Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kindle Fire HD (2013)



I received a Kindle Fire HD as a Christmas gift and for the past month, I've been 'getting to know' my new Kindle. ;-) 

I previously had a Kindle Paperwhite, that has now been gifted to Joe. He loves having his own ereader now. I tended to 'hog' it quite a bit, when we only had one ereader to use.. ;-)

You can read my review of the Paperwhite here. It was a tough act to follow as I love the Paperwhite for reading. 

But my new Kindle Fire HD has so many new features that I am also really enjoying. 

At the top of that list, the amazing C-O-L-O-R! 

Looking at them online really doesn't tell the whole story in this regard. The colors are so vivid and clear. And what a treat it is to now browse and enjoy books with images in them, in color. Such a visual treat.

The price for the new Kindle Fire HD is currently $139. at Amazon.com. IMO, that is a real bargain especially considering how much ereaders of this quality were selling for, only a short while ago. 

The Kindle Fire HD is a bit heavier than the Paperwhite, but still not uncomfortable to hold, for long periods of time, when reading. 

The screen size is generous. Dimensions are 7 1/2" x 5" overall, a bit larger than the Paperwhite, which was a nice surprise. I actually thought that the Kindle Fire was longer and narrower than the Paperwhite, but it's just as wide but longer.  

Battery life is about 8 hours based on tracking this a couple of times so far. I have used the Fire for trying out a few games too (for review purposes only, of course LOL) and that may account for the less than 10 hours of battery life that these are suppose to have. If it goes down any further for battery time though, I may be calling Amazon to check on this.

There is a lot to learn with any new gadget and the Kindle Fire HD is no exception. I feel like I've just scratched the surface so far, of what this ereader is capable of doing. 

I purchased a Kindle Fire HD users guide recently that was recommended to me (I'll also be reviewing that ebook soon) and that is helping with the learning process. 

The user/help info. included with the Kindle Fire HD itself, leaves a lot of questions unanswered. At the very least, for first time ereader users in particular, I think Amazon should be including some basic info in the printed booklet that comes along with the Fire. There was not even a mention of how long to charge the unit for the first time, in this booklet and that's about as basic as you can get. 

On the plus side re: help, the Amazon support team has been great for answering my questions, in a timely and knowledgeable way when I've phoned them. So help is close at hand, if needed. 

There is still a lot more that I hope to use my new Kindle Fire HD for. It really is so much more than just a new way to read books. And speaking of reading, it is easy on the eyes, in spite of the high-gloss screen. Now if I could only find a way to minimize all the smudges from using the touch screen features. ;-) 

So many freebies to enjoy. Games and all kinds of apps. Organizational tools. Streaming video, watching TV and movies (not sure if that's available in Canada but not a priority for me anyways). I did recently move my Amazon.ca account to Amazon.com, so I'll have to look into what added features that may allow. 

What's New about the Kindle Fire HD from the Amazon product review page:


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If you've been considering buying an ereader for the first time or are looking to upgrade to one with color like I was, the Kindle Fire HD (2013) is a tough one to beat and for so many reasons. 

Overall rating for this product: Very Good. 4 out of 5. 

13 comments:

  1. Excellent review. The color is amazing on this ereader and it is nice to read on too. I also love my Paperwhite and it's great to have my very own ereader.

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  2. My daughter's is not HD, but she is really happy with it. Funny that I've always been averse to using e-readers and at work I've just been given a Microsoft surface. Love it! :-) So, who knows, who knows?

    Greetings from London.

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  3. I am not ready to part with my just found Kindle...love it, of course all thanks to G.

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  4. Oh stop tempting me...lol. Maybe one day in the future. I'm so glad that you like it.

    Jen

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  5. We just got our first Kindle and love it. Enjoy yours!! :)

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  6. glad you are enjoying your Kindle Fire
    I got one last year and just haven't gotten into it that much
    Brett

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  7. too much distracting colours I would only enjoy it for your poems, I've decided to give the brand new kindle to my daughter-in-law, she's also and avid reader, but prefers book, oh yeah just like me, wait til she gets hooked on it...It's incredible, I love books I always will but with the waiting , shipping cost and the post office closing down i mean it's the way to go, no doubt, I'll keep my books, but now I'll use kindle because I have almost no money left at the end of the month to eat, don't worry the kittens get tons of food and litter I have to find a food one that can last me for a month, that's more your territory what can I buy that's cheap but good when I can't eat salads or milk or even soy or pasta...I eat bananas, It's amazing I found this 2 ingredients meal that is so easy even for me, first you make sure the the banana (just 1) is very mushy then you mix it in with one egg and smash until it's well blended you can use coconut oil or butter and it's a pancake..it,s delicious and it's a great breakfast or snack...I adore greek yogourt, but I can't eat it or I,ll suffer the consequences milk is out, but an occasional soy milk isn't too bad...anyway you know best...

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  8. Thanks for all your comments, I hope this review is helpful to anyone considering buying a first or new ereader. This is a great choice and a can't be beat price for all you get!

    I am having computer issues, my laptop is on the demise so won't be online much until I get a replacement. I will be back as soon as I'm up and running again.

    Happy Week to All, G

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    1. hope for a great one, and that time allows you to transfer all.....

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  9. I left a joke anyway for you this Friday I've put it up on the appropriate place it was a prayer for you as well lol

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  10. I'm still offline for a few more days, had some other computer glitches to work out.

    Will see you all soon, hugs, G

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  11. hello Geraldine,
    I bought the Badger Damascus Rose oil. Love it! Thank you so much. Wish i had it all winter as it has been quite dry. So glad to know about it and so many of these wonderful ingredients are my favorites.

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    1. I'm so happy to read this Tammie! I love the Badger Rose Oil so much, my fav moisturizer now.

      I have my new laptop set up and internet as of today, woohoo! Now the big catch-up begins. I'll be back to posting and visiting soon.

      Happy Week to All, G

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