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The free "lending library" book every month really is the icing on the cake though, and makes Prime membership a no-brainer. Amazon has also added multi-tasking of a sort, where swiping up from the bottom of the screen while you're in an app shows you the 20 most-recently-used items from your home screen, so you can quickly switch from one app to another without returning to the home screen. Being able to touch a word and have it bring up the dictionary is incredibly convenient and takes less than 2 seconds. Tablet and other accessories in images are not included. VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display.

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You can now also schedule "Quiet Time" on the tablet, where notification sounds and pop-up notifications are disabled, either on a temporary basis by simply pushing a button or on a scheduled basis. Frankly, I doubt I'll ever use this feature but if you're the type who likes to read or watch video until you fall asleep, it's kind of nice to be able to disable all sounds so that you don't get rudely awakened when, e. However, if you swipe down from the top of the screen, tap the Settings option on the top right, and then select Help, you'll see various options, including Wifi information and troubleshooting tips, a comprehensive User Guide, information on providing feedback on select features, and information on contacting Customer Service via email or phone.

So what are the drawbacks? No camera or microphone, so no video conferencing, no Skype, no picture-taking. A little underpowered with a slightly reduced battery life and slightly higher weight when compared to the newest tablets e. Also, like the other Kindle Fire tablets, as well as the Apple iPad and the Google Nexus, the Kindle tablet line doesn't have a micro-SD slot, so the assumption is that you're consuming content from the cloud.

This is fine when you're using your tablet with wifi; not so good when you're traveling and want to load up your tablet with content for the trip. If the latter is something you expect to do regularly, you might want to consider the 16GB version. Also, if all of your content is on iTunes or on Google Play, you would have to side-load everything onto the tablet.

As is true of Apple and Google tablets, there's no way to automatically connect to the cloud storage of the competition. I was asked in the comments about downloading Prime Instant Videos. However, that option is not available for all movies and TV shows. It looks like they had to get the permission of the studios and not all of them said yes. So, for example, I was able to download "Casablanca" but not able to download "The Avengers" even though both are part of the Prime Instant Video collection and both are available for free streaming.

There seems to be some questions and some misinformation about the Amazon Prime day free trial that comes with these tablets. That day free trial expires automatically unless you specifically renew; they will not charge your credit card.

That differs from the experience when you explicitly sign up for the Prime day free trial on the Amazon. In the latter case, unless you cancel, your day free trial membership will automatically convert to the annual membership. There also seem to be some questions about the "special offers" version of this tablet. The special offers consist of an image with a link on the startup screen for the tablet. Once you're past that screen, there is absolutely no difference between the "with special offers" and "without special offers" tablet.

If you find the advertisements irritating, you can always go to the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon. Although the real comparison should be with the previous generation base Kindle Fire, for more on that, see below.

There were three tablets last year: There are three tablets this year: So how does this year's base model compare with last year's base model? The display is also brighter and cleaner. There really is no comparison. Last year's base model had no microphone or camera; neither does this year's. Last year's base model had no HDMI output; neither does this year's. Last year's base model had 8GB storage; so does this year's.

Last year's base model had no ambient light sensor; neither does this year's. When you look at it that way, this is a heck of a deal. How does the Kindle Fire HD compare to the competition? In this class, the major competition would be the Apple iPad Mini, which Apple is still selling, and the Google Nexus 7, which Google no longer sells but which is still available on Amazon.

It's worth noting that the aspect ratio of the HD and Nexus is Where this matters is watching video. If you're watching an old television show, a 4: If you're watching a high-def movie, the 4: Apple chose to maintain backward compatibility with prior devices rather than moving up.

The HD has Dolby Audio; the other two have standard stereo sound. The iPad Mini also makes the same mistake that Amazon made in its first-generation tablet: If you're watching a video, you'll have the tablet turned sideways and the sound will all come from the same side. The HD has the speakers placed in a more appropriate location.

