Introduction to the Kindle Fire HD – Should You Really Buy this Slate for Christmas?

Introduction to the Kindle Fire HD – Should You Really Buy this Slate for Christmas?

While most tech junkies probably know by now what’s inside and outside Amazon’s relatively new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, there are many others who do not.  The Kindle Fire HD was one of the most sought-after electronic gadgets in the recently concluded Thanksgiving shopping weekend, as buyers from all over America (and the world) had hoped to grab a Fire HD at a discounted price on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the two days in between.  But how is the Kindle Fire HD different from the first-generation Kindle Fire released in 2011?  Here are some of the key differences between both 7-inch devices.

As one may infer from the name, the Kindle Fire HD has a high-definition display, thus putting it a cut above the “standard” 1,024 x 600 display resolution on the first Kindle Fire.  The Fire HD’s screen also supports 10-finger multi-touch interaction, thus making the newer tablet much more convenient and easy to use when it comes to playing games or operating applications.  The first-generation Kindle Fire is also a slightly heavier and thicker device than the Fire HD, which should be good news for the average buyer who likes his/her gadget to be as thin and light as possible.  And speaking of design, the Kindle Fire HD is sleeker than the first-gen Fire due to its curved edges, though the really important thing is the Fire HD being thinner and lighter.

Specs-wise, the Kindle Fire HD has a front-facing camera as opposed to the Kindle Fire that didn’t come with any camera at all, not even one for video calls.  It also has a newer version of the “pseudo-Android” operating system used on Kindle devices, this time based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  And users get more storage space, with 16 GB and 32 GB options available for the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

For just $40 more ($199 as to $159), the Kindle Fire HD offers a whole lot of added value for buyers.  Of course, there is the matter of those Amazon “special offers” to worry about, but if you’re really bothered by those ads, it costs a one-time $20 fee to opt out of them.

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