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This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)Hello- This is taken from the perspective of a very dire hard Apple/iPad fan. Here goes.
First, this product is absolutely incredible. I really went into it expecting to dislike it. I even tried to cancel my order, but I was too late and it was delivered. Thus, I opened the package expecting to have nothing but complaints compared to my iPad3 (or whatever its called).
- Image quality is stunning. Really really terrific
- Build quality is, I think, actually better than the iPad (which shocked me)- The reason is that I HATE holding aluminum in my hands for a long time. It doesn't breath and when I'm on a hot airplane, I really hate it.
- Form factor is FAR FAR better than the iPad. Keep in mind, I travel to China and back all the time, so I really want something that is very portable. The form factor is 100% perfect for traveling.
- Flawless integration with Amazon's ecosystem- This is really the reason I bought it (and size). I actually sit there and smile when I use this to get to movies, tv, and all my books and magazines. SMOKES the iPad.
- Usability it terrific. I just turn it on and it works.
Why only 4 stars?
- 5 stars to me means 100% perfect. This is not 100% perfect, but its pretty darn close
- No charger? Really? C'mon. It takes hours to charge via usb. I just sort of feel short changed a little. I just used my iPad's USB charging plug and it works great.
- I've had to restart it 2 times in 4 days. It seems to just sort of get confused when I'm really hammering on it. Restarts take about 30seconds so its no biggie.
- Amazon needs more apps, badly. Granted, all I want is books, video, web browsing, email, and calendar. It does all this perfectly. But more choices would be nice.
Overall, I'm guessing my iPad will make its way to the kids now over time. If you travel a lot, want your amazon content, and do basic email/web/calendar, etc... this device smokes the iPad. I can't believe I'm saying this.
Hope this helps.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2012 7:04:18 PM PDT
T. Stephenson says:
From another iPod user, I would say your comments are right on.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 10:28:17 PM PDT
Trish R says:
Can either of you tell me how reading compares to the kindle touch? I know it's not e ink, but with the new screen, could you read outside?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 10:37:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2012 10:37:52 PM PDT
John C. says:
Yes, I was reading under a bright sunny sky the very next morning I received it. It's not as "eye friendly" as a black/white Kindle but tolerable. Ironically, bright colors such as magazines are a bit washed but that's to be expected. Just like a real magazine gets a sun glare the same thing happens with the Fire. Again, it's still readable.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 11:16:50 PM PDT
Trish R says:
Thanks for the quick response!! I have an iPad and can't read or see ANYTHING on it in the sunlight, but mainly wanted the new kindle for just books, but I figure if the fire HD is visible in sunlight without killing my eyes (I have iris muscle atrophy and my pupils stay large) then maybe I should just get the new fire. Decisions, decisions...lol
Posted on Sep 20, 2012 3:47:33 PM PDT
Marty J. Miller says:
Thanks for the concise review. A lot of these reviews are way too long. I didn't know it didn't come with a charger.
Posted on Sep 23, 2012 12:47:41 PM PDT
A. Richardson says:
I was looking for a review from an ipad user. I have an iPhone that I enjoy and have been eyeing all of my co-worker's iPads. Not sure I'm to the point where I need an iPad for work needs, so this Kindle sounds great. I will save myself money by getting this instead of buying my friend's iPad!
Thanks for a great, to the point review.
Posted on Sep 26, 2012 7:30:30 AM PDT
I live in the UK where the Kindle Fire is yet to be released so it was really interesting to read your comment. I am seriously thinking of getting this as I am too tired to go on the net when I get home from work. I will like to check my private emails, surf the web, read on my commuter to & fro work. So will you really, really recommend I purchase this product. Many thanks, Dee
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:15:43 PM PDT
John C. says:
In a simple answer, Yes. Remember though that the Kindle 7" does not have 4G so you will need wifi in order to access the net. Some web sites can actually be viewed normally like you would on a PC and some look better using the mobile version. It's a matter of preference really. Since I got my Kindle HD I only use my iPhone for emails, texting and calling. That's only because I haven't set my Kindle up to receive emails yet. Not sure if I will or not. I've also noticed I don't use my PC as much either. The Kindle HD really serves as an all purpose little web surfer, reader and media player. For $200 (not sure how much it is over there) it's great bargain and is well worth it.
Posted on Sep 27, 2012 7:12:53 AM PDT
Is there a Garmin Nuvi-like GPS app?
Posted on Oct 3, 2012 6:36:01 PM PDT
So I'm thinking of purchasing a Kindle Fire HD and am wondering if any of you use it for work for something like scheduling appointments? Are there good apps available for that? I am tired of carrying around my pen-and-paper planners and am interested in a tablet for gaming, reading, and scheduling. Suggestions?