All have dual-band wifi. There's really nothing to choose from here. All three are small, thin, and light. The iPad Mini is the largest but it also has the largest screen, and it is the lightest and thinnest. Both the Nexus and the iPad Mini have 1. The HD has no camera. If you need a front-facing camera, you'll need to move up to the HDX. If you need a rear-facing camera, you'll need to move up to the 8. None of them have a microSD slot; they all assume that you'll be using their respective cloud systems.

The HD is really a great price but you don't get a camera with this model. From my own perspective, there is no single clear winner, as each tablet has strengths and weaknesses. If you want apps, Apple and Google both have far more choices.

If you want to watch movies, I'd pick either the HD or the Nexus, as Apple's aspect ratio and its lagging sound put it at the back of the pack. If price is a factor, then I'd pick the the HD, unless you really need a camera, in which case, I'd recommend the Nexus.

If you're heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, i. Similarly, if you love browsing Google Play for apps to play on your Samsung Galaxy phone, you're likely to be disappointed in the section available on Amazon although, as I note above, most of the Google Play apps can be sideloaded onto the tablet. If you love your Google Now or Siri, neither of which will ever be available on Amazon, this isn't the tablet for you. It was pointed out to me in the comments that I missed a couple of alternatives that are worth considering.

One alternative is the Kindle Fire HD 8. The 7" Kindle Fire HD is no longer available on Amazon but you might be able to find it at a local Best Buy or office superstore as those stores run through their inventory. The only drawback is that it's a two-hander; this isn't a tablet you're going to be comfortable holding in one hand for very long. But sometimes the extra screen real estate is worth it. This was a very good tablet in and it still holds up in as a bargain tablet.

It's an even more compelling deal because of two factors: If you have Amazon Prime and you have Amazon eBooks in your collection, this tablet is a no-brainer. The price is low, particularly for what you get, and it's a small, light, budget without being cheap tablet with a good display and good sound.

This really is an excellent value. You should get the Kindle Fire HD if: This really is an excellent value for the money. I check back here pretty regularly. If you have questions, I'll be happy to try to answer them. With Special Offers Verified Purchase. Secondly, I want to tell you how I decided to buy this tablet. It was so slow that the web browser would always freeze, even if I did a simple Google search. I did not want to take a chance with it anymore and returned it after 2 days of using it; then I decided to give the kindle fire HD a chance.

The exterior is well built. No loose pieces, and the plastic is very firm. The first and most important thing that should be said about the Kindle Fire is that this is not an "iPad-killer. I have seen so many articles and comments comparing this to the iPad, and surveys where people are asked if they will be buying a Kindle Fire over an iPad this Christmas. If you are expecting an iPad, or even a tablet, you will be disappointed.

The main purpose of this device is to deliver Amazon content to you more effectively. It is designed for consumption, not creation. That is the reason it is so cheap and why Amazon is taking a loss on it.

They are hoping to make up for that loss through sales of videos, music, books, and apps through Amazon's Web Services. You can also use it to view your own movies and media, but will find that it is more limited in that way than a regular tablet. Personally, as someone who has ordered several rentals from Amazon Video, and had to contact customer support for every single one of them due to problems with Amazon's Unbox player or purchases not appearing in my downloads, I can really appreciate this.

But if you don't plan on using Amazon at all to obtain your media, you may want to take this into consideration before purchasing the Fire. Additionally, the reason this product is so hyped, and one of the reasons I like it so much, is due to the ridiculously low price. Amazon reviews shouldn't focus on price, but it is hard not to with this device. On price alone, this is a five star device. However when looked at the Fire overall, and when compared with other touch devices what little there is to compare it to , I have to give it four stars, since there are a few areas I feel could use definite improvement.

It might be difficult to hold it one handed and read a book for an hour or watch a movie. You're going to need to rest it on something. The display is made of Gorilla Glass, which is a highly damage-resistant. You can still crack it, but I have used a phone with Gorilla Glass for two years on it and it has zero scratches on it despite being kept daily in my pocket with my keys. The back of the tablet is rubberized, so it won't slide around and won't get scratched easily.

