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Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers Reviews

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers

Kindle Fire HD 7

  • 1280×800 high definition LCD display with over one million pixels
  • Fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi
  • Robust e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more

The new Kindle Fire HD is a full-featured HD tablet at an SD price. There’s more to enjoy than ever before with a stunning HD display, faster performance, longer battery life, and lighter design. With a light, durable design, plus easy to use parental controls and Kindle FreeTime, Kindle Fire HD is easy to share with anyone in your family

List Price: $ 139.00

Price: $ 139.00

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5 Responses to “Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers Reviews”

  1. MarkM says:
    An Amazon.com official commented on the review belowSee comments
    3,277 of 3,410 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent, inexpensive, entry-level tablet, October 2, 2013
    By 
    NF (Seattle, Washington) –

    This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers (Electronics)

    This is the next-generation Kindle Fire HD but with an updated operating system and new features, a redesigned shell (with the power and volume control buttons more readily accessible) and the power adapter included rather than as a separate $19.99 accessory. And all of this at a great price. When you consider the formerly separate cost of the adapter, you’d have spent $80 more just a couple of months ago for almost the same tablet.

    NOTE: This is the base model of the three models that Amazon is shipping this year: the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Fire HDX, and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. Despite what I wrote above, this model is not really the successor for the Kindle Fire HD; it’s the successor for the Kindle Fire. The successor for last year’s Kindle Fire HD is this year’s Kindle Fire HDX. I think a lot of reviewers are missing that point because of Amazon’s unfortunate naming conventions. See http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KVHBC7NMNOGU for my review of the Kindle Fire HDX and http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YPITHVTYLCZT for my review of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″.

    The Amazon tablets are primarily content consumption devices, best suited for connecting to the Amazon ecosystem, including videos, music, books, apps, and so on. With the free Prime trial subscription, you can check out the Prime Instant Video options and watch movies and shows at no charge until the Free Trial expires automatically. For videos, music, and books, the Amazon selection is at or near the top of the list; for apps, much less so. Roughly 90% of the top 100 apps are available on Amazon.com, as well as 100,000 others, but that’s only a small fraction of what is available with Google or Apple.

    It’s not quite as bad as it sounds because, while the competition has ten times as many apps, most of those apps are, um … how shall I put this … less than stellar (look up Sturgeon’s Law). If there are specific apps you need or want, you definitely should double-check before purchasing to make sure that they are available. The apps that will likely never become available on the Kindle Fire ecosystem are those apps that require Google services (i.e., anything that uses Google location services). One ameloriating factor is that it is possible to side-load most of the apps from the Google Play store onto an Amazon tablet and a web search on side-loading apps onto Kindle Fire will show dozens of websites with detailed instructions. If the app you are sideloading requires a Google service to work, though, it will not run on the Fire, even if you manage to successfully install it.

    It has an updated OS and updated feature software (but does not include the free unlimited Mayday customer support feature; you’ll have to move up to the HDX to get that). The software updates include the ability to download some Prime Instant Videos to your device and watch them offline, enhanced accessibility, enhanced enterprise controls and features (so now it’s better suited for office work), enhanced email client, enhanced parental controls, improved X-Ray features (now including lyrics for music, as well as additional information for both books and movies), integration with GoodReads (coming soon), and the like.

    Where I noticed the biggest difference was the home screen. The default view is still the carousel but if you swipe upward, you’ll see a more traditional icon view. The “Recommended for you” display on the home screen is now smaller and much less obtrusive (and it can be turned off in the settings). Amazon has also added multi-tasking of a sort, where swiping up from the bottom of the screen while you’re in an app shows you the 20 most-recently-used items from your home screen, so you can quickly switch from one app to another without returning to the home screen.

    There is also a left panel available on most screens (but not the home screen) and in some of the apps, with navigation links and settings to make it easier to navigate and control your tablet or to navigate within the app. If you tap the center of your display and then swipe left while you’re reading a book, for example, you’ll see a panel that shows you the table of contents, the About the Author link, the Sync to Furthest Page Read link, and so on.

    The Kindle FreeTime option and the parental controls are still among the best in the business. If you want a tablet for a child and want to control what they can access, how long they can use the tablet at any given time, and the like, Amazon has you covered.

