tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review

A refreshing reboot of Amazon's Kindle Fire has a better screen, but the same clunky interface.

November 20, 2012
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Reading Books

Reading eBooks on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is as simple as it is on any other Kindle device: once the app is open, just tap or swipe your finger to turn pages, tap the bottom to call out a menu of font and size options, or hold your finger down to select text and share it over social media. Overall the experience isn't something that causes much consternation or worry, as Amazon has figured out a way to manage their eReader app that has more or less become market standard.

Reading Books Image

Buying Books

Buying books on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is also very simple. Once you've linked your Amazon account to your device and turned one-click on (this will also require you to add your billing info), all you have to do is tap the "buy" icon and you will be billed automatically, and your title will download immediately.

Buying Books Image
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

eBook Formats

Amazon Kindle Fire HD s come pre-installed with the Kindle app, which has more or less become the market standard for eReader apps in the mobile world. However, this does mean that you're initially limited to files that can be used by the app itself, which include PDF, TXT, and AZW files.

Newspapers & Magazines

Newspapers and magazines also work much in the same way as eBooks, though instead of tapping "books" you'll be tapping "Newsstand" instead. If you've already linked your billing information to your account, you can buy any issue of your favorite periodicals, or you can subscribe and have them automatically download at every issue cycle.

Reading issues of your periodical titles work in exactly the same way same as they would if they were an eBook; the tap or swipe to turn pages, font options, and everything else is in exactly the same layout. It's like having a magic brick that updates with your favorite periodicals.

Newspapers & Magazines Image
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

What's Your Take?

All Comments