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Kindle Fire HD Tablet [Previous Generation]

7" HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, 16GB or 32GB
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Advanced 7” display and high-performance processor for web, email, apps, games, movies, music, and more
  • 1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for over 35% faster downloads and streaming (compared to the iPad mini)
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Kindle FreeTime — a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
  • Kindle FreeTime Unlimited — just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows. Learn more
  • Prime Instant Video — unlimited, instant streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows
  • Kindle Owners' Lending Library — Kindle owners can choose from hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers
  • Kindle Fire owners get 500 Amazon Coins (a $5 value) to spend on Kindle Fire apps and games. Learn more

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The Reviews Are In


"The screen is bright, brilliant and graphics are crisp and smooth" — Mashable


"The Fire HD's speakers are the most ear-bleedingly awesome tablet speakers you've ever heard" — CNET


"It boasts amazing Wi-Fi connectivity - perhaps the best so far in any device I have either owned or tried" — Gigaom


"It offers a lot for the money; it's full of ambitious features; it provides super-convenient access to a never-ending trove of content" — Time

Breakthrough Hardware Technology

High Definition Touchscreen Display

Rich, HD video. Beautiful, vivid photos. Crisp, detailed text. Kindle Fire HD features a new 1280x800 high definition LCD display that brings your content to life.

Reduced Screen Glare

Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass - an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that's easy to view, even in overhead light.

Richer Colors at Wider Angles

Like many tablets, Kindle Fire HD uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) to improve color reproduction. But displays that only use IPS still appear washed out at various angles, such as laid sideways when reading in bed, laid flat on a table, or held between you and a friend when sharing a movie. Kindle Fire HD addresses this issue by applying an advanced polarizing filter directly to the LCD panel. This results in a display that shows the same deep contrast and rich, detailed color when viewed at any angle.

Exclusive Dolby Audio

Kindle Fire HD uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience, with or without headphones. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology used to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows. Kindle Fire HD is designed to automatically optimize the audio profile based on what you're doing, such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype. It even optimizes the audio differently when you have headphones plugged in, so you can just sit back and enjoy.

Dual-Driver Stereo Speakers

Big sound. Compact design. Kindle Fire HD features dual-driver stereo speakers on both sides of the display for a wide sound-field similar to that of a home stereo. And with this much power, we can push our speakers hard. The result - deeper bass in your music, loud, rumbling movie soundtracks, and room-filling stereo sound without distortion, even at higher volumes.

Two Antennas, Better Bandwidth

Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet to feature dual Wi-Fi antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology for powerful, HD-ready Wi-Fi. This allows reception or transmission over both antennas simultaneously to increase capacity and reliability. So you'll enjoy fewer dropped connections, more than 35% faster media streaming, and be able to go further from your wireless hotspot than with other tablets.

Dual Band Support

Many Wi-Fi devices, from other tablets to baby monitors, only operate in the 2.4 GHz band. The more of these devices that you and your neighbors have operating in the band, the slower your connection is. Kindle Fire HD is capable of automatically switching between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, which will allow you to use this less congested 5 GHz band for better range and less interference.

Powerful HD Processor

A rich HD display requires a powerful processor and optimized software to drive it. Kindle Fire HD uses a fast dual-core processor with an Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core, so even graphically-intensive games run smoothly and render stunning scenery. We also tuned the graphics pipeline and touch-handling software to eliminate delays between when you touch the screen and when the application responds. This means the home screen scrolls more smoothly, videos start playing faster, and games respond nearly instantaneously.

Over 11 hours of Battery Life

Kindle Fire HD is optimized to deliver high performance with low battery consumption, delivering over 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.

Plenty of Storage for HD Content

High definition content is substantially larger - for example, on average, an SD movie is 500MB, and an HD movie is 2GB. Because of this, Kindle Fire HD offers more storage than most other 7" HD tablets, as well as free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content.

All the Content

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Read for free. With Prime, Kindle owners can borrow any title from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no waiting and no due dates. The Kindle Owners' Lending Library features hundreds of thousands of titles, including all 7 Harry Potter books, and over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers.

Prime Instant Video

Prime members also enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Thor, Rango, The West Wing, Glee, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation.

Free Month of Amazon Prime

If you haven't tried Amazon Prime in the past, we'll give you a 30-day free trial. Experience what millions of members already enjoy: unlimited streaming of hit movies and TV episodes, reading a Kindle book a month for free, and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. We think it's the best bargain in the history of shopping, and we hope you do too.

