Kindle Fire HD

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Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HDIf you don't have a tablet yet, you might want to look more into the Kindle Fire HD.
Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB

Amazon has announced it on their website today. The 8.9" 4G is selling for $499 with a Wi-Fi only model at $299. The Kindle Fire HD has a 7" screen going for $199.

At a reasonable $200 price point, I imagine the Kindle Fire HD 7" is the real contender here. They're claiming it's the "world's most advanced 7" tablet," which I suppose is a challenge directly mostly at Nexus. The Kindle Fire HD has 1280x800 HD and "dual-driver stereo speakers." I'm really curious about those speakers; I like to have plenty of volume when trying to watch a movie and have been disappointed with what I've heard on most tablets. It also has a front-facing camera for Skyping and "Kindle FreeTime," a kid-friendly mode. This is all powered by a 1.2 ghz dual-core processor with "Imagination PowerVR 3D Graphics Core." Perhaps the biggest selling point is the "dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi" which they promise gives 40% faster download and streaming. If that's true, it's a huge win, especially if you're planning to stream HD movies or use some kind of HD cloud-gaming service on down the road.

I imagine Amazon is more concerned with the Nexus 7 than Apple's iPads, which are far and away more expensive. The Nexus 7 is also $199 and, as the name implies, has a 7" display. It has a quad-core processor and shares the 1280 x 800 HD display and front-facing camera.

It looks like choosing one will really amount to the software set and bonuses the companies throw in. The Nexus 7 comes with all the Google Apps and "tons" of free cloud storage, which you're going to need with only 8 gigs of internal storage (as opposed to the Kindle Fire's 16). The Nexus 7 also promise only 8 hours of battery life, whereas Amazon is promising 11 hours of battery life.

I must say that Amazon has produced something that looks very exciting, and might end up being my first tablet purchase. Since I buy most of my music from Amazon anyway, I could benefit from their cloud storage. "Experience immersion reading." What is that, I wonder?

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Bill Loguidice
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I think the $299 version is

I think the $299 version is the best value, with the beefier specs, larger screen, and higher resolution. I'm personally still not sold on the 7" size, but 8.9" is a nice in-between compromise between the 10" and 7" standards. Love the HDMI-out and the aggressive pricing for ALL models...

The Experience Immersion Reading thing is pretty cool. Basically, you can buy special versions of books that also include the audio book. Where you leave off in the audio book, you can automatically pick up in the ebook, and vice-versa, for a seamless experience between say, your commute and sitting in a chair at home.

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Honestly if you dont want to

Honestly if you dont want to pay for an Ipad or if you have other reasons you dont want one, I highly suggest research a little. the Andorid tablets that havent sold well are out there, they have bigger screens, better (not locked to Apple or Amazon marketplaces) options and are upgradable to the latest Andorid OS, and most are equal to and some are better then the Kindle for the same price. While I like the Kindle Fire.. it should be a HUGE boost to the android tablet world.. success will only benfit the others. To many buy this stuff on "they have it, I want it" almost no research is done. you dont buy TV's that way, you simply dont buy Electronics that way.. You get he most for the least amount of money.. and right now there are 3-4 Andorid Tabs that cost $200-$300 that are full size, have the lastest CPU's and Graphics chips and add even more to the plate (usb, removeabel storage and battires, etc). Im a Huge THRIVE booster.. but there are several others that are as good.. (and you can have a THRIVE for $200 almost any day of the week, mine was $219 with 64GB)

of course if you want 7" or something the Kindle specificly offers.. then its the way to go. I think it sells becuase of price.. everybody wants a tablet, but doenst want to pay $600.. so the Kindle is cheaper and they have a tablet. 95% of um wont use it anyways. the 2 ladies in our office that had to have IPADS for work! I was working on the one..(citrix is still an issue with Ipads) 99% of its up time is solitaire.. yep thats work.. I only use mine for gaming (at work when im bored)

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I think I'd use it for a lot

I think I'd use it for a lot of what I currently use my iPhone for, such as checking email/websites and such when I'm on the couch or doing something else (such as gaming) on my PC. I could use it in the gym to watch shows from Netflix as I work out.

I'm not sure how many of the iTunes games would be available for this...They mention a few. I'd hate to get locked out of the exciting stuff because it was only available for iOS.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I think I'd use it for a lot of what I currently use my iPhone for, such as checking email/websites and such when I'm on the couch or doing something else (such as gaming) on my PC. I could use it in the gym to watch shows from Netflix as I work out.

