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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
I suspect this is a revised version of a guide to the first generation Kindle Fire. As such, it contains some errors about features that have changed. For example, there is no illuminated power button on the second generation KF's as described in the first chapter. That feature was dropped with the new devices. In other cases there are simply errors, not surprising in an "instant book" but worth noting and correcting. For example, the audio jack in the KFHD is a 3.5mm not a 1/8" as stated in the book. Not a big deal unless one purchases headphones based on the information provided.

Furthermore, there are some recommendations I'd take issue with (though there are others that I think are right on.) For example, the author recommends that a user "discharge the batery to as close to 0% as you can before charging it up." In fact, this is risky advice. Lithium ion batteries do not respond well to being completely discharged. While discharging the battery periodically to about 15% is a good idea (primarily to maintain a properly calibrated battery monitor), fully discharging the battery will shorten its long term life.

On a related topic, the author advises to "Only use chargers designed for the device. The charging port will accept chargers for other devices, but they...may damage the device if used." Yet at another point he says, "Chargers are denoted by the type of connections they have, the voltage they deliver and their current. Provided a charger matches the original charger that came with your device...it should work fine."

This is a particularly confusing point because the second generation Kindle Fires do not include a wall charger. IMO, that's a great idea. The proliferation of redundant wall chargers is both costly and environmentally harmful. In my case I had six(!) wall chargers from various devices that all charge the KFHD perfectly. With that in mind, the clear implication that a charger not "designed for the (KFHD)" is risky even to try is, I think, misleading, especially in view of the fact that the author appears to contradict himself. The bottom line is that some wall chargers will not perform well. But the circuitry in the Kindle Fire draws power from the charger; it is not "pushed" from the charger. Thus, there is almost no risk that a charger not designed specifically for the KFHD will "damage" it.

And really, I'm a great fan of the KFHD though I also own an iPad. I have to note that the cited advantages of the Android OS versus iOS ("a highly customizable interface; freedom to get out of the Amazon Home Interface, many apps, and apps not tightly controlled")amount to a cruel joke when applied to the KFHD. It IS true that Amazon does not control the installation of non-Amazon apps as Apple blocks the installation of apps from any source other than iTunes, but only by side loading those apps from other sources. Otherwise, the KFHD fails to deliver on the advantages the author cites for Android devices. It does not have a highly customizable interface. One cannot enjoy the "freedom to get out of the Amazon Home Interface. The Amazon Appstore's selection of apps (especially for the KFHD) is tiny compared to the volume of apps available for Android devices. Frankly, I don't view those restrictions as dealbreakers for the KFHD but it's hardly reasonable to cite the advantages of Android without noting that the KFHD is designed specifically to eliminate almost all of them.

Looking back on the comments above, one might think I believe the guide is worthless. I don't. It provides an easy to read introduction to the use of the KFHD. I've highlighted problems (some simply the result of a rushed editing job)that I think could create confusion or seriously bad outcomes. With that in mind, I hope the author will take the opportunity to update the volume, correct the factual errors that appear here and there, and reconsider some of the opinions expressed. At the very least, the author deserves credit for producing a guide so quickly and at a price of "free," he deserves applause.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
The Kindle Fire HD Manual: The Definitive Kindle Fire HD User Guide is a straightforward and easy to read guide for the new Kindle device. The books is clearly outlined and well organized, the writing simple yet the topics are fleshed-out enough to provide the reader with value not included out of the box. The book covers as much ground as it can and provides succinct advice for beginners as well as some more in-depth info for tech-savvy buyers.

The user guide kicks off by briefly explaining the basics and then delves in to tackle new features, explaining how the HD improves on the original Kindle Fire and describing how to take advantage of 4G connectivity and dual-band wireless. The writer does a good job of providing a straight-forward and concise explanation and avoids getting overly granular. This book is for users who want a quick read that will bring them up to speed on all the features and give them some helpful tips and tricks that may not be so obvious.

