Jul 222013

Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers

Kindle Fire HD 7

  • Stunning 1280×800 HD display with rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual driver stereo speakers for crisp, booming sound without distortion
  • Ultra-fast Wi-Fi- dual-antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi for 35% faster downloads and streaming
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games

World’s most advanced 7″ tablet with stunning HD display, exclusive Dolby audio, and the fastest Wi-Fi found on a tablet. When it comes to HD displays, great resolution is just the start. Kindle Fire HD delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing filter and custom anti-glare technology. Our exclusive Dolby Digital Plus audio includes technology to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV sho

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  1. 22,485 of 22,953 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    You Get What You Pay For, September 17, 2012

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    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…

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. If it crashes, then I just tap it again and it works. I’ve also watched a few movies using the built in player as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime. No crashes for me at all. I’m sure OS stability will be improved as time goes on.

    Compared to my iPad 3, obviously the Fire HD is not as “good” so to speak. I mainly got it because I wanted something smaller. I also mainly used the iPad to surf the web, watch videos, and play some simple games. The Fire HD accomplishes this and does so much more. If you are expecting an iPad killer, or a desktop replacement, or a productivity machine, then you should look elsewhere.

    I bought this to be a media device, and I believe that is what Amazon meant this to be. In this regard, I think this is a great device. In fact, I decided to keep this and sell my iPad 3, which will give me another $200+ to spend on other things. Just remember, this device is not for everyone. If you want a media device, you will be happy with this. Do not expect an iPad for $200.

    UPDATE 9/18/12
    Just wanted to add a few more things I have noticed over the past 24 hours.

    - Power/Volume Buttons: There are a bit hard to press, which is somewhat alleviated by having the official case. Maybe it’s because I’m a longtime iPad user, but this will definitely take some getting used to.

    - Screen Glare: It took me a little while to notice, but I was playing a Seek & Find game while on Caltrain, with the bright Palo Alto sun shining right on me, and didn’t have any trouble seeing the screen. I remembered that Amazon mentioned how the screen was changed to reduce glare, and they did an amazing job.

    UPDATE 9/20/12
    Two days later and I am still very happy with the device. Here are some more thoughts from me:

    I have been playing Enigmatis (a hidden object game) for about an hour and a half each day on my commute. This drains about 15 – 20% of the battery with the screen brightness almost at the highest setting. Again, not iPad gold standard, but still very good.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and used an app called Easy Phone Transfer to get all my music from iTunes onto the phone. It transferred everything, including album covers, and I was hoping to find something like that for this device. I tried iSyncr, a $3 app, which did the job, but did not sync over album covers. I uploaded all my music into the Cloud, then downloaded it from Amazon, which increased the audio quality for a lot of my songs and added artwork, but this still did not show up on the device.

    I got very frustrated getting all the album artwork over and eventually just gave up. It’s not a big deal but I am kind of anal about those kinds of things. Just a heads up if anyone else out there is crazy about it like I am.

    UPDATE 09/21/12
    I got a call from Amazon Customer Service about this review, which surprised me very much. They advised me the best way to get the artwork to show up is have the songs in both the Cloud Player as well as the device, which I know does work fine. I was…

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  2. An Amazon.com official commented on the review belowSee comments
    5,080 of 5,293 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exceptional, September 17, 2012
    Kate “I Heart Books” (Buffalo, NY) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    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. I like knowing what other people bought or may have looked at. What’s the big deal? If your friends recommend something to you, do you get mad? Same thing here to me.

    I like that I can sync my email and now, actually use the Prime streaming video service. Yes, I know I could use the app on my Ipad, but like I said, I like it all packaged neatly here.

    My only question is how many HD movies/TV shows can you download to the device? I like to download them when I travel and delete when I get home.

    If you are an Amazon user, you should know that this tablet is no different that any other device (Apple?) that tries to get you completely integrated into their system. Should not really be a surprise to anyway that all of the shopping experiences point to Amazon.

    I am pleased to have a tablet that is portable and easy to use.