I'm not sure how many of the iTunes games would be available for this...They mention a few. I'd hate to get locked out of the exciting stuff because it was only available for iOS.

You may want the Galaxy Nexus 7 then, instead. That's $199 as well, plus a $25 Google Play store credit. You can put ALL the non-iOS stores on that, not just Amazon's. If you're concerned about iOS stuff, you may want to wait until tomorrow's Apple announcement. Though I doubted it, it looks increasingly like the iPad Mini will be released at that iPhone 5 event rather than next month on its own.

Personally, I think 7" is a bit too small for a tablet, but that's just me. I think 10" is the perfect differentiator from what I want to do on a tablet versus a phone, plus it has other laptop-like replacement benefits. The size of the screen DOES make a difference when reading detailed PDFs or magazines.

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if IOS stuff is a concern

if IOS stuff is a concern then yes.. I may preach Android, but as a tech guy who recomends stuff all day long, when it comes to tablets I do Recomend the Ipad and not an Android ones for the users who ask me. Presonally $600 is to much, and $300 for a 7inch seems ... excessive when there are cheapy 7" all over for $100 (which are honestly cheap crap, but work well for simple stuff, like movies, texting and email and most games)..

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You don't think the memory or

You don't think the memory or battery life would make the kindle a better deal than then nexus 7?

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You don't think the memory or battery life would make the kindle a better deal than then nexus 7?

I would be interested in actual times.. My Ipad 2 says 10 hours in most places.. I put on a timer app.. i get about 7.. thats ON/OFF varied use over a week or two..
My Thrive says 9 hours, i get about 8 (closer but still off) with on/off varied use..

both do better or worse depending on use. I know on one long drive I did 6 hours and about 30 mnutes on my thrive, but it was all game playing non stop pretty much (13 hour drive)

We have alot of Android tab guys here at work (several models, XOOM, ASUS, etc..) we took several of them and set them to play Movies all day long and the ASUS lasted over 2hours longer then any. My thrive was second, some no name china knock off was 3rd and the Ipad 2 was forth (the Xoom was last).

first ask yourslef will you use it (between charges) for how long? when I tried to use My Thrive for work on an away day i used it about 4 total hours (and it felt like i was on it all day).. i think anything over 6 hours is good, and more then enough. but you may feel different. Trading longer battery life for Gimped OS (untill its hacked) is a bit iffy in my book.. but again, in this case you may never want anything else.. Right now if kindle was limited at all its the APP store.. Amazon is the last one to the party and its the Corner food and Fuel.. Apple is the Mall, and Andorid is the strip mall. I would guess as Kindle grows it will be bigger.. but right now they are limited, plain and simple, in stock form on APPS.

one serious issue Android apps will soon run against is "store fee" to be on google you pay (not sure, but would guess its somewhat like APPLE?) to be on amazon you pay, to host a website and sell your app from there, you pay.. the android guys gotta get through alot of hoops to get the product on all fronts.. APPLE stuff is one place (excellent) but has to pass muster and pay apple 40% of profits (not excellent)

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Matt Barton wrote:

You don't think the memory or battery life would make the kindle a better deal than then nexus 7?

The only issue with the Kindle one you have to keep in mind is that you're pretty much locked into the Amazon store (unless clever hackers can figure out how to root the thing and put on vanilla Android), and it's not a true Android experience. It's heavily skinned and modified by Amazon, so you will be far more limited in some specific cases (for instance, their store sometimes lags behind the official Android store in getting things). If that's OK, then it's great hardware, but if you want the flexibility to do what you want, the Nexus 7 is better since it's completely open. There's the downside on the Nexus 7 though of less storage space and no HDMI output, which may or may not be a big deal. There's a metric ton of stuff now on Android, but a downside to either the Amazon or Nexus tablets are that you still don't have the same amount of truly tablet-optimized stuff as you do on the iOS side, and the iOS side is usually targeted first, with an Android version later.

As for your other comment about price, if the iPad Mini is introduced tomorrow, that may very well solve the pricing issue for you on the iOS tablet side.

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Sounds like the iPad is still

Sounds like the iPad is still the best for guys like me, but the price is just too high.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Sounds like the iPad is still the best for guys like me, but the price is just too high.

as and Android person .. this is like turning to the darkside..
http://store.apple.com/us/buy/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad/ipad2?afid=p219...

its still $100 more then a Kindle Fire.. but i think the $100 is well spent if you are going to indulge.

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