking into this as it must be possible.
The selection of Apps available is smaller than for other tablets but is growing and provides a good choice for most areas including daily free apps and offers. (Cannot get Candy Crush though and I was gutted)
The books are easy to download on the kindle or from any amazon page as it links to your account. If you are an amazon prime member you can borrow books for free however I buy free books for now (there is a very good selection) or pay for books on recommendation (currently just downloaded my sisters secret for 99p which is much cheaper than buying the book)
I have also downloaded an app for my baby that shows black and white objects moving about called baby view lite and she will happily sit there listening and watching them move (she is nearly 4months)
My dad is a very keen birdwatcher and you can buy app for small fee that has bird sounds on as well as the description and my partner downloaded Angry birds so he could play on a bigger screen than his iPhone so you can get an app for variety of interests.
I bought my cover and pen off eBay for less than £10 so shop around for accessories
I have been happy with my purchase - slightly disappointed that Amazon do not include an instruction manual or charger.
Hopefully in future they will keep upgrading their app store so similar to iPhone and android.
It is perfect for reading books and better value than buying the book and clogging up space in your home.
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I took the plunge and bought the Kindle Fire HD 32gb after some research into other products available in the same price range and on the recommendation of a friend who is a self confessed gadget geek! I was looking for something inexpensive and portable which could be used by all the family - including my two children who are 5 and 3, for playing games and watching films and cartoons when we are out and about. I also use it as my main internet tool so needed something which I could lock down easily to restrict my children's access.
I have had the Kindle since November and have not been disappointed with it. It is small enough to be portable and easily carried in my handbag, but robust enough to withstand the knocks, drops and bumps it gets from my children. The screen is small, but big enough to watch films and cartoons on - which is easily done via a Love Film subscription. The sound and picture quality is excellent and you don't get the annoying buffering problems you sometimes get with other devices, provided the wireless access is reasonably strong. The battery life is good although I have had to invest in a rapid charger as the Kindle only came with a charging cable which was rather disappointing when spending £200 on a tablet you would hope that it would come with the necessary tools to charge it - Amazon should really include the charger unit as I think it is a major bugbear of most Kindle owners!!! I usually charge it daily but I use the Kindle a fair bit in the evenings and dip in and out during the day so the battery takes a fair hammering!
I use it for every day browsing, social networking and shopping and have no major problems with it. There are some limitations in terms of what you can do with it - for example I do quite a few online surveys and have found I cannot complete them on the Kindle as I can't select some of the options - but other than that I can do most if the tasks I would normally use my laptop for.
The selection of Apps available is smaller than for other tablets but is growing and provides a good choice for most areas including daily free apps and offers. They are easy to download and select from the main screen and my children are confident using the Kindle to access and play games and watch films and cartoons. I can also easily remove them from the main carousel if the children are using one game too much and I want to steer them towards something else!!
I belong to a book group so also use the Kindle to download and read my monthly book - very easy to do and nice that you don't need wireless access to read. I also like the fact that you get daily book offers with Amazon and you can download book samples to try before you buy. The selection of children's books available is also good and my two love looking at picture books on it. It's also backlit so great for reading in bed without disturbing my husband.
Overall I have been happy with my purchase - slightly disappointed that Amazon released a larger screened version so quickly but I guess that's technology for you nowadays - there is always something bigger and better around the corner!!