The Greatest HD Games

Kindle Fire HD is built for the best in gaming, with full tilt, turn, and multi-touch controls. Enjoy best-selling HD games such as Angry Birds Space, Where's My Perry?, Fibble, and Skylanders Cloud Patrol.

Up Your Game with GameCircle

Earn achievements, compare scores with friends, or take on the world with global leaderboards. GameCircle titles with Whispersync automatically store your progress in the cloud, so you'll never lose an unlocked level or saved game, even if you delete it from your device.

Your Favorite Apps

Kindle Fire HD gives you instant access to the most popular free and best-selling apps, including titles like Netflix, HBO GO, Facebook, Hulu Plus, Pinterest, Skype, The Weather Channel, Zillow, and Magic Piano.

Play More, Pay Less

Use Amazon Coins to purchase apps, games, and in-app items. Save up to 10% on apps and games by purchasing Amazon Coins. Learn more

Over 120,000 Titles and Counting

Rent or purchase the biggest new releases and most popular titles from every major movie studio and TV network including Warner, Fox, Sony, Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Universal, Paramount, and more. Stream instantly over Wi-Fi or download to enjoy later.

Unlimited Streaming with Prime

In addition, Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 35,000 popular movies and TV episodes such as Iron Man 2, Thor, Rango, The West Wing, Glee, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation.

Massive Book Selection

Shop the Kindle Store for over 1.2 million of the most popular books, or explore millions of free, public domain books such as Pride and Prejudice.

Vibrant Magazines

Enjoy over 400 magazines in brilliant HD display, with beautifully detailed illustrations and glossy full-color layouts. Double tap an article for easier reading view and starting next month, tap the cover to go directly to an article and bookmark your favorite articles for future reference. Magazines include favorites such as Vogue, National Geographic, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, ESPN and Better Homes and Gardens.

Lowest Book Prices

Over 600,000 books are less than $4.99, over a million are less than $9.99.

Read for Free with Prime

Amazon Prime members can borrow hundreds of thousands of titles for free with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 180,000 Kindle exclusive titles from best-selling authors including Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen Covey, Andy Borowitz and Karen McQuestion.

Huge Music Selection

With over 20 million songs from thousands of artists, Amazon's MP3 music store is home to one of the largest music libraries on earth. Music you buy from Amazon is saved to the cloud for free, and you can play or download it anytime.

Your Music. Everywhere.

Import the rest of your music library to Amazon Cloud Player and play it wirelessly on your Kindle Fire HD - just tap Music on the Home screen to get started. Browse and search your library, create and manage playlists, play your music from the cloud, or download for offline playback. All your Amazon MP3 purchases and your first 250 imported songs are stored free.

Audiobooks by Audible

Audible offers more than 100,000 titles written by best-selling authors and performed by world-class professional narrators. The collection includes Anne Hathaway's performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Samuel L. Jackson's performance of A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, and Susan Sarandon's performance of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, as well as many others.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you don't have to put a good book down, even if you're cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off. Learn more

Experience Immersion Reading

With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

No Other Company Offers This Kind of Flexibility

At Amazon, we make it easy for you to access your content on other devices. The books, videos, apps, audiobooks, games, and music that you buy for your Kindle Fire HD can also be enjoyed on Amazon apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, game consoles, TVs and more.

Features

X-Ray for Movies and TV

Explore favorite characters and actors at a touch. Kindle Fire HD uses the power of IMDb to bring Amazon's exclusive X-Ray service to movies and TV shows. Simply tap on any scene to instantly see which actors are currently on screen, jump straight to other movies in which they star, and more.

X-Ray for Books

Tap on any page as you read to access X-Ray, an easy way to uncover more from the books you love. Instantly find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia.

Experience Immersion Reading

With Immersion Reading, the Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you don't have to put a good book down, even if you're cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off. Learn more

Whispersync for Movies

Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire HD, pause, then resume watching straight from the same scene on your TV. Whispersync remembers your last scene watched across all your apps and devices, so you can avoid the frustration of having to find your spot.

Whispersync for Books

Kindle Fire HD uses Amazon's Whispersync technology to automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. With Kindle reading apps available for phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, you can keep the story going wherever you are.

Whispersync for Games

GameCircle titles with Whispersync automatically store your progress in the cloud, so you'll never lose an unlocked level or saved game, even if you delete the game from your device.

Free Skype HD Video Calls

Get face-to-face with friends, family, and over 250 million Skype users around the world. Kindle Fire HD includes the Skype app pre-installed and features a front-facing video camera for free high-definition video calls at home or abroad.

All Your Personal Email

The new email app on Kindle Fire HD makes sending mail, viewing attachments, and syncing contacts simple. With full support for the world's most popular email providers - including AOL, Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and more - it's our easiest-to-use email ever.

