REVIEW: My Kindle Fire HD

I've got a little something different for you today, I hope you like it!  I wanted to do a quick review of my Kindle Fire HD because I've been pretty attached to it ever since I got it for Christmas!

I know Kindle's can be quite controversial, some people are very attached to their hard copy books.  Don't get me wrong, I love paper books, especially when it comes to coffee table books and travel guides, but I was running out of places to put them!  With the amount I read, I really don't need 'real' copies of every easy reading novel I pick up!  I can honestly say that I've read more since owning Kindles, that's got to be a good thing right?... Though not always for the bank balance it's so easy to buy books now!

I love to read.  When I first started this blog I even posted a few book reviews on my blog (let me know if you would to see more!)  I'd owned the good old Kindle - 6" E Ink Display for a year before upgrading to the Kindle Fire HD.  I loved it, with it being lightweight, more comfortable to hold and carry than real books, easy to use and just a pleasure read!  I was completely happy with it - but since accessing all my already purchased books from the online cloud, I haven't looked back since getting the Fire HD.

One of my favourite features of the Kindle Fire HD is the light up screen.  Something that I didn't even realise I was missing from my old Kindle!  I love how I can now be even more antisocial and read in the car when it's dark!  I was worried about not being comfortable with constantly reading from a lit screen, but there is absolutely no glare.

Unlike the traditional Kindle, the HD Fire is designed to be a tablet as well as an e-reader.  I don't have an iPad of my own, and Chris doesn't regularly share his :)  so it's great to be able to use my Kindle to catch up on the goings on online!  Although the Kindle App Store isn't a patch on the Apple App Store, it's got all the usual suspects you could want: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Flipboard (my favourite way to read blogs and catching up on various social networks at once), though I do prefer to watch YouTube via the webpage rather than the apps available.  Watching YouTube, the BBC iPlayer or using Skype is pretty great, though the picture quality is no better than the iPad, the sound quality is amazing with the double Dolby speakers!

There are a few light annoyances.  Sometimes the web pages can be a little slow to load, but it's no biggie.  It's a little heavier than the Kindle E Ink, so I can't imagine being able to read for long holding it up whilst sunbathing - like I did while travelling last summer!  The main gripe is that the battery only lasts around 10 hrs, this was a bit of a shock after being used to my last Kindle lasting absolutely ages before needing to be recharged - but I suppose the Kindle Fire HD has a lot going on!

Have you got a Kindle?  Are you a forever fan or a traditionalist that give up paper book?  Let me know what you think!

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  1. I love tablets and couldn't live without mine, they are so easy to carry around too :)

  2. I've been looking at this for ages, it's sooo tempting and I love that it's a tablet as well. Everything you want in one!

    Simply Abbi xx

  3. Really want to get my hands on a kindle!

    A little bit Unique


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