    You can now also schedule “Quiet Time” on the tablet, where notification sounds and pop-up notifications are disabled, either on a temporary basis by simply pushing a button or on a scheduled basis. Frankly, I doubt I’ll ever use this feature but if you’re the type who likes to read or watch video until you fall asleep, it’s kind of nice to be able to disable all sounds so that you don’t get rudely awakened…

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  2. Judy Schechter "Judy S." says:





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    Oct 11, 2013 6:46:17 PM PDT

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We’re excited to see your encouraging comments regarding display and sound, and appreciate the thoughtful analysis you did of this device compared to the previous generation Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. As you correctly point out, the new Kindle Fire HD is the successor to last year’s entry level Kindle Fire, which does not include features such as camera, microphone, or HDMI port. You are also correct to point out that this device does not support Mayday, although there are still multiple ways to get help for free directly from your device.

    We hope you enjoy the new features and services.

    Thanks,
    The Kindle Team

     
  3. Anonymous says:
    1,748 of 1,834 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A 4.5 star tablet (Updated), October 4, 2013
    By 
    MarkM

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers (Electronics)

    First off, I would like to say this tablet is a great deal for just $139.99. I tried finding a tablet for under $100 that would just work properly, and to let you know, it’s impossible. Secondly, I want to tell you how I decided to buy this tablet.

    I first bought the 9 inch Dragon touch tablet for 78$ but to be blunt it sucked. It was so slow that the web browser would always freeze, even if I did a simple Google search. I did not want to take a chance with it anymore and returned it after 2 days of using it; then I decided to give the kindle fire HD a chance.

    Exterior: The exterior is well built. No loose pieces, and the plastic is very firm. My previous cheap tablet had plastic that felt it was going to snap if you held it too hard. Of course the iPad mini has a glass screen and aluminum body, but it also starts at $329. There are 2 ports: a micro usb and a headphone jack to plug in your headphones. The nice thing is that the micro usb is universal and finding a plug is cheap and easy to find. Although, amazon does include a very nice and not cheaply made cable/ wall charger along with your kindle. The previous kindle did not include them and they are worth $20. The buttons for the volume and power are a nice touch. I would not be surprised if new generation tablets will include these style buttons.
    Only down side is there is no port for an SD card so you can store more memory. It would be a nice feature but if you really need all that storage, go buy a computer.

    Display: One word, amazing. Maybe I am pushing it, but the screen is so clear. I own an iPhone 5 and my eyes prefer my kindle. I love reading on this machine and for the price, amazon did a good job with this one.

    Internal/processor: I never owned the older versions of the kindle, so I won’t be able to compare to them. I can say that this kindle is not slow. My previous tablet took a couple of seconds to respond to my touch but there is no delay on this kindle. As far as apps go, I downloaded that deer hunting game to test out if the kindle can handle it. The answer is yes, and didn’t even struggle :).

    WiFi: Surfing the web is awesome on this device. I watched a tv series(arrested development, which I do recommend) and the video playback was great. It was very smooth and even when I went outside the video was fine. I added the outside part because my 2010 MacBook pro starts to get a jittery WiFi connection when I bring it outside my house. But the overall speed is in between my iPhone 5 and MacBook pro, where it should be.

    Battery: Yeah… I noticed the older version of the kindle was 11 hours and this one is 10 hours. But if you’re on the kindle for 10 hours straight, time to GET A JOB! (Read update 10/23/13 lower in the review for true battery life)

    Camera: I wish there was a camera and Mic in this kindle so I could Skype with my family. Keeping the price and size in mind you can’t really blame amazon. Well, at least the NSA can’t see me or hear what I’m doing. If you want those features then you can always buy the better version of the kindle. (Kindle HDX)

    Sound: I don’t know what the previous kindle sounded like, but this kindle has great speakers. I was in my room watching my show and my roommates(my parents..) told me to turn it down. I could understand everything that was said in the show and that’s all that matters. If you bought this tablet to listen to quality music, I don’t know what to tell you.

    Setup: I’ve seen lots of people saying that the setup is a pain in the you know what. I was waiting to see what they were talking about but I had no issue. When I received my tablet, I turned on the screen and connected to my WiFi. I had no problems and then an amazon load screen came up and I said, here we goooo… The load screen only lasted 2 minutes and it was completed. I didn’t have another one, nor did I have an issue setting up my kindle. My email, WiFi, amazon account, and other set ups went very smoothly without any issues.
    I am not doubting that other people had problems with their tablets, no electronic device is perfect. Either amazon saw that there was a problem and fixed it, I got lucky with my tablet, or maybe so many people were trying to register their new kindle and amazon servers could not handle it. Wouldn’t have been the first time a new product had its servers go down(obamacare, ios 7, COD servers, etc.)