Deep Facebook Integration

In addition to the free Facebook application found in the Amazon Appstore, Kindle Fire HD is fully integrated with Facebook, making it easy to connect and share with friends and family. Sync favorite photos at a touch, share quotes and passages straight from your book, and more.

Take and Share Photos

The front-facing HD camera on the Kindle Fire HD can be used to take pictures using any of the camera applications available in the Amazon Appstore such as Camera Fun Pro, PicSay Pro, and PicShop Lite, as well as to video chat with the Skype app. In addition, you can use the Facebook application to take and share photos with your friends.

Enjoy and Share

Relive your most memorable moments in stunning HD. Our new, beautifully designed photo app makes it easy to swipe through albums, or step in to full-screen viewing. And sharing your photos couldn't be easier. Enjoy seeing your photos on your TV via HDMI, or tap on individual images to email them to anyone you like.

Import and Edit

Kindle Fire HD makes it easy to keep favorite photos close at hand. Download your albums from Facebook, or use the Amazon Cloud Drive desktop application to upload photos from your PC or Mac. Editing on your device is just as simple, with many popular photo editing apps available in the Amazon Appstore, such as PicSay Pro, PicShop, and Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Perfect for Parents

Kindle FreeTime is a new service, built from the ground up to help give parents peace of mind when it comes to tablet use. Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. Kindle FreeTime is free on every Kindle Fire HD.

Set Screen Limits

Many parents choose to limit their kids' screen time, but doing so without the proper tools is difficult. With Kindle FreeTime, parents can set daily limits for Kindle Fire HD use, or restrict certain categories - like games and video - while leaving unlimited time for reading.

...And Perfect for Kids

When kids use Kindle FreeTime, it's like they have their very own, personalized tablet. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design. They only see the titles that they have access to see. The home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles. And, they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics - for example "Cinderella," "Dinosaurs," or "Puppies."

Built Tough

Kindle Fire HD is designed to stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes. Our state-of-the art display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, so you can let your child play, without worry.

A Subscription for Kids (and Parents)

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows - all the types of content that kids and parents love. With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don't have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy, and kids can explore a world of age-appropriate content on their own – no ads, no in-app purchases.

An Incredible Value

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited gives kids the freedom to choose from thousands of the most popular books, games, apps, and shows for hours of fun and learning. Unlimited access starts at just $4.99 per month, with special pricing for Prime members from $2.99 per month.

Easy Access from Kindle FreeTime

When a parent subscribes to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, thousands of titles appear in the Kindle FreeTime app, sorted by their kids' age and gender, alongside the titles parents have already selected from their own collection of content. Without help from mom or dad, kids can follow their imagination across books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows of their choice.

Beloved Movies and TV Shows

FreeTime Unlimited includes movies from Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, and Angelina Ballerina, as well as TV shows your children want to watch, with episodes from Sesame Street, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Yo Gabba Gabba, Caillou, and many more.

E-books for Fun and Education

Flip through beautifully-illustrated picture books, including new and classic favorites like Big Nate, Phineas & Ferb, and Kung Fu Panda, as well as books by Caldecott-honored authors such as Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji and Barbara Lehman's Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Enjoy hundreds of eBook apps with Read-to-Me functionality from characters such as Scooby-Doo, Thomas the Tank Engine, Arthur, and Superman, and from award-winning children's author Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La La La!).

The Best Games for Kids

Featuring dozens of children's games with no ads and no risk for in-app purchases like Cut the Rope and Magic Piano, as well as Disney’s bestselling Where’s My Perry and Where’s My Water, and popular early development games like Kids Learn to Read, My First Puzzles Dinosaurs, and SuperWhy!.

Learn more about Kindle FreeTime Unlimited

Ultra-Fast Web

Kindle Fire HD offers a new version of Amazon Silk, our cloud-accelerated browser, which provides a better than 30% reduction in page load times over the previous version.

Easy to Read

There are multiple ways to enjoy your favorite web content. With a single touch, the user interface disappears to allow for full screen reading. Or, you can turn on Reading View to enjoy a clean, easy-to-read version of the site that removes all unnecessary images and other website clutter.

Trends and Recommendations

Looking for the latest news or the next big site? Trending Now alerts you to pages that have recently seen an unusually high level of traffic, which is generally a good indicator that the page or topic may be particularly noteworthy right now.

No Set-up Required

Kindle Fire HD arrives pre-registered to your Amazon.com account so you can get started right away, including having immediate access to any previously purchased content you may have.