    Great job Amazon.

    My word to the rest of the “reviewers” don’t actually own the product, but write reviews on products that you don’t own, to grip about a feature you read about. It’s silly and clutters the reviews for those of us that actually like reading what other people are saying about a product.

    **Update 10/1/2012**

    After having my fire for a few weeks I still have very few complaints. I pretty much carry it with me whenever I am out of the house. I love having the option to read or if there way available wi-fi watch a movie. I wish it came with 4G but I bet it would make the price out of line with other small tablets.

    The only cons I have is the typing experiences. It seems there is not predicitive text for the Silk browser which makes typing a little tough. I hear though there will be an update.

    I dislike fingerprints on the screen when reading, but easily remedied with s soft cloth.

    I have read 3 books and I am on my 4th and the screen is no issue whatsoever. This was my biggest concern before purchasing. I have no issue whatsoever. Just so you know, I read a lot and love the Eink Kindles, so this was an experiment to see if I could read for long periods of time with no eyestrain. Not an issue at all.

    All in all I still love it. I have not used my Ipad since getting my fire.

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    Oct 1, 2012 5:13:28 PM PDT

    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.

    The Kindle Team

  5. 1,379 of 1,444 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Kindle Fire HD, September 17, 2012
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    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.


    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.

    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. The CAB on the home screen take away from having your favorites immediately accessible and are extremely intrusive with no option to remove it. I would gladly keep the ads on the lockscreen and pay 15 bucks to get rid of the CAB on the homescreen. Enough on that.
    2. I work in a hospital and I know 11 people including my wife who now is a proud owner of a Fire HD. One thing we have all noticed is that sometimes when you unlock your device, the speakers will make a popping sound, sort of like a static or feedback. Hopefully this gets fixed.
    3. Compared to the Original fire, there is a noticeable delay when clicking on apps or games. It seems more prevalent on certain apps but the same apps have no issue on the original Fire. More prevalent on the HD than on the original.
    4. Magic books. For some odd reason, things I remove from the carousel magically reappear to irritate me constantly. I am a bit OCD and only want what I use to be on my carousel and nothing more. Hopefully this will be fixed as well.
    5. Certain apps that were available on the Kindle Fire, are not available on the Kindle Fire HD. Accuweather for example is no longer a free app on the HD neither is ScreenDim.
    6. I do not understand why we cannot use a different keyboard like Swiftkey. That would be a massive upgrade over the stock keyboard.

    1. Flash Player- It isnt so hard to get this to be a flash device. First you need a browser that allows flash to operate. Download a browser like Dolphin 8.8.1 to begin with. Not only does Dolphin perform better than Silk, it is more intuitive as well. Next download Flash Player 11.1 for ICS, make sure its for ICS. Once both are sideloaded, install, and flash should be working. It works on mine. CHECK MY COMMENTS FOR A STEP BY STEP
    2. Charger not included- Again, in this day and age, most cellphones and other electronic devices use a mini usb charger. Just use the same plug for the Fire HD. I use my old Fire charger just fine.
    3. Carousel- While most agree customization of the carousel skins would of been a nice touch, it still isnt a deal breaker and I didnt buy it to stare at the carousel.

    I probably have over 20 hours on the Fire HD right now. From my memory that is all I can recall. If I remember anything or run across anything, new I will just edit in an update below. Any questions just ask in the comments. Overall, this device seems like a great deal. It should be much stronger once a patch is released to fix some bugs, but what doesnt need a patch these days once a product is released. Overall great showing by Amazon. Good Luck

    Update #1 9-17-2012
    So this is the second time that I have come home from work and the wifi on my Kindle Fire HD is acting wonky. It worked fine at work, then I got home and if I wasnt in the same room as the router, I couldnt get a page to load even though I had full bars of wifi. A reset of the Kindle HD completely fixed this and now I am outside on my front porch, far far away from my router. Hopefully an update will fix the wifi steadiness. Not sure if its because I switched to a different network or what, but I am gonna submit feedback to amazon regarding the…

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