When my buddy Jo, from Jo's Country Junction, was telling me about her new Kindle Fire HD, I had all sorts of questions for her. I've got one of the original Fires and absolutely love it, but I was wondering about getting a new one for myself and letting the boys use this one. Jo was kind enough to answer all of my questions in a guest post --
In December of 2011 Hubby bought me a Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers for Christmas....well actually, he had my son pick it up for him. My son and his fiancé bought me a cover and a three year guarantee to go with it. Well in December of 2012, my Kindle Fire quit charging. I took it to Best Buy and they replaced it. Then two months later that one quit charging. UGH.
It's important to note that when they replace them, they are replaced with a refurbished product. Each time I had trouble, we had to drive an hour away to have it replaced. I was also without a Kindle for about FOUR days while the replacement was delivered. For me, that was not good. I've become really attached to the thing. Checking it is the first thing I do each morning and last thing each night.
In the morning I check my email while I eat breakfast, read a couple "pages" of my book, check blogs or play a game. At night I check facebook, read my blog comments and read some more of my book. I can blog from my Kindle too.
I debated about the wireless version but found out that I am not eligible to purchase that as At&t service isn't available in my area.
Finally I asked Hubby what he thought about him having the Kindle Fire and me getting the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers with the bigger screen. He said yes...and I ran to the computer to order it. This time I was ordering from Amazon directly. That way if something did go wrong with it, I would send it directly to Amazon.
So what do I think of the new Kindle Fire HD with the bigger screen....I LOVE it!! It is a little heavier but I don't mind. Most of my reading is done in bed so I don't really "hold" it anyway. I really like the bigger screen. On the old one, the screen was smaller and didn't seem "book size". I felt like I read two screens to be equivalent to one book page. This seems more realistic to a book.
I have read some quilting related books on the smaller version and it was okay, but having the bigger screen is even nicer. That way I can still see the picture of the quilt and read the caption below. Before I would have to scroll between the two. The larger seems more comparable to reading an actual book.
I watch Netflix movies and Instant Movies from Amazon and love the bigger screen. I typically watch while sew and the bigger screen is so much better. Next on my list to purchase is Downton Abbey Season 3 Preview [HD]. I just love instant movies. I don't have return anything, pay a late fee or find some place to store it. That's a win all the way around. Plus it's typically cheaper too!!
If you have an older Kindle Fire, stick with that until it dies but if you don't have a Kindle and are thinking about purchasing one, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - is the one I would go with. I don't regret my purchase a bit....oh and I love having the two Kindles in the house...now I don't have to wait if he is using it. I would have never guessed that we would be a two device family...and none of the devices belonged to our kids!!