The book also includes essentially a bonus chapter on the benefits of Amazon Prime - a very good service that I believe Amazon does not promote enough. Amazon Prime gives you great exposure to a tremendous amount of content (both movies and books), essentially acting as a competitor to Netflix. The device offers seamless compatibility with Prime, and some more novice users might not understand the benefits of this service.

Overall, this guide is terrific for someone who may be more of a casual user, but is also valuable to those who want a more in-depth explanation on features they already are familiar with. It essentially acts as a fully-fleshed out user manual (which the Kindle Fire HD lacks out of the box). Plus, the price is so good, how could you resist having a reference guide this handy?
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
I bought this hoping to learn how to do things on the Kindle Fire HD 7" I just purchased that weren't included in the little pamphlet in the box, like how to put it to sleep when I'm ready to put it down for a while. The “manual“ was little more than the information that's on the Amazon product page for the Fire HD 7". Only a couple of times did it explain how to do something. Not only that, there were glaring errors in the text, such as the basic 4G plan for the 8.9 Fire was for 250 "GB" per month or that users are only allowed 20 GB cloud storage (but you can buy more!), neglecting to mention that all Amazon content is stored free. Unless you can't figure out how to access the settings or if you even have a wireless network at home, then this is a complete waste of money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
The chapters are laid out well and overall I found the information quite useful. Everything you need to know about the Kindle Fire HD is in this book!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
I was looking for a REAL guide, something that would answer questions that I had but was very, very disappointed. This turned out to be nothing more than a very brief overview.
The only positive thing I can say is thank god it was only $2.99.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
I was hoping to learn how to actually connect to my Tv and I wanted more in depth information. Like how to get the suggested information off the bottom of the screen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
First, I'd like to mention that I can relate to some of the criticisms other reviewers had of this book but I think the author updated the text to reflect at least most of the critique. My score reflects that. I hope you'll find helpful what I have to add to the discussion.

- I agree that "discharging the battery to as close to 0% as you can before charging it up" every time is not really beneficial to the battery's long-term life. It's just a trick some people use to revitalize an old battery and the benefits of it are only anecdotal.

- Using the chargers you have laying around to charge your Fire: just because a charger fits, it doesn't mean it should be used to charge KFHD. Not all of them have the exact voltage and amperage it needs. If it's lower, the charger might not charge KFHD; if it's higher, it might fry it. Charging through USB works fine. But if you have to get the charger, find one that is 9W, 1.8A. Same applies to buying a wall charger. There's an official one from Amazon but it costs twenty bucks or so; some other alternatives can be found cheaper, just make sure they have the right specs.

- The audio jack mentioned in this guide is a 3.5mm, otherwise known as a 1/8" or "mini". That's just different names for the same plug. So, if you are looking for headphones to use with KFHD, any of the headphones with these names of the connectors will work.

- Running Google Apps on KFHD is pretty easy, once you know how. You can do it even without rooting the device. You can Google this exactly: "Running Google Apps on Kindle Fire Without Root", including " ", to find the info.

- If you want to get even more functionality, you can put a different ROM (different version of the operating system) on KFHD as well. Google "root kindle fire hd" for more info.

- I'd like to say, however, that for most uses the Amazon interface is very clean and easy to use, especially for first time tablet users. Use it for a while as is and see if you like it before changing it.

I can't tell you how many times I had to explain to my friends and relatives things like what is a "wireless network as compared to 4G network"; or why "the keyboard disappeared while I was typing and how to get it back". This book explains it. So, I see this book as an expanded manual for Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD that is a good resource, especially for beginners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
This guide was straightforward and very helfpul for me, being the first tablet I've owned. There was a bit of a learning curve with the device, but this book helped me get up to speed with basic advice for usage and features.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
Amazon should be ashamed for charging any amount for this book. It's more of an advertisment for prime than anything of value!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
This is a very nice overview of the Fire and if you are new to tablets this is a great introduction.

However, it isn't a manual and it certainly isn't definitive. In fact, if anything it is less helpful than the free help pages that you can find online for the Fire HD because those pages actually have pictures. Also, there isn't an active Table of Contents.

Was hopping for a guide or manual that offered more than those help page, this wasn't the answer.
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