It also feels good in my hand. Despite all the companies that will be selling them, I do not think you need a screen protector. I have scratched Gorilla Glass before, but it is very difficult to do.

The Fire doesn't come with an SD card slot, with good reason. As mentioned, Amazon wants you to get content directly from them. It also reduces the production costs. You can transfer your own content to the device through the USB connection from your home computer. The Fire comes with 8Gb of storage, which is enough to hold about 8 downloaded movies, 80 apps, songs, or 6, books.

I filled mine up right away so I never checked it out of the box, but apparently it is closer to 6. You have to really become adept at managing your content through the Cloud. Books won't take up much room, but magazines are around Mb and movies are a little under 1 Gb. Free videos available through Amazon Prime cannot be downloaded, only streamed. So unless you buy a movie from Amazon or transfer one of your own, you must be connected through a wi-fi connection in order to watch your movie.

You get 5Gb which they will probably increase in the near future of free online storage to store anything you want, and you can access it from anywhere. This combines very nicely with the Fire. I can upload a playlist to it and listen to it on my home computer, then when I get to work the Fire can access it and pick it up where I left off. Any songs you get from Amazon Mp3 are automatically stored on the Cloud and don't contribute to the 5Gb storage space. Ultimately I ended up getting both since I prefer the E-Ink technology to the backlit display of the Fire.

It just isn't the same, and after hours of reading, the display would make my eyes hurt a bit just like with any tablet. However it is nice not to have to use a lighted cover to see my books in the dark.

The Kindle Fire is difficult to read in bright sunlight or on the beach. The touch navigation is very nice, but it doesn't function as nicely or quickly as it does on the iPad or even the Kindle Touch. This can be a problem for me, and the main reason I am using the Kindle Touch for reading books.

Additionally, the Fire doesn't support real page numbers, even though the Touch does. A year of that with my last Kindle and I still don't understand what that means. They need to fix this in an update. Being able to touch a word and have it bring up the dictionary is incredibly convenient and takes less than 2 seconds.

But still, the Kindle Touch handily beats the Fire for reading. I tried out several different magazines, and the main problem I had was with the formatting. I tried to read an issue of Bon Appetit and my eyes were straining after three pages. There is no way to read a single article without zooming. The Fire handles magazines two ways: A lot of magazines these days have several things going on in one page, with multiple columns, little sidebars and boxes everywhere, etc.

I couldn't view a lot of this without zooming, the text is just too small. So Page View did not work very well for magazines like this.

I found magazines like that unreadable on the 7" display. Magazines that focused mostly on the article, like Nature, Wired, etc, were handled much better.

Some magazines even come integrated with embedded video and audio, which is a very nice feature, and one I can see being very useful for things like Men's Health, but I haven't had as much of a chance to use it yet.

Text View is a very nice feature that works mostly well, but seems to get a bit confused with magazines that have complicated formatting, so it pretty much defeats the purpose since those are the ones I need it for the most. Amazon has a fairly extensive collection of comic books available for the Fire, including an exclusive deal with DC to publish many of their books.

In addition to a proprietary comic reader that comes on the Fire, Amazon also has a Comics by ComiXology app available to purchase issues and subscriptions through. Although I initially thought the 7" display would be too small, it is actually decent enough to serve as a comic reader.

I would definitely prefer a 10" version if they came out with one in the future. A 10" tablet is still the way to go for comics, but if you're looking for a cheaper option and portability, the Fire isn't too bad, and definitely beats a smart phone. It has a "panel by panel" feature that lets you scroll through the issue by different panels, which it will then zoom in on. You tap the panel when done, and it moves to the next panel.

This is great for getting a larger view and working around the size restriction, especially since some of the text in the comics is just too small to read. Although it is fairly decent, if you are considering the Fire just for comic books, and you are a Marvel fan, you may want to hold off and look at another retailer's device which I think has a few more options.