    Bluetooth: Haven’t tried it yet, sorry! But apparently no one has any issues with it. 10/21/13 I have tested it out by hooking it up to my car and it works. I don’t own a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard but you should not have a problem pairing them with the kindle.

    SO, if you want a general summary, this is a fantastic tablet for the price. This tablet is probably the cheapest tablet that you can buy with it being dependable. There are a lot of cheaper tablets out there, but are only good if…

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  4. Anonymous says:
    1,794 of 1,939 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Has some nice new features, but I’m glad I kept my 2012 KFHD too!, October 4, 2013
    By 
    Judy Schechter “Judy S.” (N. Aurora, Illinois) –

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    This new KFHD replaces last year’s basic Kindle Fire. Although it has some cool new features, it lacks a camera, microphone, and HDMI port. For this reason, I’m glad I kept my 2012 model since it does have these 3 features!

    Here are my initial impressions of the 2013 Kindle Fire HD: I like the placement of the on/off & volume buttons. Being on opposite sides makes it unlikely to hit the wrong one. I never cared for the carousel (this is what you see when you turn your Kindle on and it contains all the books & apps you have recently accessed), and now there’s an option to have favorites showing on the home screen instead, and the apps/books can be rearranged to your liking. I was very surprised that web pages can no longer be placed in the favorites bar (which is now being called “home”). I don’t know why Amazon removed this option, and we also are unable to have the last accessed web page appear in the carousel. But you can still bookmark your favorite web pages & YouTube videos for easy access.

    When I play songs purchased from Amazon’s MP 3 store the lyrics scroll down karaoke style. Nice feature, but it doesn’t work on every song. This device has a cool new feature called “Quick Switch”, which allows us, when reading or using an app, to bring up recently accessed items with a swipe instead of having to exit the book or app you were using and go back to the “home” screen to open up another one.

    In terms of sound, I find it to be tinny and not as rich as it is on the original KFHD. But you can really improve the sound of music by wearing a good set of ear buds. Ironically, music sounds muffled unless you hold the device in landscape mode with your hands covering the speakers. Holding it this way projects the sound out to you.

    In terms of speed, this new model loads web pages and email faster, which isn’t surprising considering that it has a 1.5GHz processor compared to 1.2GHz on the older model.
    I like the placement of the USB charging port. It’s now on the upper left hand side (when in landscape mode). On the older model it’s on the bottom, which makes it awkward to stand it up while charging.

    **AMAZON PRIME VIDEO DOWNLOADS HAS ARRIVED!! If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, in addition to being able to stream videos on your Kindle you can now download many of them. I love being able to watch shows offline when I’m away from a WiFi connection! It took about 5 minutes for a 45 minute television show to download. We can choose the picture quality we prefer (either “good”, “better”, or “best”), and the higher the quality, the longer it takes to download & the more storage space it uses. A 45 minute show at the “best” resolution used up a whopping 2GB of storage space! No worries though because it’s a cinch to delete the videos after watching them. Most of the Prime tv episodes can be downloaded, such as Chopped, Nova, Twilight Zone, and the The Universe, but only a fraction of the movies have this capability so far.

    Amazon promises a software update in mid-November that will allow us to sort our books and apps into “collections”! This will be a wonderful feature to have because now we have to scroll through all of our content to find the book or app we want to access.
    ***UPDATE***
    My device received the software update, and now I can organize all of my books and apps into collections!! And we can put the folders on the home screen, not just in our content libraries!! This is a great new feature that I’ve wanted for quite a while and it adds to my enjoyment of using the device.

    Many people are complaining about the lack of a user guide, so I wanted to mention that it can be accessed from the device itself. (You need an active WIFI connection to complete this task)!! Just swipe down from the top of the screen where the time is displayed & tap on “help”.
    Here’s a link for Amazon.com help:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeld=201306980
    Then tap on “Get help with your Kindle device or Reading App”, and then tap on “Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation”. This should help get everyone started!

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