Kindle Fire HD Specs, Reviews: Amazon to Offer HD, Updated Fire Tablets With No Ads for $15 Extra
The Kindle Fire HD has received mixed reviews.
Amazon recently announced on Sept. 6 an updated Kindle Fire for $159, and a new line for Kindles, the Kindle Fire HD, starting at $199 (16GB 7-inch), $299 (16 GB) to $499 (32 GB) for the 4G LTE Wireless. It has an 8.9-inch screen, which has 25 percent less glare, two antennas for Wi-Fi, which gives a stronger signal. The Kindle HD will also have MIMO, which adds up to Wi-Fi that should be way faster than the competition, 41 percent faster than the iPad and 54 percent faster than the Nexus 7, according to Amazon.
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While many say the video is better than ever, give a boost for TV and movie fans with features such as Amazon Prime, NBC Content, EPIX deal, an HBO app, and new games, many are complaining about the ads that pop-up on the Kindle Fire HD's lock screen.
Business Insider reported that there is no way out of the ads, and that it was "baked into that attractive $199 starting price."
Now, Amazon has realized that they want to make their customers happy, and they provided a way to offer ad-free tablets.
"With Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15. We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We're happy to offer customers the choice," Amazon said in a statement to NBC News.
Amazon said it will be available "when we start shipping to customers" and also for those who are pre-ordering a Kindle Fire HD. "Customers can choose to opt-out on Manage Your Kindle after they register their device," said the Amazon representative.
According to PCWorld, the option to skip ads is also available to the $159 entry-level Fire model.
The HD starts at 16GB of local storage, up from the 8GB of the original. It weighs 20 ounces and has 1920 x 1200 resolution with 254 ppi. It has longer battery life. It also has two speakers, one at the top and bottom of the device in portrait mode. It has an OMAP4470 processor.
The new Kindles have dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digitial Plus optimization as well as Whispersync for Voice, which Amazon syncs all your books across all your gadgets, that syncs your words-book with your audiobook. You can also sync up your progression in games. Another feature will be Immersion Reading. You can listen to the narration of your book while you read it. There is also X-Ray for movies and a camera. It also has "FreeTime," which allows parents to set time and content restrictions for kids.
Check out how the Kindle Fire HD will stand up to Apple's new iPad Mini HERE.