Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet

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Kindle Fire Touch Screen Android Tablet

Nov 17, 2011 (Updated Nov 20, 2011)
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Pros:Compact, Full Color, Gorilla Glass screen, Lots of content available

Cons:Not everybody has a Kindle Fire - yet!

The Bottom Line: Amazon's Kindle Fire is going to be a big winner among media buffs - read, watch movies, and listen to music at your pleasure for a reasonable price!


Kindle Fire Touch Screen Android Tablet
 
I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and the idea of books has always been enough to inspire me except for the fact that books are heavy, take up space, and are a pain to move when you have to relocate.  I also like to read before going to sleep and have often passed into dreamland only to wake in the morning with a book on my chest.
 
Imagine my delight when the idea of books and computers were melded so that a book or magazine could be read on a little touch screen tablet similar to the scenes shown in the movie 2001

The Amazon Kindle is a very 2001 - looking technology with the capacity to read books, magazines, watch movies, browse the Internet and do all sorts of cool things like play games and just entertain yourself. 

Amazon has much of its content available in downloadable form and the Kindle purchaser has dedicated storage of their Amazon-purchased content on Amazon Cloud servers. That takes away the risk of losing your content and having to buy it again later. It also frees up space on the device so new content can be loaded and carried around as desired.  When the media's stored in the cloud it remains forever accessible to the user to download via WiFi. The device has about 6 gigabyte onboard storage capacity also so a good amount of content can be carried with you too.

Amazon claims 100,000 books and movies are now available with more being added daily. As a content provider, Amazon is without equal and it's nice for the heavy users of media like me to have a single stop to shop for all the reading, viewing, or listening material I need.

Kindle Fire competes with the Apple IPad but costs about 1/3 the price. At $199 it is affordable and the 7" full color touch screen is a beautiful way to look at magazines or read books. It's large enough to see yet small enough to be handy.  

I bought the Kindle Fire as a pre-order and got it on opening day, Tuesday, November 15th.  For my $199 I got the svelte Kindle device, a U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide, all packed neatly in a cardboard box and delivered by UPS.

I plugged it in with the power adapter and charged it up and then watched a movie and read the Quick Start Guide and realized this tablet was going to be quite a little charmer.

As an early adopter of the tablet I can say it is very appealing with its compact size and wireless connectivity.  The internal onboard storage has enough space to contain 80 apps, plus 800 songs, 10 movies, or 6,000 books.  Look here, readers, at the Kindle Fire!
 
If you are a member of Amazon Prime there is a library of free content you can access including TV shows and movies. The movies are surprisingly clear and easy to view with the two tiny speakers on the left side or top of the case depending if you are holding it landscape or portrait fashion. An earphone jack is provided at the end, near the on/off button, so the Kindle can be hooked up to external speakers or headphones as desired.
 
When you consider the many features of the Kindle Fire and the low price of $199, is there any reason you wouldn't buy it? I can't think of any.  I'm very pleased with my purchase.


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