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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012 2:27:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 5:11:23 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
After weeks of dithering about which e-reader/tablet to get, I ordered the KFHD 8.9, and it arrived today. There's comparatively little written on these forums about the 8.9 as such, so I'll occasionally share my experiences as I learn to use this, my first tablet PC.

I got the 64GB 4G version because there will be times when I'm away from WiFi, and because I was insecure about how much memory I'd need. After reading several posts about how much memory is required for a movie, I think I'd have been happy with the 32 GB version - but this one is not going back, unless there's some unforseen problem.

The unit was left at the door by the long suffering UPS person, who learned years ago that it's safe to leave such things at my doorstep. In a different environment, insisting that the delivery person wait for a signature would be a good idea.

I was surprised at how little padding the outer box contained - just a single layer of small air-filled "balloons" on top, no padding on the bottom. But the package was in good shape, and the 8.9 itself is fine.

It arrived partly charged. I had planned to give it at least 4 hours to charge before doing anything with it, but the 8.9 had other ideas. Pretty much on its own, it turned itself on - I unlocked the screen, and within about 15 minutes or less I had set up my Kindle account and registered the unit, subscribed to the AT&T 250MB per month 4G network, and scrolled through the initial introductory screens.

The Kindle team has been listening to user complaints about lack of a manual. Shelby Johnson's handy guide to the KFHD came up all by itself after the registration process. I had already downloaded and read the book on my computer, but it's an awfully nice touch to have it in the 8.9 itself. Sure, It doesn't cover every single thing, but it's a very good start.

I had ordered the $9.99 wall charger (it has not yet arrived), but I didn't need to do that. As others have written, an ordinary cell phone charger works just fine, and that's what I'm using at the moment. I know I could charge the unit using the USB cable and my computer, but I'm an impatient fellow and I know charging from the wall plug is much faster.

Now I have finally let the poor unit rest and charge itself up after its long trip from Amazon's Lexington KY "fulfillment site". Later tonight I'll see about borrowing a book from the KOLL. After that there are all those intruguing things like joining Prime, streaming a video, downloading a video, sideloading the few apps I absolutely must have, and who knows what else. I have no plans to root this any time soon, and probably not ever. I have a lot to learn - but so far this has been a much easier and much more pleasant process than I'd imagined! Warning - I'm sure I will have many questions for this group, which seems to be a very friendly, informative, and well-moderated one.

See also my additional note below - "important info which might help another newbie"

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 2:31:15 PM PST
K. Howard says:
Enjoy it, Bill! I LOVE mine.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 2:32:49 PM PST
One note of caution - make sure your free trial of Prime has started - look in the upper left corner to see if it says prime - before you try to borrow from the KOLL. Sometimes it takes a bit of time for the server to recognize the trial.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Kindle!

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 2:34:06 PM PST
Hi Bill - It's nice to hear from a happy customer! We hear about problems and complaints most of the time... (which is understandable).

Please come back an post if you find you have questions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 4:56:14 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
To M Francis - you wrote - "make sure your free trial of Prime has started....before you try to borrow from the KOLL"
Thanks for the caution. I was about to try to borrow, but the "Prime" notation isn't there yet.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:09:48 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Important addendum which might help another newbie: Apparently it takes "forever" to subscribe to something. Tonight I subscribed to the National Geographic magazine, (think I) set Privacy Settings, could not close the resulting black Amazon apps box with the NatGeo subscription notification in it. This went on for almost 15 minutes. No amount of tapping or pressing on the "Close" notice in upper right would close that black box. But now, 15-18 minutes later, the first issue of NetGeo is downloading - so that worked, but I was very surprised at how long it took, not to download the mag, but for the KF and Amazon apps to acknowledge that I had subscribed, and to allow me to close that balck box! If there's a way to do this more quickly, please let me know. If it's just always going to take 15-20 minutes to close that box, that's good info to have also.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 5:26:24 PM PST
The Blade says:
NatGeo is the one slow downloading app. And realize that the documents (issues) being downloaded to the app are HUGE @ 300+ meg each (it includes several videos per issue). That is why this one takes so long.

I love NatGeo on my Fire, but the app itself is a bit clumsy when it comes to managing the issues. Once in the issue, it works wonderfully. NatGeo has a lot of extras in each issue that make it worthwhile, but the payback is time.

But NatGeo is not typical, at all, of apps or subscriptions on the Fire. As you buy others, you'll see what I'm talking about.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 5:43:24 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Thanks Hombre - I wasn't surprised that it took so long for the issue to download. What almost threw me was how long it took the Amazon app to recognize that I had set privacy controls, and to close its window once that was done. I'll look forward to shorter "Close" times for other subscriptions (New York Times??)

I do agree that the NatGeo looks great on the KFHD

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:45:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 5:46:17 PM PST
Also, when 'streaming a video, downloading a video' using the 250MB/month AT&T plan, you'll find that you use up that 250MB quite fast.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:47:23 PM PST
JET314 says:
I ordered the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 on the $50 off sale day. Plus I used a $25 gift card to make it even a better present to myself. It shipped on Saturday Dec 15th and arrived on Tuesday the 18th. Not a bad turnaround time at all. I also signed up for a Prime trial. The screen is super on the Fire and it has played videos without any problem. Accessing the web has been OK thus far as well. Game playing with Bejeweled 2 is super fast and fun. I haven't begun a book yet, but with the HD display the fonts look stunning. Now I have to get a case for it.

Happy Kindling !!

Hope everyone enjoys their HD Kindles and has a good Holiday.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:13:11 PM PST
You're welcome. If it doesn't show up tomorrow, give Kindle Customer Service a call.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:52:42 PM PST
cassie says:
I love mine too!!
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