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Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
« on: September 14, 2012, 11:36:08 am »
Very nice styling. . .quite sleek.

The physical size is a bit wider and only very slightly taller than the original Fire.  While still a 7" diagonal screen, the proportions are slightly different.  Original Fire is 3 9/16 x 6 1/16.  HD is 3 12/16 x 5 15/16.  You'll notice it most obviously if you open the same book on both.

The screen definition is very nice.  I'm downloading a video just now to see how it looks.

Yes, I could stream, and I will later, but I wanted to get an idea of how much space things might take up.

There is a welcome letter from Jeff bezos and when you have that showing in the carousel, the suggestions below it include a User Guide.  Which appears to be interactive, rather than a 'document' or PDF file. . . .more like an app. It's also readily available when you select 'more' from the menu along the top -- it's under 'help and feedback'.

There are more categories now. . . .Ship, Games, Apps, Books, Music, Videos, Newstand, Audiobooks, Web, Photos, Docs, and Offers.  You can toggle between the book cover view and a list view which has a smaller thumbnail and the full title.  Oh. . .gee. . .that was on the original Fire too.  Guess I didn't use it much. 

There is text to speech. . . . .the same choices of font size and font style, but they're accessed slightly differently.  The 'sepia' is slightly darker. . .but nice. . . .

There's an auto brightness that there didn't used to be.. . . and there's FB integration now. . .so I'm thinking it'll be shareable when you get to the end of a book like you can do on an eInk Kindle.

You can change the speed, but it seems to be a female voice only. . . . have to see if I can find out how to change it to a male voice.

Watching the show now.  Video is great.  Sound is certainly superior.

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #1 on: September 14, 2012, 12:06:56 pm »
    Thank you so much for your impressions.

    Two questions:

    1. How "heavy" does it feel? I felt the original KF felt heavier than an iPad 2, which is unacceptable considering how much bigger the latter is.

    2. How is the sound on something like Netflix streaming or Amazon instant video? I found the original KF was never loud enough with those two apps (yet games and such were loud). The new speakers are supposed to be much better. Are they?
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    Re: Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 12:13:50 pm »
    O.K. So, I can't check on the HDMI until the man comes home and helps me figure out how to do that. Main thing is to find the HDMI cable. ;)

    But I have successfully gotten it to talk to my bluetooth keyboard so yay for that.

    They no longer have the gear for the drop down menu along the top. . .you just swipe down to open it and swipe up to close.

    The carousel is not as obviously off set from the bottom section. The suggested items in the lower part relate directly to whatever book or other thing that is front and center on the carousel.

    The lock screen ad has so far been  nothing objectionable.  On the home screen there's a small text ad at the very bottom. . . very unobtrusive.

    Having some delay with the BT keyboard, but beats typing on the touch screen.

    I am really liking it and am even more excited about the larger screen model! :D

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    Re: Re: Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 12:15:56 pm »
    Thank you so much for your impressions.

    Two questions:

    1. How "heavy" does it feel? I felt the original KF felt heavier than an iPad 2, which is unacceptable considering how much bigger the latter is.

    2. How is the sound on something like Netflix streaming or Amazon instant video? I found the original KF was never loud enough with those two apps (yet games and such were loud). The new speakers are supposed to be much better. Are they?

    It is not, it seems to me, as heavy as the first  Fire. Definitely thinner.

    The sound seems fine to me, but I didn't use video that much on the other one.

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 01:07:40 pm »
    Found that the only TTS voice is female.  It's not bad, but I'd rather listen to a male voice.  That's just personal preference.

    It arrived with software version 7.1.0 and just now updated to 7.1.5.

    One of the first offers was $5 for music . . . . must be used by Sept 24.

    The carousel does not have ALL my content. . . .only the last few dozen books.  New things purchased does show up at the front of the carousel as it did with the original Fire.  All my books are shown in the 'cloud' under the 'books' tab.  I'm not sure that's a bug or a feature. . . .but it doesn't bother me one way or the other.

    Still no collections. . . . at least, not that I've found yet.

    Oh, and the line spacing option is no longer available when reading a book.
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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 01:18:54 pm »
    I just got mine :)  Looks like a very small iPad, does not feel heavy at all :)  I haven't done much with it but I like the female text to speech voice!  You can also speed her up to like 4X.  I like to listen to audiobooks on 2X so that makes me happy ;)

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 01:21:20 pm »
    Thanks so much for all the information, Ann!

    Oh, and the line spacing option is no longer available when reading a book.

    I have no idea how it works on the Fire, but you may not see a line spacing option because you have the book set to "publisher default" for text. I dunno.

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #7 on: September 14, 2012, 01:29:01 pm »
    I'm not seeing an option to use 'publisher default' or not.  I've opened different books. . . .both self pub and big pubs.  The option's not there.  It IS there on the same books on the older Fire.

    The option IS there on eInk kindles -- for line spacing that is -- no 'publisher default'.  I have had books I opened on an eInk device that didn't have all the options available. . . I assumed that was something the publisher did.  And I don't usually like it. ::)
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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #8 on: September 14, 2012, 01:36:57 pm »
    I also haven't found the line spacing thing either. 

    I really like this so far.  I thought I'd be returning it but it might be a keeper!

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #9 on: September 14, 2012, 02:12:15 pm »
    I immediately bought out of the special offers.  I didn't mind them on my eink Kindle, but for some reason, I didn't like them on my Fire.  Maybe it's the full color of them  ???.

