Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review
A refreshing reboot of Amazon's Kindle Fire has a better screen, but the same clunky interface.
When playing back a video, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD has a very simple control scheme that disappears after a second or two of not being touched. Once called out, you'll be able to adjust the volume, position of your flick, and pause or resume playback.
Using your own files is a bit tricky on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, but after a while you'll get used to it. After using the included USB cable to connect to your computer, you'll need to set up your tablet as a USB drive that can recieve files. If you have a Windows PC, this is taken care of already, but if you have a mac, you'll have to install the Android File Transfer utility. Once you have the folder opened, you can drag and drop your files into the "Movies" folder.
The slightly annoying part comes when you try to play those files back. Instead of having an option through the "Video" icon in the launcher, you have to open the App drawer, then open "personal videos." Like I said, not overly mystifying, but it can be a pain for those used to other operating systems, or those never having used a tablet before.
Users with a bunch of video files that they'd like to transfer will have to make do with limited file support, as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD supports very few common files. Normally this isn't a huge deal for an Android-based device, but because the tablet does not have access to the Play Store, finding a replacement player or codec will be enormously annoying.
Here is where the Amazon Kindle Fire HD truly shines, as it has some fantastic streaming options. If you have a membership to Amazon Prime and/or Netflix streaming, you can stream titles from enormous libraries of content right on your tablet wherever you have a WiFi connection. With that screen, your videos will look great, albeit a bit tiny.
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