Intuitive Interface

Spin through recent content straight from your home screen. Pin favorites and access at a touch. Whether you're in the mood to watch, read, listen, or play, Kindle Fire HD gets you started quickly and easily.

1-Click Shopping

No switching between apps, no juggling passwords and profiles - Kindle Fire HD is seamlessly integrated with Amazon's content stores so you can shop new books, movies, games, and apps with a single tap.

Read-to-Me

With Text-to-Speech, Kindle Fire can read English-language content out loud to you, when available from the publisher.

Discover More of What You Love

Kindle Fire HD makes it easy to find content you'll love by using Amazon's powerful recommendation engine to compare your purchases and favorites with over 15 years of consumer purchase history and suggest content to you, right from your homescreen.

Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity

Kindle Fire HD features built-in Bluetooth support, so you can connect to a variety of different wireless accessories such as stereo headphones, speakers, keyboards, and more.

Share Your Screen with HDMI Out

Share your favorite videos and photos on your TV or other display in rich high definition via the built-in HDMI out port.

Connect to Your Corporate Email

Read email and attachments, manage calendars, and sync contacts on the go. Kindle Fire HD features full support for Exchange-based accounts making it easy to stay connected when you step away from the office.

Carry and Read Your Documents

Your weekend travel plans, the latest office report - keep your essential information close at hand and backed up on the cloud. Email spreadsheets, PDFs, Word docs and more directly to your device or upload from your PC or Mac using Amazon Cloud Drive.

Kindle at Work

Take advantage of email, calendar, and apps from the Amazon Appstore for Android to stay connected away from the office.

Featured Accessories

Perfect Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. This Kindle cover includes a fusion of premium textured leather exterior with a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The case automatically wakes your Kindle Fire HD upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your content.

Technical Details

Display7" 10 point capacitive touch high definition color display; 1280x800 resolution, video playback at 720p, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology
Size7.6" x 5.4" x 0.4" (193 mm x 137 mm x 10.3 mm)
Weight13.9 ounces (395 grams)
System RequirementsNone. Kindle Fire HD is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
Storage16GB internal storage (approximately 12.6GB available for user content) or 32GB internal storage (approximately 26.9GB available for user content)
Battery LifeOver 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary
Charge TimeFully charges in under 4 hours via the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Charges in approximately 13.5 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable
Wi-Fi ConnectivityDual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
PortsUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers
Audio3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine
Content Formats SupportedKindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)
SensorsAmbient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope
Location ServicesLocation-based services via Wi-Fi
Additional FeaturesExternal volume controls, front-facing HD camera, built-in microphone, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, headsets, and speakers
Accessibility FeaturesVoice Guide, Explore by Touch, Text-to-Speech, adjustable font sizes and color, built-in dictionary. Learn more
Warranty and Service1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here
Included in the BoxKindle Fire HD tablet, USB 2.0 cable, and Quick Start Guide. Power adapter sold separately

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30,946 of 31,676 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For September 17, 2012
By TL
Configuration:With Special Offers| Digital Storage Capacity:16|Verified Purchase
I've been an iPad user since the original came out. I also have an iPad 3. I have worked in IT for the past few years so I would say I am pretty good with technology and fancy new devices. With that introduction out of the way, I will be reviewing key points that I have seen touched upon in other reviews. Here goes...

BUILD
The device feels nice and solid. I'm a little surprised at how heavy it is, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The rubberized backing is always nice for added grip. It's not as nice as say unibody aluminum, but it's not $500 either.

SCREEN
The screen is fantastic. But my problem is the same as when iPad got Retina Display, other than the OS, most apps look rather pixelated. A lot of the games I tried are not high definition, at least not high enough to look smooth on this screen. Hopefully apps get updated to higher resolutions.

LOCK SCREEN ADS
Yeah there are ads on my lock screen. I'm not sure why this is such a big deal. How much time do people really spend looking at the lock screen? The first thing I thought when I saw the ads is WOW the pictures are really crisp! The ads are there to subsidize some of the $200 price tag. I might pay the $15 to get rid of them so I can customize it, but I might not. I feel like this has been blown out of proportion by other customers.

SOUND
The sound from the speakers is great. Much better than you would get from more expensive devices, very crisp and clean. I have the official Amazon case on and it has not affected the sound at all. Nothing much else to say, I doubt anyone will complain about this.

CRASHING
I've had two apps crash on opening. I don't know if it is the app or the OS. It's probably somewhere in the middle. Again, not a big deal for me.
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7,350 of 7,720 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional September 17, 2012
Configuration:With Special Offers| Digital Storage Capacity:16|Verified Purchase
I have been an Amazon customer for years having owned the first gen Kindle and currently the 6" Kindle. I have purchased the 1st gen Fires for my children for Christmas last year and I have purchased both the touch and 1st Fire for my father.

