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Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Advantages: Sleek, fast, beautiful and clever.
Disadvantages: It's not perfect
The Kindle Fires have been out for a while in the US, and now they've sailed their way to the UK. The Kindle Fire is only available in black at the moment, but you can get covers for these for protection, these covers can be expensive, but it's worth getting. A lot of people will get their kindle case from waterstones or online; they're frequently brought together.
Special features include:
7" HD Display which gives the device the ability to see things clearly and makes things look visually impressive. This really shows when you're using an app on a kindle. This also ties in with the 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor it runs on. The device is very colourful and I enjoy watching videos on the tablet.
Dolby Audio which makes a stereo sound, I think the sound quality is very great which really enhances one of my favourite features on the device which is the text to speech option. I like using this as I find it therapeutic to listen to audiobooks when I'm on the go. There is also a slot for headphones or earphones located next to the volume buttons.
Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi and bluetooth options help make it very easy to go onto the internet and I've had no problems with connectivity so far.
Microphone and 1.3 Megapixel camera which enables video chats and calls over social networking software such as apps. It advertises that you can talk to people on Skype on it and that is indeed true. The video quality seems to be better as well. The picture quality could have been a bit better, but I suppose it's a minor issue as most of us have our own phones or cameras that can create advanced quality pictures.
Single glass layer helps reduce screen glare and helps make it easier to use the tablet under the sun. I've owned a couple of gadgets in my lifetime and did have difficult using them in certain areas due to screen glare. Kindle devices in general seem to be good at that though, my old kindle didn't have any screen glare problems.
Unlimited cloud storage, so you can download things onto your device without having to repay or savage the web for them.
I don't see the point of the offline advertisements. I can understand online advertising because they want to give you special offers, but this is a minor one and I kinda got used to it once in a while and it's only on the screen-savers so I'm not too fussed about it now. I would have liked to had my own custom screensaver but maybe that will be taken into consideration for next time.
The carousel option makes it look very professional and slick, but I kinda prefer the ipad layout and would have also liked to have had a custom desktop to make my kindle unique and stand out in the crowd. Though even as you are on the carousel the adverts reek up as they show you books they think you might like.
The battery life may come as a disappointment to those who have upgraded from a regular kindle to a kindle fire, but since it's a tablet, the battery life is no worse than let's say an iPad or a Blackberry playbook. The Kindle fire comes with a usb wire but not the plug, although you can still charge it via computer. If you have a plug that will let you charge anything so long as it has a usb in, that will work, but if a blackberry charger does the trick too.
I no longer have a blackberry as I upgraded it for a Nolia Lumia, but the charger has come along for useful things including charging the kindle up. There's also another usb point in it, but I've found that the tablet is fine for about 4-7 hours and I charge it overnight so it will be fine.
I think the amazon kindle fire HD has been one of the best mobile devices I have ever used and would probably purchase an upgrade and continue to use the kindles for the future. However I wouldn't say that it's a substitute for real books though. I still buy books in the shops and I tend to only download the free or cheap books. They always seem to have constant offers going on and some undiscovered stuff happening.
I miss the ability to sort my books into certain playlists like I could on my old kindle, even though this is an option with music, I think it would have made looking for books a lot more easier.
I think it's worth getting and I love it. I see that it will be very useful for the holidays when I'm out camping and will save a lot of packing space. Before the age of the kindle I used to carry at least four or five books in my hand, so the kindle has been very useful and convenient.
I mainly use my kindle for reading and I think that you need to have a real passion for books e-books to really appreciate the device as I think many people will use it for the books, on the other hand it does other duties fairy well though. I can go on Facebook, Twitter and look on google with no problems at all.
The Kindle Fire HD is very easy to use, although the buttons and slots could have been better coordinated, but other than that I think it is really excellent and the books are displayed in fantastic presentation and makes it look sleek, modern, fresh and professional.
I love the tablet anf the concept of the kindle in general, I will still be buying books and the kindle fire has not become a full substitution for books and I doubt it ever will do.
Summary: Kindle Fire HD just in time for Christmas
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