Kindle Fire HD http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hd/news en-GB Amazon’s refreshed Kindle Fire lineup includes 6in £79 tablet, plus kid-centric variant http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The HDX 8.9 also gets Dolby Atmos and Firefly, while Fire OS 4 brings more cloud features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 6" alt="Amazon Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-firehd-6-7.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The middle of the night (or even late evening U.S. time) seems an odd time to announce a load of new hardware, but that&rsquo;s exactly what Amazon has done - and it&rsquo;s a pretty serious lineup refresh for the Kindle Fire.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously kid-friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For parents tired of shelling out to replace shattered device screens, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LOR524M/ref=fs_ket">new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition</a> should bring welcome relief. It has the same guts as the standard Fire HD, but is wrapped in a large kid-friendly frame.</p> <p>More importantly, it has a two-year warranty for free replacements, along with a year of Amazon&rsquo;s kid-centric FreeTime Unlimited media subscription service. The 6in model sells for US$149 (about &pound;92) while the 7in version comes in at (about &pound;116).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-firehd-kids.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDX 8.9 upgrade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Curiously, the standard Fire HDX remains unchanged amidst all of this lineup upheaval, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HCNHDN0/ref=fs_fs">Kindle Fire HDX 8.9</a> gets a nice update with a quad-core 2.5 Ghz processor and a 70% faster graphics engine, plus 4x faster Wi-Fi capabilities due to MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) tech. It also brings over the Firefly feature from the Fire Phone to identify and contextualize images and text in the world.</p> <p>The new HDX 8.9 also enhanced 2560x1600 display, with a new Dynamic Light Control feature that changes the white point of the screen to make digital pages look more like the real thing, and is the first tablet to integrate Dolby Atmos tech for more immersive soundscapes. The base 16GB option will sell for &pound;330 in the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of the new models run Amazon&rsquo;s new Fire OS 4, dubbed &ldquo;Sangria,&rdquo; which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and purports to be &ldquo;faster and easier to use,&rdquo; says Amazon&rsquo;s release. It&rsquo;s better integrated with Amazon&rsquo;s cloud, and includes a new Family Library feature for sharing content between accounts. Fire OS 4 will also be available as a free update for all third-generation Fire tablets.</p> <p>The new Fire HD models are set to hit the States on 2 October, while the Fire HD Kids Edition and Fire HDX 8.9 will follow on 21 October. No word yet on UK dates for this fresh hardware, but it shouldn&rsquo;t be long before we hear.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news">Amazon Fire Phone on sale 30 September, exclusively via O2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-firehd-hdx89.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Tablets Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447955 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Kindle Fire HD video review http://www.stuff.tv/2012-12-05%2019%3A23%3A48%20%200100 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s got the Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini squarely in its sights – but how does the Amazon Kindle Fire HD fare as an all-round multimedia consumption device? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="366" height="295" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Amazon%20Kindle%20Fire%20HD.png?1371556289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2013750940001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2013750940001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/2012-12-05%2019%3A23%3A48%20%200100#comments Amazon Ebook Readers Kindle Fire HD Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:23:48 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423711 at http://www.stuff.tv Kindle Fire HD 8.9in now on sale at Amazon UK http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hd-89in-now-sale-amazon-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been waiting for the big-screen Kindle Fire? Well, wait no more – it’s available for £229 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kindle-fire-hd-89_0.jpg?1364407148" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_117.jpg?1364407148" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s been a long old wait, but the 8.9in version of Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is now <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ANZNBJO">on sale in the UK</a>.</p> <p>The tablet, which features a 1920 x 1200 screen, front-facing HD camera, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, a 10-hour battery life and Dolby Digital Plus sound, is available from £229. That gets you the 16GB version with “Special Offers” (a nice name for ads). The 32GB version is £259 with ads. Both models are £10 more expensive if you opt for the non-ad version.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/kindle-fire-hd-89in-now-on-sale-at-amazon-uk </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hd-89in-now-sale-amazon-uk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hd-89in-now-sale-amazon-uk/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fire HD Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:35:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 424475 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Can Amazon's Kindle Fire HD take on the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/new-video-can-amazons-kindle-fire-hd-take-ipad-mini-and-google-nexus-7/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s got the Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini squarely in its sights – but how does the Amazon Kindle Fire HD fare as an all-round multimedia consumption device? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%2520shot%25202012-12-05%2520at%252018.30.27_0.png?1364398066" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_358.jpg?1364398066" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The battle of the miniature tablets is on this Christmas and Amazon's second-gen Kindle Fire HD wants to be your one-stop-shop for multimedia consumption. It's a solid choice for anyone looking for a tiny tab tablet experience without the premium price tag – but has it done enough to tempt you way from the Google Nexus 7? Watch the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-video-review">video review</a> and find out...