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Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Member Name: Helrobs
Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Advantages: Affordable, great content deals, Easy to use
Disadvantages: Need access to wifi to watch films, battery not as good as former kindles, Front facing camera
So, I will be totally honest. The main reason for buying a kindle fire was as a cheaper alternative to the IPad. I love Apple products but just don't think they are worth the inflated prices. The Kindle Fire seemed like it would be a great alternative at a great price (only £159 for the 16GB or £179 for the 32GB)
The Technical Details:
-7 Inch High Definition display (now also available in a larger 8.9 inch screen)
-Dolby Audio Sound
-Built in web cam
-Over 22 million films, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, apps and games, including top favourite apps such as Skyscanner, Jamie's 20-minute meals and Auto Trader (This from Amazon.com)
-Lightweight, only 397 grams
-Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
-Great parental controls- decide what your children use their kindle for
BAsiclly, this does all you would expect from a tablet. The web browser is fast and lets you go on any of the sites you would normally want to; email, banking, social media, shopping, etc. The device comes empty and you can download all content on it easily from amazon. There is a whole host of addictive apps and games including the favourites Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. And millions of books, films, songs, magazines and audiobooks. I was a bit concerned that one of the reasons the actual kindle was so cheap would be because it locks you into the amazon website and I worried that then the content would be expensive but this hasn't been the case. There are loads of books you can get for free (mainly classics out of the 100year copyright) and they do some really good deals like books for under £1.
The main way to watch films etc is to sign up to lovefilm. However, the problem with that is that you can only stream films, not download them which means you have to have a wifi signal to watch them. You can also download lots of apps like BBC Iplayer and ITV Player so you can catch up on tv, but again you can't download them.
Tips: (I will add more as I come across them!)
Just a few handy hints for things that have occurred in the last few weeks.
-If you are reading a lot you may find the screen is very bright and a bit uncomfortable. Switch the colour of the page to sepia and it's a lot gentler.
-IF you are having problems accessing BBC Iplayer you may need to download the BBC Media player and access it from there.
-The kindle comes with a USB cable so you can charge your FIre from your computer. Alternatively you can buy a charge, or a Powerfast charger. Although many chargers fit the Kindle I really would recommend buying the Powerfast as it charges in about a quarter of the time.
-If you are buying this mainly as a reader then you might want to consider a different kindle model, one with e-ink technology. Although the screen has anti-glare technology it will never be as glare free as the kindle or paperwhite due to the other features.
-Battery- I feel with all the features of the kindle the battery power could be better. The Amazon website says it last for 11hours but to be honest its more like 8 or 9.
-Camera is front facing which means its great for Skype, but not really any use as an actual camera. You can download an app so you could use it as a camera but it's difficult to work it without a viewer.
From the moment I got this I have found it really easy to use. The few difficulties I have had have been easily sorted by simply looking online, but I know others who have used the kindle helpline number and found them excellent.
I really have found this to be a great alternative to the IPad at a fraction of the price. Also, it would be a great more affordable tablet for children as it's a good size for smaller hands and has brilliant parental controls. Not being able to download films is a bit frustrating but lovefilm and Netflix have so many films on them that it is not too much trouble and it saves me money by using them!
In essence it is a really great piece of kit. A portable web browser, a library, a mp3 player and a games consol. Plus a small personal cinema too! Not bad for £159 I'd say.
Summary: Great as an all rounder, but if you want it just to read then better to stick to one of their E-Inks
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