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Kindle Fire - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 2nd)

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  • 40% faster performance than the first generation Kindle Fire, with new processor, longer battery life, and twice the memory
  • Over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games
  • Fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
All-New Fire HD 8

Technical Details

Display7" multi-touch color display; 1024x600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, IPS (in-plane switching) technology
Size7.44" x 4.72" x 0.45" (189 mm x 120 mm x 11.5 mm)
Weight14.1 ounces (400 grams)
System RequirementsNone. Kindle Fire is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
Storage8GB internal storage, approximately 5.5GB available for user content
Battery LifeUp to 9 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 3.3 hours via the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Charges in approximately 11.5 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySingle-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 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
Audio3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers
Content Formats SupportedKindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, 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)
SensorsAccelerometer
Location ServicesLocation-based services via Wi-Fi
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 tablet, USB 2.0 cable, and Quick Start Guide. Power adapter sold separately

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UPDATE: I bought both a Fire HD and a Gen 2. (as a present to my mother in law) My initial reviews were written after playing with them for like 20 minutes. I merged both reviews into one to really compare the two products. I'm still answering questions in the comments if you have any. And see the video that compares the two and gives a mini tour of the Kindle system.

My Background: I've had 4 android phones, I've had multiple e-readers and my latest 'touch' device is the Le Pan II Android tablet. I've worked on several iPads but never been compelled to spend the extra money for one myself. Wife has a first generation Fire.
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The new Kindle Fire and Fire HD are the second generation color kindle e-reader/media player/tablet devices. The original Fire received a lot of well earned 4 star reviews. It was a great product but at the end of the day, it was a first generation product. It was no iPad slayer. The Fire HD raises the bar and raises it quite a lot. Jeff Bezos said they set out to make the best tablet available period and -in some regards- they did that in spades. In other ways not so much. (more on this below in the closing thoughts)

HARDWARE:

BUILD QUALITY:
- BOTH are top Notch. I didn't expect anything less from Amazon but they really are solid feeling.
- FIRE HD lighter and while it is about the same thickness, the edges are rounded more like an iPad. sleeker look and more comfortable to hold.
- FIRE GEN 2 is heavier and 'boxier' built to more fit existing covers I guess. It's heavier too.

SIZING:
The HD is just a bit taller but a decent bit wider than the Fire. --- NOTE pay attention to accessories because THEY ARE NOT THE SAME SIZE.
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I purchased the Kindle Fire ten months ago for my daughter. Three weeks after she got it, it was stolen. Amazon worked with our police department to find the person who had taken it. Amazon first put a hold on the person's account and shut down the Kindle Fire so it wouldn't work. Then, once Amazon had a subpoena, Amazon gave the police all the information the thief had registered to my daughter's Kindle Fire and the police were able to recover it and get it back to us. Since that time, we have purchased an additional Kindle Fire and, just recently, a Kindle Fire HD. We use them like iPads at a fraction of the cost and the number of free books and apps available is unmatched by their competitors. Our oldest Kindle Fire (ten months old) just stopped charging and I contacted Amazon via Live Chat. Immediately, they said they would send me a replacement Kindle Fire and would also email me a printing label for free shipping to return the defective one. Their customer service is incredible! The Kindle Fire itself is amazing. The internet is fast; connects perfectly to all wi-fi; the graphics are clear and sharp; the books and apps offered are endless. My teenager listens to Pandora on it constantly. I'm always reading. My husband checks the sports scores. My young sons are always playing the game apps. We have them protected in KlearKase protectors and have found them to be well-made, quality devices. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a Kindle Fire to anyone of my friends and family.
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I bought the Kindle Fire for my 5 year old son. I was going to get him a childs tablet for Christmas, but this was on sale for almost the same price. I decided I would get him a real tablet with a better range of games, books and overall better quality.

I bought the Kindle on Cyber Monday, and paid for 2 day shipping. I bought it around 2PM, and received it the next day by 10AM. I was incredibly impressed with how fast I received the product.

Before getting the Kindle, I read a review that there wasn't a paper "Getting Started" guide in the packaging. That review also went on to say that they had trouble navigating and figuring out how to use the Kindle. When I received the Kindle, it didn't have the guide. It only came with the Kindle and the USB cord. Having a smart phone, I wasn't too concerned because I know the basic functions of a touch screen. When you start the kindle, it walks you through a "Tips and Ticks" start up feature. When you get to the main screen, there is a getting started guide in the carousel of "Apps" to choose from. I applaud Amazon for being green! That's a great place to put the guide, and you wont' have to worry about losing it! I, personally, found the Kindle very easy to navigate without using the guide.

It does not come with a wall charger, but I used my iPhone charger and it works just fine 9 (and fast) in charging the Kindle. If you plug the USB into a laptop, it charges VERY VERY slowly BUT if you drop down to the notification screen on the Kindle, it does proactively tell you that it's connected to a low power supply and it'll charge slowly. It also tells you that while it's connected to the low power supply, it won't charge while the Kindle is in use.
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I am a self-confessed gadget junkie. I bought the very first Kindle, the very first iPad, and have updated both now. I saw the promise of the future in the first Kindle. I loved the size and ease of carrying multiple books with me any time I wanted. Also, the battery life was great. (One thing I really miss on the new Paperwhite is the cool screen savers on the original Kindle.) Then I bought the iPad and used the Kindle app some, but there were way too many distractions on the iPad to read much. This year I decided to upgrade my ereader to the new Kindle Paperwhite. I have it and love it for reading.

Now onto the Kindle Fire. When I ordered the Kindle Paperwhite, it wasn't supposed to be delivered until Dec. 21. I read reviews every day for the Paperwhite and started to get concerned about the negative reviews. I used the iPad in poor light or in the dark, but I wanted something smaller to take around with me. So, anyway, one day in early November I got a Lightning Deal on the Kindle Fire for $129.00. I decided what the heck. If I didn't like it, I figured I could give it to someone for Christmas or see about returning it. It ended up that I spent a total of $135.00 for the Kindle Fire and case and $158.00 for the Paperwhite and case. Still I got two cool gadgets for less than an iPad mini would have cost. I had considered the iPad mini at first, but I decided to wait for retina display on it before I felt compelled.

I ended up getting the Kindle Fire and the Paperwhite on the same day. I tried both of them out, and I like both for different reasons. I decided to keep both even though I have two iPads already. The Paperwhite is as great as I thought it would be for JUST reading. It has nothing extra to distract me from the joy of the book.
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