    But overall, I'm loving it.  I'm surprised at how nice the speakers sound.  For a tablet, its pretty nice.  Nicer than the speakers on my netbook.

    I started watching Hunger Games and the video was crisp, clean, and there was no lag.

    Tetris is free on the Amazon appstore today, so I downloaded and played that too.

    I'm highly impressed so far. 

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    « Reply #10 on: September 14, 2012, 03:09:16 pm »
    I've not decided about the special offers.  So far the lock screen pictures haven't been objectionable.  I actually really like the one for Titanic!  Nice image of the ship. ;)

    And on the home page there's only two lines of text that says

    Read Harry Potter for free
    with Amazon Prime

    As far as I can tell that hasn't changed.  The lock images do change however.

    Oh, and I learned a new thing: when you're on the web, and look at the menu, one of the options is to not have the page automatically go on the carousel.  I like that and it wasn't on the last one.  Forwhatever reason, I don't mind apps and books and movies in the carousel, but don't like web pages.  They look funny. :o :D
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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #11 on: September 14, 2012, 03:16:04 pm »
    I kind of like the special offers because I am interested in things like "if you like this, your might like..."

    The video has been kind of choppy for me.  The sound is great!

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #12 on: September 14, 2012, 03:19:00 pm »
    After a couple of hours playing with it, I like mine a whole lot. I just opted out of the special offers. My mom has them on her e-ink, but I don't think she has ever noticed them. They were starting to bother me already. What's REALLY bothering me is the "customers also bought" that runs along the bottom of the home page. I thought that removing the special offers would take care of that, but I was wrong. Is there any way to get rid of it? I can ignore it on the Amazon site, but this has to go NOW!

    Also, much as I hate to mute the HD, I'm going to have to put a matte screen protector on it. I have one on my original Fire - now in my husband's hands - and I can see major eyestrain in my future. I turned the light down, and I'll turn it down some more, but it may not solve the issue. Any suggestions as to brands? The one that sounds the best isn't out for the HD yet.

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #13 on: September 14, 2012, 03:20:40 pm »
    I kind of like the special offers because I am interested in things like "if you like this, your might like..."

    The video has been kind of choppy for me.  The sound is great!

    I think you get that whether you have SO's or not. . . . maybe bellaluna can say.. . . it seems to me it's related to what's showing on the carousel.

    Oh. . .khrunner confirms that.

    For the brightness, you can set it for 'auto'. . . .I've noticed it does change depending on whether the room is bright or dark.
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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #14 on: September 14, 2012, 03:41:01 pm »
    I am so glad I bought this!  I love how little and light it is compared to my iPad.  I like retina display better for reading but this is way more comfortable to hold.  I'm really happy with this :D  I have just been playing with it and going from thing to thing rather than actually reading on it though haha

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #15 on: September 14, 2012, 03:55:35 pm »
    Got mine today too!

    I posted some unboxing pix of the Kindle Fire on the blog: http://www.kboards.blogspot.com/2012/09/kindle-fire-hd-unboxing.html

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #16 on: September 14, 2012, 04:13:25 pm »
    Got mine today too!

    I posted some unboxing pix of the Kindle Fire on the blog: http://www.kboards.blogspot.com/2012/09/kindle-fire-hd-unboxing.html

    Your unboxing photos made me drool, Harvey! :D
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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #17 on: September 14, 2012, 04:17:05 pm »
    Ohhh, nice pics Harvey. Love the assistant  :D

    Kindle boxes sure have come a long way. I still have my pristine K1 in the closet. Along with the never used cover that came with it.  ;D.

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    « Reply #18 on: September 14, 2012, 04:46:07 pm »
    Harvey, your assistant is fantastic.  I'm sure MacGuyver would be proud!

    And...the unboxing makes my antsy.
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    « Reply #19 on: September 14, 2012, 06:43:29 pm »
    I'm really loving this new Kindle Fire, it might even eventually replace my iPad.  One thing I do need to figure out on it is how to get the Zinio app.  I followed the instructions that worked with the last Kindle Fire but it doesn't seem to be working on this new one.

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #20 on: September 14, 2012, 11:01:30 pm »
    Oh reading all of this makes me so excited for my Fire to get here! :)

    Can I ask a silly question since this is my first Fire? Does it go to 'sleep' while you are reading if you have been inactive? That is one thing I love while reading in bed, I don't have to worry about not turning it off. :)

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    « Reply #21 on: September 14, 2012, 11:09:19 pm »
    Oh reading all of this makes me so excited for my Fire to get here! :)

    Can I ask a silly question since this is my first Fire? Does it go to 'sleep' while you are reading if you have been inactive? That is one thing I love while reading in bed, I don't have to worry about not turning it off. :)
    I think the default is 5 minutes but you can set it from 30 seconds to 5 minutes to 15 to 30 to 45 to an hour to never
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    ^^^^ Thanks for the comments about the blog! :)
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    « Reply #23 on: September 14, 2012, 11:34:35 pm »
    Love the picture of the twins!

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    Re: Fire HD 7" - First Impressions
    « Reply #24 on: September 14, 2012, 11:51:28 pm »
    Nice. Glad you're happy. I have to wait 2-3 more weeks for my Kindle Paperwhite.
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