You can load your own. That is why the Fire is so reasonably-priced. Amazon music is DRM-free. DRM is copy protection. That means that the record labels haven't locked down the music you buy from Amazon to restrict how you use it.

Amazon MP3 music is playable anywhere, even on your Apple devices. It also has a very high bitrate so you are getting great quality. You don't have to worry about not being able to listen to your music 15 years from now if Amazon goes under. As far as video, I have always disliked Amazon's Video services. The prices are very reasonable and they now have a huge selection, but obtaining the videos is a huge pain due to Amazon's terrible Unbox player. If you make a lot of purchases with Amazon, or if you have several Amazon customers in your household, you should take advantage of their Prime program.

In addition to the large selection of free videos now available to Prime members, the shipping advantages are amazing. Everything I order I get within 2 days. The Prime program seems expensive but it has certainly paid for itself over the years for me, and now is even better that it is integrated more with the Fire.

The only problem I have with video playback is that everything I watched did not fully expand to the screen, and was letterboxed. Considering the small 7" display size, this was an annoyance for me. I know shows have different aspect ratios, but some should fit the display, and I think many users will be annoyed that they can't zoom or stretch the display to fit. You can also instantly connect with family and friends by asking Alexa to drop in on enabled Echo devices.

For example, you can drop in to ask what time dinner will be ready, see the baby's nursery, or check in with a close relative. Fire tablets currently do not support incoming Drop In requests or incoming Alexa Announcements. Enhance your video experience with features you only get from Amazon, including On Deck for watching videos anywhere, ASAP for fast video streaming, and X-Ray to go behind the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows while you watch.

Choose from millions of Kindle eBook and magazine titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Connect with the largest online community of book lovers on Goodreads. Read comfortably at night with Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS feature that automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience.

With millions of songs from thousands of artists, the Amazon Digital Music Store brings all your favorite music to your fingertips. Music you buy on your Fire tablet is saved to Your Music Library for free, and you can play or download it anytime. Audible offers more than , titles, including audiobooks, best sellers, romances, thrillers, and much more.

Fire tablets feature instant access to over , of the most popular free and best-selling games, social media, premium TV and movie provider apps, and so much more. Award-winning Amazon FreeTime is built from the ground up to help give parents peace of mind when it comes to tablet use.

Easy-to-use parental controls allow parents to create a profile for each of their children, set time limits, and give kids access to age-appropriate and curated books, apps, games, and videos. Amazon FreeTime is free on every Fire tablet. Alexa will connect you with the people who matter most. Make hands-free voice calls to almost any local number, message your contacts, or video call friends and family who have a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or have installed the iOS or Android Alexa App.

You can also instantly connect with family and friends, by asking Alexa to drop in on enabled Echo devices. If you haven't tried Amazon Prime in the past, we'll give you a day free trial.

Prime Reading gives you unlimited access to over a thousand books, current magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more. Prime Video offers offline viewing at no additional cost.

Prime Music is a benefit of your Amazon Prime Membership, featuring a growing selection of over two million songs, always ad-free and on-demand. Learn more about Unlimited. Prime members can subscribe to any or all of these channels with a free trial. Made with premium fabric, our slim, form-fitting case designed by Amazon conveniently allows your Fire tablet to rest in either landscape or portrait orientation so you can enjoy your content hands-free.

Easy to attach and remove, the cases are integrated with a magnetic closure to ensure your cover stays shut while on the go, and automatically puts your Fire tablet to sleep when it is closed and wakes it upon opening. Perfect for using your all-new Fire HD 8 with hands-free with Alexa so you can pause while watching video, ask for measurements while cooking, control your smart home, and more. Explore beyond our cases, and accessorize your device with a wide selection of memory cards, screen protectors, extended warranty services, and more.

Add microSD card for up to GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage. Up to 10 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and 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. Certain software features or apps may reduce battery life. Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support.

VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen.

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