PROS / The Kindle Fire HD offers a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and dual-band, dual antenna for quicker downloads. It also offers Dolby audio and dual-driver speakers for virtual surround sound.
CONS / Because of the LCD screen, this device allows you to select your choice of brightness levels instead of actual gray scale levels.
VERDICT / If you are searching for an eReader you can play games and watch movies on, this is the best choice.
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The Kindle Fire HD is taking the eBook Reader world by storm. This device allows you to read your eBooks, magazines and newspapers. However, it is much more than that. You can also surf the net if you are connected to Wi-Fi, and you have the option to download and watch your favorite movies or television shows in high definition. Additionally, you can download and play your favorite games. Amazon also now offers the Kindle Fire HD that is 8.9 - inches and an 8.9 - inch version that also offers 4G.
This eBook Reader has an LCD, high-definition 7-inch display, measured diagonally. Additionally, it offers the best resolution on our lineup at 1280 x 800. This screen will bring your movies to life while still allowing you an excellent reading experience. Weighing in at 13.9 ounces with a 7.6 x 5.4-inch facade and a 0.41-inch thickness, the Kindle Fire HD is still small enough to throw in your backpack and take just about anywhere with you. This device also comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and dual-band, dual antennas. This allows you to download your content much quicker than older versions could. Additionally, the Kindle Fire HD comes with Dolby audio as well as dual-driver speakers, which creates a surround sound effect.
One of the great options that the Kindle offers to its users is its dedicated content server. This allows you to shop on Amazon.com and download any book you like at any hour of the day. Amazon currently offers over a million different book titles that you can purchase. Additionally, it offers a lending library for its Prime members. Being a Prime member requires you to pay an annual fee to Amazon, but you will have several perks such as borrowing eBooks from the lending library with no return date. You can also stream videos instantly on your Kindle Fire HD.
Amazon also offers you the ability to download textbooks for students. Currently, it has over 150,000 different textbooks available with more being added every day. Using the Kindle Fire HD for textbooks is a simple way to keep all of your books in the same place, without taking up a lot of space in your dorm room or backpack.
Amazon offers over 208 different newspapers, which are available for download on your eBook reader. Some of these newspapers include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Washington Post, just to name a few. Additionally, you have the option to download magazines as well. You can choose from over 400 different magazine titles. The digital magazine subscriptions are much cheaper than a mail subscription, and you can download your magazine almost instantly and begin enjoying it.
For those of you who enjoy reading and keeping up on blogs, the Kindle Fire HD will help you to do that as well. Amazon offers thousands of blogs that you can become a part of using your eReader. You can find a Kindle blog on just about any topic that interests you, including news, entertainment, sports, science topics and more. Some blogs are free to join, however many also charge a monthly subscription price of a dollar or two.
Because high-definition media files are larger than average, the current Kindle Fire HD comes with your choice of either 16GB or 32GB of memory to ensure that you have enough space to download and enjoy your favorite content. Amazon also allows you to store anything that you purchase through its site on the Amazon Cloud at no additional cost.
The standard battery life of the Kindle Fire HD is 11 hours for surfing the net, reading or watching videos. However, battery life is also affected by other factors such as downloading content and your preferred settings. You can choose to charge your device by plugging it into your computer with a USB cable or plugging it into a wall outlet.
Because this eReader also functions as a tablet, it comes with an LCD display. You can select the brightness of your screen; however, you do not have the traditional gray scale levels that are on the older Kindle models. The LCD screen offers you more choices when selecting the best brightness level for your eyes.
The Kindle Fire HD offers a host of new features never before available on an eReader. This new eBook reader offers X-Ray for both movies and books. The new X-Ray feature allows you to tap the screen during movies and it will bring up the list of actors that you are currently viewing. It also allows you to view other movies in which the actors star in as well. X-Ray for books allows you to look up character information such as biographies and information from Wikipedia.
The Kindle Fire HD is a completely new experience for eBook readers. The device allows you to view your movies in the best quality HD we have seen on an eReader, while also allowing you the best options for reading. The new X-Ray feature for searching information on actors and searching Wikipedia for book information allows the Kindle Fire HD to really stand out. While it does not offer specific gray scale options, you do have the ability to choose the brightness level that is most comfortable on your eyes with this eReader.