First user reports from Kindle forum are extremely positive and I'll quote and link you to some. There is 24/7 help there user-to-user.
Where there have been odd stalls or WiFi connectivity issues at first, the recommended "reboot" done once has fixed the problems (in my case too, when I had error messages when accessing Amazon Prime video). I'm putting this at the top in hopes it'll help any who see problems at first, but a high percentage of people did not experience them.
| A 'reboot' is done when you hold the power button in for about 20-25 seconds and then let it go (ignoring any "Power Off?" messages). It'll reboot after that and almost always clear up any problems.|
A difference could be in the Kindle Fire HD 7" software update, v7.1.5, that may not be on all devices after production until it is powered on and Wireless is on. The instructions are to swipe down from the top to get your settings options, choose "More" and then "Device" to see if your software version is earlier than that.
Directions are on the v7.1.5 update page if you need them. But if your Wireless is On and you're connected to your WiFi network, you'll tend to just get the update "over the air" and the new KFire will then reboot (maybe twice).
The unit comes with about a 60% charge on it, enough to start the setups without waiting the 3-4 hrs needed to charge the unit. But general advice is to charge it for a few hours anyway until you see "100%" (this battery remaining info is also found under the 'Device' setting mentioned above).
Some tablets were shipped Sept 13, so the first arrivals tended to be on the 14th, for those ordering 1-day shipping.
IMPORTANT TIPs for ad-adverse users -- the first one was mentioned yesterday.
. If you do your web browsing in landscape mode, Recommended buys seldom rear their heads.
. You don't see the ones at the bottom of the Home Screen then. Even my Home screen is in Landscape mode so I had a very nice first day.
. At BOTTOM RIGHT is a big star. That's "favorites" -- press it and some useful stuff comes up obliteraging any Recommendations in that area.
It also serves as a kind of task-switching.
What are those images at the top of this blog article?
The images at the top are of the KFire HD's magazine layout, with page turns nicely shown followed by the seamless joining of any two page-photos from the printed magazine.
Now you can double tap the article to see the text in a special view-text format when you just want to read it more easily, without needing to pinch-zoom to enlarge, and it's beautiful.
Earlier, I had kept my NookColor and magazine subscriptions because I felt it handled magazines better than the Kindle Fire 1 did.
But the new magazine layout is extremely readable and the navigation very smooth.
I screen-shot these images from a video by two reporters, Mobile Nation's Kevin Michaluk and Ashley Esqueda, at the after-press-conference demo stations showing very clearly the functioning of the new feature,
Here's another good demo of this feature.
Finally, some Kindle Fire HD owners report in
(Next blog article will have some unusual reactions from news-site reviews, of functioning not oft mentioned.)
From Amazon's Kindle Forum,
I have to chime in! I received mine earlier today and have been playing with it for a few hours. I love it! I had the original Fire and this new one is so much better. The screen and sound are fantastic. I t's much easier for me to type on. I love the Amazon Kindle case as well. I give it a big thumbs up!
The device is indeed very sleek and feels good in the hand. The screen can't be complimented enough. I, like other posters, love how crisp it is.
The speed is fantastic...it responds to everything I throw at it without hesitation...it's very fluid.
I have sideloaded a bunch of stuff which I hope to be able to clean up in the future when devs update their apps for Amazon, but I can tell you the GSam Battery is not working properly...
And speaking of battery...I was impatient and only charged mine up to 94% before I had to unplug and sit down and start playing. I started around 6 and two hours later I was at 72%, but I literally had not stopped doing stuff. I have been downloading, emailing, internet, adding pictures, etc. So wifi has also been on. I would say this kind of activity is close to "streaming" with all the downloading I've been doing. And I would say that I can live with a 10% loss per hour of streaming. I expect this is indeed going to have a decent battery life. I am perfectly happy having to plug in every night when I got to bed so long as it can get me through a day no matter what I throw at it.
I really think Amazon has a winner here and with some updates to apps from the devs and perhaps some fine tuning by Amazon (though right now other than the keyboard I have no major complaints)...this will be a joy to use.
Well, lo and behold -- the KF HD is streaming perfectly now. Not sure why, not asking at this point -- maybe it just needed to "warm up". LOL. verything else that I've tested is absolutely wonderful. T he sound is great; the picture of course, is amazing. Other than the little streaming issue -- which appears to be just fine now -- a big thumbs up!!!
