Like it says above, I just ordered a Kindle Fire HD a short while ago on the Amazon site. I’m not ‘switching sides’ all of a sudden, but I am interested in trying out some of the iPad’s most interesting rivals, and especially those in the smaller tablet bracket while I look forward to the expected iPad Mini launch next month.
Amazon is hailing this as ‘the world’s most advanced 7” tablet and their lineup of new Kindle tablets has been mostly well received based on their unveiling and early first impression reviews.
I ordered the $199 16GB model with an expected delivery date of September 26. Here are some of the listed specs and features for it:
- 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
- Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
- World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)
- High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
- Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
- Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
- Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
- Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
- Includes special offers and sponsored screensavers.
- Kindle FreeTime – a personalized tablet experience just for kids. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child. Free on every Kindle Fire HD.Coming next month
- Prime Instant Video – unlimited, instant streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.
I bought the original Kindle Fire last year and found it pretty disappointing. I’m hoping this new HD model is much better. I’m also seriously considering getting a Microsoft Surface RT if the price for it is not too steep – that is if Microsoft ever decides to announce a price and release date for it.
Are any of you looking at getting any of the Kindle Fire models?