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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

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List Price: $ 299.00

Price: $ 299.00

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  1. Rick Mallory Jr. says:
    3,050 of 3,113 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My Thoughts (Typed Using The Kindle Fire HD 8.9), November 22, 2012
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    Rick Mallory Jr. (Colonial Heights, Virginia) –
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    Let me start out by saying that I am new to the tablet world and have had no experience using any tablets prior to this buy. That life said, I spent a fantastic deal of time fishing around through reviews and specs of what seemed like countless tablets for months. The obvious cliche conclusion led to all fingers pointing at some variation of an iPad, yet for me, I do not see much sense in purchasing a tablet (regardless of brand) for around the same price as a cheap yet descent laptop that will have more potential.

    Enter the Kindle Fire HD.

    I will spare you the tale on my process of how I finished up choosing a Fire HD and get right to what you all want to know: my thoughts and experience thus far with the product.

    Picture: (10/10)
    I will start with this since obviously that was the first thing i noticed. In a word, incredible. Now its not “eye popping” or anything out of this world, but i can honestly say it exceeded my expectations and i was (and take up again to be) impressed by this piece of hardware’s capabilities. I veteran out just a few minutes of TV shows, trailers, videos, and films from Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Flixster, and Youtube (through the web browser since an app is currently unavailable) and everything looks as it should (and gorgeous to boot)! Books come out crisp as well (both in text and picture) and the same goes for basic website visuals, apps, and games. By and large I am very impressed.

    Sound: (10/10)
    This is probably where i was most impressed. I have seen some of the reviews on here that are 3 stars or less putting down the audio or claiming they don’t hear the huge deal. Not to be a jerk or anything but i recommend those people check in at an ear clinic and have their hearing veteran. I was literally amazed at how I was hearing sounds from various distances and angles. From up close it felt like i was hearing a high quality home acting system and not just for one flick but everything. From website audio to music, Netflix to Audiobooks, this tablet sounds fantastic!

    Book/Reading Features: (10/10)
    At first this was not my primary reason for purchasing a Fire HD, but after toying around with a few things, I am truly impressed at how well Amazon has integrated the ability to find, buy, read, and even listen to journalism. The lending library for Prime users is a nice added touch allowing you to borrow from a rather extensive list of books. Not to mention many timeless classics are available for free (such as Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels, Small Women, The Iliad, The Jungle Book and many more) and of those titles, many come with free audio! If you do not feel like spending the money on audio (or if your book has none available) the text-to-speech feature is surprisingly well done with minimal error. With all this life said, I can honestly say that I am excited to start reading again.

    Web Browsing: (8/10)
    The only reason I do not give this a 10 is because web browsing (with what is given out of the box) lacks Flash support which limits the capabilities. But, with a bit of research I was able to find forum discussions on how Fire HD users were able to work around this by downloading an app called ES File Explorer and then a separate browser called Dolphin that gives you Flash capabilities, so this is an simple fix that even a monkey could figure out how to do as long as they are uncomplaining. Though don’t get me incorrect, Silk is quick and gorgeous and i use it for the majority of my web surfing, but occasionally Flash is needed. As I am sure you have read by now in other reviews, the fact that the Fire HD does not automatically come with Flash support is not Amazon’s fault yet rather Adobe for pulling he plug on their involvement with tablets. Again, as long as your network is place together well, browsing the web is very quick and up to par with dare I say some computers.

    App Availability: (8/10)
    To me, this is the only area where the Fire HD lacks. I would rate lower here but I am trusting that over time and after updates, the lineup will have grown. Once more, with a bit of research you can find discussions on how to “sideload” apps from your computer and other devices, but that could be a bit too advanced for the average user. Though for what it is worth, the selection it does currently come with is top notch. Just to name a few, some vital missing apps include: YouTube, Dropbox, and SiriusXM. Still, as far as I am concerned, this certainly is not a deal breaker and I am sure that as things progress access to these will be converted into available.

