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"
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