Items tagged with Kindle Fire HD

You can stop beating yourself up over missing out on Amazon's Kindle Fire sale prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you missed out on both opportunities to save a little pocket change on a tablet purchase, today is your day of redemption, depending on the model you're interested in. That's because the mega e-tailer has quietly slashed certain SKUs by 20 percent, though you'll have to decide fast because the sale is valid for today only. You can score an ordinary Kindle (6-inch display, Wi-Fi connectivity) for $55.20 with Special Offers or $71.20 without Special Offers. The Kindle normally... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets run a customized version of Android called Fire OS. Compared to stock Android, Fire OS is heavily skinned and tightly tied into Amazon's e-commerce ecosystem, so much in fact that you can hardly recognize it as being Android. Amazon has been able to do some neat things with Fire OS, and if you own a Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX, you'll be able to do even more with the company's Fire OS 3.1 update. It's a free, over-the-air (OTA) update that will be delivered over the coming weeks, though if you don't feel like waiting, you can grab the download direct from Amazon... Read more...
Rumors of a new generation of Kindle Fire tablets are starting to heat up, and it's probably no coincidence that Amazon recently lowered the price of its popular tablet family. Amid all the chatter is the first real glimpse of what the next generation slate will look like. What's been leaked to the web is in all likelihood a press photo of Amazon's next Kindle Fire. Twitter user "evleaks" frequently posts what turn out to be legitimate press shots of unannounced products, and the reason we think his latest photo is of the next Kindle Fire and not the HD version is because it lacks a front-facing... Read more...
We're all pretty much assuming Amazon has another Kindle Fire HD refresh up its sleeve, as it would be foolish to abandon what's become a highly successful product line and a significant driver of the e-tailer's online content. That said, there hasn't been an official announcement of an upcoming upgrade just yet, though in its absence, a new model Kindle Fire HD poked its head into a benchmark run on GFXBench. The leaked benchmark reveals some interesting specs, starting with a 2560x1600 resolution. That may indicate it was the 8.9-inch version that was tested, which would be an upgrade over the... Read more...
Mega online shopping site Amazon was proud as a peacock to announce its Kindle Fire HD is the best selling, most gifted, and most wished for product across its catalog of millions of items since the upgraded tablet was introduced 15 weeks ago, though stopped short of offering up specific sales figures. The next three spots belong to the Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle, in that order. The holiday season in general was kind to Amazon. Christmas Day ranked as Amazon's busiest day ever for digital downloads across its selection of more than 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books,... Read more...
Text-to-speech and adjustable font sizes are two features that have been around for years on Kindle devices to help vision-impaired Kindle owners with learning disabilities. Now Amazon is bringing "Voice Guide" and "Explore by Touch" to its standard definition Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7" tablets. These two accessibility features were previously available on just the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet. "We have heard from thousands of customers who are vision-impaired that Kindle has made a difference in their lives. With Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and soon our full line of new tablets, we are continuing... Read more...
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Amazon today has begun shipping out its stock of Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablets. In addition, Amazon says its flagship tablet will be available at Best Buy starting tomorrow, as well as from additional retailers like Staples and Radio Shack in the coming weeks. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G model will start shipping next week. "Kindle Fire HD has been Amazon’s best-selling product worldwide since launch, and that was before we even started shipping the best tablet we’ve ever built," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "With the holiday... Read more...
Trying to decide between a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad mini? Amazon is all too happy to assist. Marking what might be the beginning of a tiny tablet war, Amazon over the weekend posted a giant advert on the top of its main website comparing the two devices, and you can guess which one came out on top. Preceding the ad's side-by-side comparison of the two devices is a quote from Gizmodo that pretty much sums up Amazon's feeling about the iPad Mini. "Your 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than competing 7-inch tablets! You're cramming a worse screen in there, charging more, and accusing others of... Read more...
The good news for Amazon is that its Kindle Fire HD devices are apparently selling like gangbusters. Since going on sale a little over a month ago, Amazon reports the Kindle Fire HD is the best selling product on the company's entire site, which is saying something when you consider the number of items Amazon sells. So what's the bad news? Well, Apple has scheduled a press event for later today, and unless all the rumors and speculation have been way off base (highly unlikely), the Cupertino company is going to make a bid for the smaller size tablet market by introducing the iPad Mini. Based on... Read more...
It's long been suspected that Amazon either sells its Kindle hardware at cost or at a loss, choosing instead to price its mobile devices aggressively and rake in the profits through content sales, such movies, music, and apps. With regards to the new Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite models, Amazon isn't taking a hit on each sale, but it isn't making a dime either. "We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the hardware," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told BBC News. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when people buy our devices." The CEO's comments highlight the unique position... Read more...
Following a bit of mild backlash on the Internet, Amazon over the weekend decided it was best to give potential Kindle Fire HD customers a way to opt out of receiving so-called "special offers." For a one-time payment of $15, Kindle Fire HD owners can ensure they'll never again see an ad on their lock screen. "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. If you already ordered a Kindle... Read more...
Mega e-tailer Amazon may be putting the cart before the horse in accepting pre-orders for its new line of Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets. How so? Well, it's come to light that Amazon's new slates have not yet received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is a requirement to sell any wireless product. It may be just a formality at this point, but it's still highly unusual to take orders for a device without FCC approval. Those who go ahead and submit a pre-order are reportedly being sent emails that say, in part, "We will send you an email asking you to confirm... Read more...