    Look/Feel: (10/10)
    The 8.9″ model that I own and am currently reviewing was a lot lighter than I expected and it is right what they say ( it is just right to fit in one hand). Out of the box/pre-case the Fire HD looks fantastic and is very thin, sleek, and dare I say…sexy? The only minor gripe I would have (that I noticed other…

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  2. Michael Gallagher says:
    2,651 of 2,726 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant Value and Fantastic Gadget, November 24, 2012
    By 
    Michael Gallagher (Houston, TX) –
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    Originally published in November 2012, Updated January 19, 2013 after using this Fire for numerous months…

    As there appears to be mixed reviews of the 8.9′ Fires – ones with 4G access and those without – to clarify, this review is for the 8.9″ tablet with the 4G connectivity selection.

    To get the iPad comparison out of the way, I place this tablet side-by-side to my iPad 2 I use for work. Downloads were slightly nearer and the video screen resolution and the colors were more vibrant on the Fire vs. the iPad 2.

    Screen Spectacle / Video Playback:

    With the larger HD screen, if playing video is vital to you this is the version of the Fire to get as the screen spectacle is honestly impressive with sharp and crisp colors. The spectacle on this HD Fire was one heck of a lot better in terms of serration than last year’s model and even this year’s smaller HD model.

    Amazon also added a cool feature on this one with the HDMI micro connection port. I have an HDMI micro plug and was able to hook this up to the huge screen to watch an episode of the science fiction series Defying Gravity. It played back fantastic smoothly with no problems.

    Wi-Fi connectivity:

    My standard test for trying out new gadgets is to see how quick they run side-by-side with a known piece of equipment doing the same test at the best place of Wi-Fi in my house and the worst place where it drags. In this comparison, I had this 8.9″ version of the Fire sitting next to the “smaller” HD version of the Fire, my Motorola RAZR smartphone, my iPad 2 (yes, the Kindle guy uses an iPad for work), and the new 7″ Fire all just using a Wi-Fi connection vs. cellular connectivity..

    My website test is to hit the mobile websites of FoxNews, CNN, my personalized Yahoo page, Google, and the Houston Chronicle. The ones that were usually slow on the other devices and were still slow but nearer than the other devices (Houston Chronicle and CNN), and for the other sites I couldn’t tell a difference in speed at the location bordering to my router. When I went to the slowest / worst reception location of my house, the speed did have a noticeable difference in the other devices as this one was slightly nearer but for a casual surfer it is not noticeable nor does it hang.

    Send by e-mail Setup:

    Send by e-mail setup was very simple with the built-in send by e-mail app for my main Google account – it took about a minute to input my send by e-mail address and password information and I was excellent to go: sending and receiving emails was a snap, and when I sent a test message with pictures they showed crisply. I will tell you I primarily us an existing app called Enhanced Send by e-mail that I received here on the Amazon app store for free vs. what came as standard with the Fire for daily use, and it was simple to use – really better due to the larger screen size – with this version of the Fire. For those of you asking physically why am I using the Enhanced Send by e-mail curriculum, the simple answer is like many of you I have more than one send by e-mail account: you can quickly switch back and forth on the accounts with the tool. The bone idle person in me appreciates that as I don’t like getting out of the bone idle chair once I’m settled in!

    Game Play:

    I do play a lot of games, but they aren’t the heavy action / interactive games many of the kids play today. For my test, I tried out numerous rounds of Words with Acquaintances and a Majong derivative. The spectacle was crisp and the tablet was very responsive as it interacted over the WiFi network of my home to the game ma?tre d’h?tel.

    Sound / Music Playback

    Uncommon than last year’s model and the $159 this year’s model, the two speakers are located in the back of the Kindle Fire in two not-noticeable ports. My test of this feature was cranking up Van Halen’s Panama to maximum volume (I wanted to see if it could really play the guitar licks), and I would alternate covering one speaker up over the other: you have right stereo sound with no degradation of the sound that makes you reckon you are about to blow the speaker. But, the sound is not very crisp (the $159 Fire sounds better to me) as the sound is going away from you with the speakers life in the back. With a cover on the Fire to protect it, that can be a problem. It’s going to take a small bit of getting used to having the volume controls at the top of the device.

    Reading Books:

    Reading a book was enjoyable and simple on the eyes with the larger screen: I be grateful for life able to changing the default font to something else in addition to increasing the font size so I don’t have to wear my glasses. Turning pages is pretty darn simple – just tap the side of the screen to go to the next page or back a page, or you can swipe your finger across the screen to do the same.

