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Comment: On a recent trip to the US I got to use a Fire HD for ten days. Overall I rate it a huge disappointment.
This device really isn't a tablet computer, rather it's an Amazon media player. So many basic tasks are simply not available on the Fire. I suppose that if you're happy to tie yourself to one supplier the Fire might make sense, but if you need any flexibility the Fire is a non-starter.
Good: see other reviews
Bad: extremely limited
Comment: HD arrived yesterday morning and will be sent back on Monday because I fail to see why the company who produced the original Kindle which does support Audible.co.uk books has not included this in the fire HD. I am extremely disappointed especially since it appears to be available with Amazon.com.
HD is also a big let-down because it fails in so many other areas. I have an account with Zinio magazines which is also not supported nor does it support the other apps which I have on android, when I try to access them Google Play does not recognise the Kindle HD because there is no app for this. All in all a big let down, the google tablet at the same price is a far better deal and the Galaxy 2 tab while slightly more expensive is a very attractive proposition. I do not intend to put up with a second rate product which is exactly what this donkey
Good: beautiful screen and excellent colour
Bad: did not come with a charger
Comment: I bought the kindle for books, music, films,email and Skype. I love the colour reproduction of the screen and ease of accessing my cloud account. The sound is excellent both in phones, speakers and stand alone. The screen options for reading books are disappointing - black on white, white on black or brown on ochre. I would have liked a grey reading ground like the earlier kindle readers.
Comment: ITS REALLYTHA BOMB
Good: Good spec for the price
Bad: UK version cannot remove ads (so i've read)
Comment: "Don't like adverts"
Well go and pay loads more money for a tablet that does not have them.
I don't like adverts on TV but better that, than having to pay an even bigger TV license fee. And as for the muppets who pay for Virgin, SKY etc and still watch 20mins adverts every hour - DOH!
Get Netflix for only £6 pm and watch old TV programs and films when and where you want ad free.
Comment: Oh Cnet, you do make me laugh! "heavily geared toward buying Amazon content" as a criticism and yet you rave about anything Apple (to the extent that everything else is excluded) and what does Apple do? Force you to buy their content. Objectivity really is a MUST when reviewing please................
Comment: I trust CNet reviews but really this somewhat confuses me.
You say; "we found web connection disappointing: streaming high-definition movies took longer to start than we'd like, and dropped to a very blurry-looking standard-definition when the Wi-Fi signal diminished." Gee guys, that isn't much of a recommendation so far.
You then go on to say that "navigation was not as smooth as expected." I read that as, this product is not up to our expectations given who's behind it. And yet what is so far reviewed seems all that aside, to be a buy recommend. Well, except for those nefarious ads which can be opted out of. I wonder about that opt out. Would that be for the life of the unit you own? Or a yearly charge? I'm going to the USA next spring. Would I have any joy in buying one of the larger screens there and would it work in the UK?
Probably not, huh? Would love to have answers to all above and thank you.
Comment: Whilst I agree that adverts can be annoying I'm not too sure that in a world where Apple is so dominant and controlling with heavily restricted file support, that a device that offers much more flexibility at a much lower price should be discounted due to adverts. If the adverts annoy that much, then what sounds like a relatively small charge to stop them really doesn't seem like a major problem. I look forward to the full review.
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