The new Kindle Fire HD tablet family is the perfect modern tablet for families because of its low prices, extra features compared to other tablets, and the built-in safety features that are not seen in other tablet PC’s.
I’ve had the chance to take the Kindle fire HD for a test drive recently and here’s how this little gem will work well for each member of your family.
No Complicated Setup
When you purchase a Kindle Fire HD from Amazon, the first thing that’s unique about the Kindle fire compared to other tablets is that it comes pre-configured right out of the box. It’s pre-configured with the same username and password that you use to access all of your favorite movies, books, magazines and games now, through the main amazon.com website. Non-tech parents can appreciate the simple steps of powering on your device, get connected to the Internet, then immediately start enjoying all your favorite content.
Great for Moms
The Kindle Fire HD is great for moms, because it allows her to read all of her favorite books, magazines, and website articles, on a screen with a large 1280 x 800 resolution, yet small enough to fit in her purse. One new feature the Kindle fire HD includes a new merged glass surface that reduces screen glare. Color production has also been enhanced to give crisp sharp screen detail that’s higher quality than the iPad mini.
Great for Dads
If there’s one thing that guys like, it’s movies. The Kindle Fire HD is an exceptionally powerful entertainment device for watching movies, TV shows, sports and playing addicting games like Angry Birds. The Kindle Fire HD also includes Dual Driver Dolby Digital Stereo Speakers that produce a deeper base, and a more powerful sound. I went to best buy this past week to play a movie trailer on the Kindle Fire HD, then on the iPad 3. To put it simply, this difference is one that you have to hear to believe. The sounds deeper, wider, and just adds to the movie playing experience. Renting movies from the iTunes store on an iPad will cost between $0.99 and $4.99 depending on the quality of the movie. The Kindle Fire HD when combined with Amazon Prime, provides 25,000 movie and tv show titles for the annual cost of $90, which breaks down to $.0036 per movie / tv show, less than 1 cent! The Kindle Fire also has a dual band 802.11n Antennae so streaming movies music from the doctor’s office or from the coffee shop will just work without skipping a beat.
Great for Kids
The Kindle Fire HD is first and foremost known to be associated with the largest online book seller, Amazon.com. Amazon has also worked diligently to work with publishers and authors to provide 180,000 of the top book titles online and available for download via the Kindle Bookstore. As a student, that means that it’s a lot easier to search and download the latest books and research materials to get that critical paper or project done on time.
The Kindle Fire runs a modified version of the Android operating system, which includes many entertaining games that provide hours of fun, as well as educational games to help improve reading and math scores. Parents can also appreciate a new feature called Kindle FreeTime. Free Time allows parents to limit the amount of time that kids spend watching movies, and playing games, without restricting time on learning applications that help children improve their grades in school.
Great on the Budget
If you’re looking for a practical, educational, economic entertaining device that works well for all your members of the family, then I would check out the Kindle Fire HD. Several models are available to choose from with options for screen size, storage capacity, and the 8.9″ model also brings the ability to connect to a 4G LTE network connection to access all of your great entertainment when traveling in the family minivan, or when you’re supporting the kids at their local soccer or basketball games. Families on a budget can also agree that the Kindle is an affordable choice with models starting at less than $160.
What the Kindle is Not Good For
Despite all the great features that exist on the latest series of Kindles, I have to point out some of the drawbacks to using a device like this. For one thing, this is not a laptop replacement. If your kids need a laptop for typing papers and doing homework, then what they need is a laptop, not a tablet. The Kindle Fire does not come with a built-in keyboard, so you will have to live with the on-screen keyboard or purchase a Bluetooth keyboard to use along with the Kindle Fire to get a paper typed out. The Kindle Fire is also not a powerhouse machine, and is not a good device for editing photos, editing videos, or editing sound clips. A better choice for tasks like that is a Macbook Pro.
The Kindle Fire HD is a tablet that in my opinion stands above the rest of the tablets on the market for its impressive hardware, affordable multimedia choices, and integrated child play limits. This tablet is not meant to replace a full laptop or desktop computer, but rather serve as an affordable digital companion device that brings all of your movies, books, magazines, games, and applications, right to your fingertips.