</p> <p><strong>You might also like</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/news-nugget/new-video-can-amazons-kindle-fire-hd-take-on-the-ipad-mini-and-googl </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/new-video-can-amazons-kindle-fire-hd-take-ipad-mini-and-google-nexus-7/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/new-video-can-amazons-kindle-fire-hd-take-ipad-mini-and-google-nexus-7/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fire HD Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:43:38 +0000 Lucy Hedges 423667 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Kindle Fire HD http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-fire-hd/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Kindle Fire HD is here – slimmer, sharper and speedier than its predecessor. But does it ignite our passions? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-main-01_5_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-01_0_5_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year, Amazon's Jeff Bezos dipped his toe into the budget 7in tablet market to see if anyone would nibble. This year, Google and Apple are getting ready to bite his whole darn foot off.</p> <p>Jeff will be hoping a slimmer, sharper, speedier Fire HD can hold its own against the might of Silicon Valley. We're just hoping for a tablet that is as much about music, films, games, apps and web surfing as it is Amazon's signature ebooks and shopping. So have our modest dreams come true? Yes and no…</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £160.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (16GB), £200 (32GB) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HD display packs a visual punch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Does what it says on the tin </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 7in is the sweet spot for portability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Less apps and games to enjoy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Makes internet shopping too easy </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As long as you're not expecting <a href="/review/apple-ipad-3">iPad</a> levels of polish, the design of the Kindle Fire HD doesn't disappoint. It's slimmer and lighter than its US predecessor, of course, but retains its warm, grippy rubberised housing. There are now physical volume buttons and a recessed power button that's impossible to bump accidentally (it can actually be a little tricky to find at first). There's no flex in the case, and rounded edges add a touch of lawsuit-provoking class.</p> <p>If you're feeling charitable, you could describe the massive bezel surrounding the 7in screen as somewhere convenient to park your thumbs. A snarkier critic might say it's somewhere to park a bus. Either way, positioning the front-facing webcam on a long edge forces you to use Skype in landscape mode or risk obscuring the lens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2013750940001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2013750940001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD housing" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD housing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-002a_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HD headphone socket" alt="Kindle Fire HD headphone socket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-002_2_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest obvious upgrade from the original <a href="/review/amazon-kindle-fire">Amazon Kindle Fire</a> tablet is the Kindle Fire HD's new 1280x800 display – and it's a corker. Pixel density (216ppi) is just a shade off the latest iPad and frankly will look just as sharp to anyone without canine ancestry.</p> <p>Colours are rich and strong, touch sensitivity is excellent and motion is smooth. The display's viewing angle goes as wide as you'd like and there's a noticeable lack of glare.</p> <p>You still have to pump up the brightness to banish reflections, which are as bad as any LCD screen, and ebooks still look better on Amazon's E-Ink devices. Having said that, the Fire HD might be budget-priced but this display is the match of any LCD on the market.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD display" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-006_2_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> custom Android interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Forget everything you know about Android. The Fire HD's home screen is a stripped-down carousel that mashes together apps, web pages, games, movies and other media. There are no live icons, no widgets and, with the exception of a small Favourites pop-up tray, nothing to customise.</p> <p>A universal search box lets you trawl emails, apps, content and photos, which are easily imported from Facebook with one click. Tabs direct you straight to Amazon's storefront or to digital categories, taking a couple of seconds to open.</p> <p>In each area, say Music, you can see what you own on the cloud and what's stored on the device, with just a single click to download files or buy new stuff, with no additional passwords or log-ins.</p> <p>Virtually the only hangovers from Google's original Android are the home, back and menu buttons on the task bar, and a useful slide-down notifications area that can be used for tweaking settings like rotation, Wi-Fi and synching.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HD custom Android interface" alt="Kindle Fire HD custom Android interface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-007_2_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jeff Bezos made a big fuss of the tablet's MIMO wireless tech and the Fire HD definitely sniffed out more Wi-Fi networks than most tablets Stuff has tested. It also blasted through multiple simultaneous downloads of HD video, apps, photos and music without stuttering. A shame, then, that Amazon's cloud-based Silk browser still has a few hiccups when scrolling and zooming, even as pages load blisteringly fast.