[Long posting of impressions by jsh1120 so am providing a posting name.]
...I have to say that it's a huge step beyond the original device. Not to say that the original is obsolete but the new version is in another league.
Yes, the screen is magnificent (and I had no real complaints about the original.) Sitting side by side in my study I'd say that the light reflection is reduced by at least 50%. YMMV, of course, but I had no difficulty reading outside in the kind of wimpy sunshine we have in Seattle today...
Sound? Yeah, excellent
Wifi. ...completely satisfactory throughout a three story house with the router on the middle floor.
Memory management. Too soon to tell if the frequent problems users report with "freezing," failing to charge, etc. have been addressed. I have noted, however, that the Nexus 7 users report identical problems and the "fix" is identical. Reboot it.
I've long used Android Assistant to keep my RAM cleaned out and I immediately put it on the KFHD. It has cleared the memory several times on its own
Sideloading. Works well. Same procedure as the original KF. Downloaded the Chrome browser and it seems to perform flawlessly with very limited testing...
I was willing to put up with some of the weaknesses of the KF a year ago for the price of the device. Almost all of those weaknesses have been addressed and remedied in a device that sells for the same price as the original.
When I commented on the original KF I almost always made the point that it was a value proposition and that if I had to choose between the KF and iPad, I'd have to go with the latter. The KFHD almost (but not quite) eliminates having to justify it in terms of price. It's simply a very good device. Period.
[Good advice from Old Rocker for when there are problems]
Old Rocker says:
Turn off all of your wifi devices, reboot your router, then turn on the new Fire first. See what happens.
It doesn't cut out and has a great picture! I love it over my old Kindle Fire!!
Just got it and the wifi is great. On iphones, ipod touches, android phones, and ps vita the wifi in my room is never full bars and for the ps vita and android phones sometimes it is a struggle to maintain a connection. With the kindle fire hd the wifi strength has been excellent and the downloads have been quick.
'you can buy the Square Trade warranty any time before, or I believe within 30 days after, shipment. You may need the serial number to register it with Square Trade - if so, just wait until the Kindle is about to ship and the serial number appears in your device list.' [By [Bruce Boyle]
I understand Purchase Recommendations don't go away but don't show up under landscape.
I don't have mine yet but I've read this in another post.
sideloading works fine. In settings, under Device, choose "Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources" Then I use 1mobile.com to find apps not available from Amazon. I just installed the Nook app. Works great. [by M Phelps]
Hi Jeffery download an app called evernote it is free and it has a camera app in it. Only front screen picture taking but i took a great pic of my puppies I'll stick to my nikon and download to my kindle for really good pics Enjoy [by C. Cole]
Two pieces I meant to include in there from the forums but are worth adding in now
' From MobileRead Forum
...just wanted to say you CAN take pics with the KFHD 7".
I opened up Evernote and I was able to take a picture, as well as with QuickOffice Pro while editing a word document.
The picture was portrait 768 by 1024 pixels. 72 dpi. Bit Depth 24. And for those curious, that's exactly a .75 Megapix cam. Nothing compared with our phone and actual cameras, but kinda decent for a webcam.
[From Mobileread forum]
...the current show will buffer pretty much in total. As long as you don't shut down or whatever it won't lose that buffering.
[and a couple of points from one Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" review, by the popular Michael Gallagher]
When I went to the slowest / worst reception location of my house, the speed did have a noticeable difference in the other devices as this one was faster which I would attribute to the dual antennas, except it did lose connection on CNN but all of the devices lost connection to CNN. On the signal strength bar, I always got one additional bar - meaning more strength - than all of the other devices.
Finally, there is a Bluetooth connection, which is the #1 thing I wanted on the $159 Fire and last year's Fire! I tested this by taking it out to my car, and having the Fire stream music through my car stereo. There were no delays or skips with the connection, and it paired up in about 30 seconds. Just make sure you give it a device name so you can recognize it and be recognized. '
Besides Evernote, QuickOffice making it possible to take (not high-res) photos with the front-facing camera, it turns out that imo (instant messenger) and Facebook apps can also do this. (9/17/12)
That's it for now. Some interesting and unusual news reviews will come later.
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