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Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi,

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Product DescriptionThe 8.9” screen on Kindle Fire HD features an incredible 1920x1200 HD display, and the highest resolution of any of our tablets. But a truly advanced HD experience doesn’t stop with just a high resolution screen. 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 shows. Kindle Fire HD also has the fastest Wi-Fi on any tablet and ample storage for all your HD content. Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews624 of 651 people found the following review helpful.We like it better than our iPad (please don't hate me) By Bob Tobias We originally bought this for our daughter to use so my wife can get her iPad back.Let's start with the comparison...This larger version of the Kindle Fire is smaller, thinner, and a quarter pound lighter than the iPad 3. Of course that means the screen is a bit smaller too, less than 1". However, the Kindle screen is breathtakingly clear and the weight difference, while it sounds small when you type it into a review or read it as you are now, is really noticeable after just a few minutes of holding the device with one hand while using it.One other tiny difference is that the Fire is a couple hundred dollars less than a similarly configured iPad.We like the Kindle display better than the iPad. There, I've said it and hope I won't have to go into hiding. It is clear and bright without making everything look like a comic book and shows up well in sunlight without having to turn the display way up (which means the battery won't drain quickly).Operation is easy and efficient. I'm a long time iPhone/Pad user and it took me a few minutes to get used to the gesture differences. Once I learned them. I found navigating the Kindle intuitive and quick.From a usability standpoint, on a scale of 1 to 10, chaos to order, "typical" Android to Apple, I would place this well into Apple territory. There is more structure than an iPad (and less flexibility, if that matters).First use was very straightforward. I liked that it knew my name without me having to tell it. First thing it did, after greeting me (by name) was ask for my WiFi password. After that it took a few minutes to download updates. When I clicked on the "Apps" menu it already had listed every Android app I bought from Amazon. Same goes for videos, music, and books. I realize iPad does something similar and it is also easier to use. However, having used both, I feel this is easier.On the business side I can access my email accounts, including those in an Exchange server, with no problems. Attachments, including .PDF files, Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets can all be read with no problems.Back to the fun stuff, YouTube, Netflix, and SmugMug videos stream flawlessly. Pandora provides music without a hitch.The front facing camera, designed for video conferencing, provides a clear image while the screen provides a vivid image of the person at the other end. We ran some side-by-side tests with our iPad 3 and the Fire always performed better. There is no rear-facing camera for taking snapshots and I figure that's what my iPhone is for.One factor that played into our decision to get this for our daughter was the integrated, child friendly features. There is an app called Kindle FreeTime that allows me to restrict what she can access over those pesky Internets and also the ability to limit how long she can spend playing games and other fun activities while still allowing her to read for as long as she likes. OK, these are not so much child friendly as parent friendly but everybody wins in the end.Remember at the start of this I said we originally bought the Fire so my wife can get her iPad back? After using the Fire my wife prefers it and leaves the iPad to our daughter. The only problem is I need to buy a second Kindle Fire because now I want one too.FIRST THING TO BUY after you get your Kindle: Best 100 Kindle Fire HD Apps (Updated With Top Apps for the Kindle Fire HD!). It's a bargain at $0.99 (Free to borrow if you're a Prime member). You can zip through, read descriptions for the mostly free app's, click on the ones that interest you, and have them installed right away.A NICE CASE for around $11: A little while ago I got an Innovic Multi Functional Handmade Leather Zip Bag for iPad 2 and 3 16gb, 32gb, 64gb edition. Turns out even though it's made for an iPad it fits the 8.9" Fire HD pretty well. (I've added a video showing how well it works with this Kindle along with my review for that case) It may not be a perfect solution but given the limited options for cases right now, especially for the price, it isn't a bad temporary choice. (I'm linking it so much that I'm not planning on replacing it anytime soon.)Now, allow me a moment to hop on the Charger Soapbox... Yes, this doesn't come with a charger and to that I say, "Thank you". Not providing a charger means lower cost, less packaging, less clutter, and lower cost (it's that important). These days many people already have a charger... some people have lots of them. if you have a computer, cell phone, camera, wireless Bluetooth speaker, laptop, other tablet, and many children's toys you have a charger. If I did have to buy one because this is my first rechargeable device of this kind then so be it. At least it would mean, if everyone took this approach, I wouldn't have to pay for one (that's included "free") every time I bought a new gadget.
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