    Bluetooth:

    Bluetooth setup was very simple. I veteran this with audio in my car as well as an external keyboard…

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  3. D. Carlson says:
    3,161 of 3,281 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the Greatest Tablet, but a Excellent One, November 16, 2012
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    D. Carlson
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    I wasn’t really in the market for another tablet, but my girlfriend finished up getting one for me so she got me on this one. I want to say that this tablet reminds me of the first Motorola Droid smartphone that came out numerous years back. The phone jam packed a ton of bells & whistles into its hardware and software to give a lot of bang for your buck. This is what it feels like amazon has done with the Kindle Fire 8.9. They have place a lot of advanced hardware and innovative software, so for the average user, specially someone who absorbs a lot of media, you get a lot for the price. But just because you get a lot for the price, doesn’t mean it is without its flaws. This is an updated version of my likes and dislikes, (my original analysis was a bit rushed, this is more meticulous):

    LIKES

    Build Quality

    I like the build of this product, it has excellent material design and durability. It feels nice in your hands and comfortable to hold with simple access to buttons. Since this is only 8.9″ and not 10 or 11 inches, it is simpler to grasp and hold in one hand with an by and large excellent aesthetic look and feel to it.

    Speakers

    I have to say, the more I listen to it, the more I like the sound. The speakers are certainly a step up from the norm and probably one of its best features. They produce a full, rich, and very vibrant sound you can experience music and movies the way they were meant to be experienced. It is not a home theatre experience, but as close as one can get with a small device like this.

    Screen

    The spectacle is very nice. I’m not sure if it compares with the clarity of Super Amoled or Retina screens, but it comes close. High screen resolution is not special to the Kindle, lots of tablets now have high resolution screens, some higher. What this screen has that other tablets don’t is the anti-glare, which works well under sunlight and highly lit places, it’s not something that seems advantageous until you work with a screen that doesn’t have this.

    Internet

    Kindle’s Wi-fi and Silk Browser make internet browsing quick. I did a comparison with a Samsung and Apple tablet, and noticed that the surfing was nearer, it wasn’t a huge difference but it was noticeable. Streaming audio and video had a larger and more noticeable difference, with the Kindle life very smooth, with fewer lags and dropped connections. This is key for me, I despise streaming content with pauses and breaks in loading, there is less of that in the Fire.

    Reading Experience

    In my opinion, this is Fire HD’s best feature, delivering a better reading experience than any tablet right now. This is no surprise as books are Amazon’s claim to fame and where they excel and have always excelled. I don’t know if you remember, but before Amazon was Amazon, they were the first online retailer for books. Before there was an iPad, there was the kindle. They have always been at the front position of the book buying and reading experience, now especially digital books. I reckon I remember reading that the Kindle was the main reason Limits Bookstore went out of business, Limits said they just couldn’t keep up with or contest Amazon’s delivery system.

    Now with this Fire HD, they offer even more advancements. With its X-ray for books, its ‘reading view’ that takes away messy images on a site leaving only text, `immersive’ reading that lets you play an audio book while reading, whispersync technology, and better optimization of text, other devices can’t contest. Granted it doesn’t compare to digital ink like on the original Kindle for me did the best to mimic actual reading, but as far as tablets goes its better than what is out there. If you are getting a tablet primarily for reading, this is gonna be a excellent choice.

    Amazon Universe

    I have a like despise relationship with Amazon’s Universe of services. I don’t like how even though the Kindle HD uses Android, it is somewhat restricted. Also, they don’t have as many apps as google or apple. But taking everything else into account, movies, books, music, prime lending library, prime movies, amazon is better. The huge drawback is you have to own a kindle to fully delight in their universe, which earnings if you own a kindle, you are limited from using other company’s universe.

    Apps and other features

    All the apps work fine, they start and stop as they should, not anything to criticize or brag about. The touch screen is smooth and responds excellent, though not anything like iPad…despise to say it but iPad thumps everyone on that, their touch and scrolling is very fluid and just feels right. I don’t have kids so I can’t really comment on the parental controls but from other reviews seems like something to have if you have kids. Can access send by e-mail and everything fine.

    DISLIKES

    When it comes to bringing together the right mix of original and developing technology in a tablet,…

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