Three new tablets were introduced by Amazon during a conference in Los Angeles on Thursday. The new additions to the Kindle Fire family – the Kindle Fire HD 7”, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE are now available for pre-order from the Amazon’s website and the 7-inch model will begin shipping as early as September 14th. For the 8.9-inch version, customers will have to wait until November 20th.
All the tablets come in two variants and the price are the following: the Kindle Fire HD 7” is selling for $199 for the 16 GB model ($249 for 32 GB), the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” will set you back $299 for the 16 GB version ($369 for 32 GB) and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE costs $499 for the 32 GB variant ($599 for 64 GB).
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During the conference, the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the Kindle Fire was no longer simply a gadget but a service, and looking at the specs he might be right.
All tablets feature a 10 point capacitive touch high definition color display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology, so using the tablet outside on a sunny day will no longer be a problem. The reflection issue caused by an air gap between the touch sensor and the LCD was solved simply by using a single piece of glass. The contrast is high, the image is crisp and clear whether your are looking at a magazine, video or webpage and the wide viewing angles allow you to use the tablet comfortably in almost any position. The main difference between these three models is the display size and resolution: 7 inches with a 1280×800 pixel resolution and up to 720p HD video playback for the 7” version and 8.9 inches with a 1920×1200 pixel resolution and up to 1080p HD video playback.
Amazon decided, and quite rightly, that 8 GB for an HD device is definitely not enough so the tablets sport from 16 GB in the 7” and 8.9” model, though 32 GB available in all version to 64 GB in the 8.9” 4G LTE.
To enrich the HD experience even more, the tablets are equipped with dual speakers and the power of Dolby Digital Plus. The Kindle Fire HD automatically adjusts the audio profile based on what you’re doing, such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype and Dolby Digital Plus technology optimizes volume, creates virtual surround sound, and delivers easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows.
The tablets run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest and most advanced operating system, which means you will have access to the most popular games and apps like Angry Birds Space, Where’s my Perry?, Fibble, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, Netflix, HBO GO, Facebook, Hulu Plus, Pinterest, Skype, The Weather Channel, Zillow, and Magic Piano.
With every Kindle Fire HD you buy, you also get one month of Amazon Prime, which will let you enjoy unlimited streaming of hit movies and TV episodes, reading a Kindle book a month for free, and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. Amazon Prime offers you commercial-free sessions of over 25,000 movie and TV classics and latest hits and thanks to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library you can get one book a month for free to choose from over 180,000 titles including for example all 7 Harry Potter books.
The Kindle Fire HD tablets offers you features you will not find in any other tablet, for instance X-Ray for books and movies. With this unique tool, you can find information about actors or book characters without interrupting the movie or closing the text you are reading. All you have to do is simply tap the screen and thanks to the power of IMDb you will instantly know which actors are in the current scene, which movies they starred, etc, and Shelfari and Wikipedia allow you to find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more.
The Kindle Fire HD can also synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting. This feature, called Immersion Reading, will help you eliminate distracting background noises and enhance comprehension. There are almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks to choose from so you will certainly find something you like.
Whispersync for voice, movies, books and games will remember the last page you read or the last scene you watched before you stopped a movie and will allow you to resume watching, reading, listening or playing from the saved point.
Other features include Kindle FreeTime – a new service for kids, Read-to-me feature, front-facing HD camera, external volume controls, location-based services via Wi-Fi with assisted GPS in the 4G LTE model, integrated Bluetooth connectivity, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, 3.5 mm stereo jack, integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email.
The new Kindle Fire HD are certainly among the most advanced Android tablets. Whichever model you decide to get yourself – the Kindle Fire HD 7”, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” or the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE, it will certainly satisfy your expectations with hours of entertainment, enhance your daily tasks and work.