I already own an Ipad and did not feel the need to own a Fire, since I believe they duplicated the same purpose. I did however place an order for the Paperwhite, but after thinking about it, why not own a full functional device that is more than just an ereader.

I love the eInk displays and how light the regular Kindles are. One of my main gripes about tables are that they are heavier and you cant read the screen in bright daylight. I'm not really sure why the daylight is such a big deal for me, since I probably only read outside when I'm on vacation (2x a year).

Anyway, I cancelled the Paperwhite and ordered the Fire HD. I love it. It is portable, I never take my Ipad anywhere, just too big. I uploaded my entire music library from Itunes to Amazon Cloud, (so much for being locked down Apple!) and of course all of my books are on it. I regularly borrow books from my local library and was often frustrated that when I was away from home I could not search for books on my regular Kindle, becuase the experimental browser was just not functional enough.

The sound is amazing as everyone has said, as well as the display. No need to go into detail about what everyone else said. My only gripe is that the touch screen is not really as responsive as I would like, but it still works fine. The display does cut the reflection and you can read out doors. That is not to say there is no glare, it's just not an unreadable LCD screen any longer.

As far as the ads go, I don't find them obtrusive.
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The Amazon team saysOctober 1, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're glad you're enjoying your Kindle Fire HD, and we are particularly excited to see your encouraging comments regarding the display and sound quality, as the team worked really hard to build an excellent experience.

We wanted to answer your question about storage. HD content is much larger than SD content, which is why Kindle Fire HD starts at 16GB. On average, a 90 minute HD movie is 2GB and a 45 minute HD TV episode is 0.9GB. With your 16GB Kindle Fire HD, you can have up to 6 HD movies or 13 HD TV episodes. This number will vary depending on the other items you have stored or installed on your device.

We hope this information helps.

Thanks,
The Kindle Team
3,580 of 3,805 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire HD September 17, 2012
Configuration:With Special Offers|Digital Storage Capacity:16
I purchased the original Kindle Fire on release day last year. It served me pretty well but was extremely glitchy. It would freeze, restart and stutter while playing games. For what it was, an entry level device, it wasnt bad.

So when the Kindle Fire HD was released, I decided I might as well give it a go as well. So far the Kindle HD looks to be twice the machine the original was. I am gonna keep this short and sweet and just create a pros and cons list for you guys. I dont want to be too long winded, but if you have questions you post in the comments, I will try to respond to them for a little while today.

PROS:

1. Vibrant Screen
2. Much more responsive to the Touch than the original Kindle ever was.
3. Games that stuttered on the Original, play flawlessly on the HD.
4. The speakers are awesome, Loud, clear and crisp. No need for the Volume + app like on the original fire.
5. The device is slim, sleek and sexy. Really like the curves on the back and the styling.
6. Front facing camera works great for SKYPE. Quality was better than that on my SIII phone.
7. Wifi seems a bit faster, but not by much. Silk still isnt an optimal browser though. I have 65Mbps Download and 15Mbps Upload subscribed service.
8. Cloud sync worked like a charm, almost everything from my old fire is now on my new Fire HD.
9. The device feels sturdy and well built.

CONS:
1. The "Customers Also Bought" on the bottom of the home screen is terrible. I can care less about what others bought. The advertisements on the Lock Screen are fine and understandable, they really dont bother me at all or with the function of the device.
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Nice device, don't like the Amazon version of android. To centered on buying from Amazon. The hardware is pretty good for the money. Good sound, great image. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars still having memory problems. shows that there are files ...
still having memory problems. shows that there are files stored in videos and media which I have not put there and have no idea of how to clear. sometimes it turns itself off. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by George A. Lepper
2.0 out of 5 stars This is probably a great tablet, but I bought used through an Amazon...
This is probably a great tablet, but I bought used through an Amazon daily deal and it has some serious quirks. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Stephen M. Laub
3.0 out of 5 stars My 11 year old daughter uses this in school and ...
My 11 year old daughter uses this in school and at home. She loves it!! The only problem is that when the battery gets to about 20% it will repeatedly shut itself off - unless it... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Harry Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok
Published 10 hours ago by Marietta
1.0 out of 5 stars Please read before purchase
CRAP! Bought kindle just over one year ago. Immediately after warranty expired kindle started shutting off. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
the first one you sent, did not work at all!!!
Published 13 hours ago by peggy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
does not work right
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