</p> <p>The front-facing webcam is fine for Skype calls but not great as a camera, serving up tiny half-megapixel (600x800) snaps. There's no GPS on board but Bluetooth works fine for connecting keyboards and speakers, and an HDMI Out socket (cable not supplied) means you can watch content or play games on your telly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Front-facing Kindle HD webcam" alt="Front-facing Kindle HD webcam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-005_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire HD's video app is first class. If you're a member of LoveFilm in the UK (everyone gets one month free), you get instant access to 5,000 films and TV shows. These start in seconds and stream extremely smoothly on Wi-Fi. 720p HD video is crisp and colourful, while the stereo speakers sound fantastic.</p> <p>There's a handy 10-second rewind icon, a responsive scrub bar and (soon) a geeky X-Ray feature that pops up to show which actors are currently thesping away on screen, even down to some of the extras. Our only grumble is that the range is far less comprehensive than the US Fire HD, which bundles over 25,000 videos with Prime and also lets you buy, download and watch films and TV shows offline. Maybe next year?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HD video app is first class" alt="Kindle Fire HD video app is first class" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-011_0_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ebooks and music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Being a Kindle, the Fire HD naturally supports ebooks, including X-Ray for summarising and tracking characters and themes. Books look fine and magazines look great on the sharp LCD screen, although neither will drag you away from an E Ink device or paper respectively. The magazine app, in particular, doesn't zoom in quite far enough.</p> <p>For music, the Fire HD pushes you to upgrade to Amazon's new music-matching Cloud Player service (£6 a year for 20GB). Everyone gets 250 songs stored online for free, plus any you buy from Amazon, of course – one of the first offers on the lock screen was for a handful of free MP3s. If you don't like free stuff, you can pay to disable the ads. The music player is functional, fast and pretty logical. Annoyingly, it doesn't always automatically mute when you load an app or game with audio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="eBooks look fine" alt="eBooks look fine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-008_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps and games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your game cravings start and finish with Cut The Rope and Angry Birds, the Kindle Fire HD will suit you fine. Punchy colours, a responsive touchscreen and nippy graphics make for great casual gaming. But for anyone more ambitious, the pickings on Amazon's new Appstore are slimmer than Stickman. No doubt some impressive 3D games will appear eventually – and the mobile version of Minecraft is a nice find - but for now Apple still very much rules the gaming roost.</p> <p>Otherwise, the Appstore includes some of the big online services, like Twitter, TripAdvisor and Pinterest, along with some shocking omissions including (as of last weekend) Facebook, Yelp, Instagram and even YouTube. Hopefully, this will change before or shortly after UK launch in October.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire is fine with less intensive gaming apps" alt="Kindle Fire is fine with less intensive gaming apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-009_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life in our short test wasn't a problem, with the Kindle Fire HD stretching a single charge well over 10 hours. Even watching streaming video didn't drain it as fast as we expected. There's no power adapter included in the box so if you don't want to spend 13.5 hours (!) juicing it up from a USB port on your PC, consider the £9 charging accessory. Having said that, we found it charged just fine using a leftover mobile phone USB charger, so try before you buy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HD charging port" alt="Kindle Fire HD charging port" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-003_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Say you've £200 to spend on a tablet and don't want to wait until Apple flip-flops on Steve Jobs' famous 'dead on arrival' promise by announcing an iPad Mini, possibly sometime next month. The choice between the Kindle Fire HD and the <a href="/review/google-nexus-7">Google Nexus 7</a> today is easier than their near-identical specs might suggest.</p> <p>If you're going to use your tablet mostly for music, movies and shopping, the Kindle Fire HD is pretty compelling. You get more storage for your money (the 16GB version of the Nexus 7 will set you back £200), a well-managed, rapidly growing library of content and a trusted retail brand behind it. If you want more of an all-rounder, with a proper home screen, GPS and way more apps, the Nexus 7 is a shoo-in.</p> <p>And if you want to play games? Wait for Apple. But you'd better start saving your pennies, because Cupertino certainly won't be giving away a 7in tablet for less than its new 4in iPod Touch – and that starts at a cool £250. Which only goes to show what an amazing bargain the Kindle Fire HD represents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-004_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple expects its iPad to do nothing less than destroy the PC and revolutionise the world. Amazon has less lofty ambitions. If its tablet can simply shift your film, music and book buying from the web to the Kindle Fire HD, Jeff Bezos will be a very happy (and very rich) man.</p> <p>The fact that doesn't seem utterly bonkers shows just how much the Fire HD has got right: a single log-in to unlock a world of media; a simple carousel to browse your content; and a superb video player. There are some rough edges, including so-so web browsing, a weak app store and too-much shouty Amazon marketing.</p> <p>For the price, though, this tablet is impossible to ignore making it a worthy addition to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">Top Ten list of the best tablets in the world</a>.</p> <p><strong>See our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-fire-hd/gallery?viewid=91731" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HD picture gallery</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-010_3_0.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_18.jpg?1381600417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We have ignition. Amazon has sparked up the budget tablet market with the scorchingly media-friendly Kindle Fire HD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/amazon-kindle-fire-hd </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-fire-hd/review#comments Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablets Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:08:22 +0000 Stephen Graves 422787 at http://www.stuff.tv