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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Tablet Review

Setup and User Experience

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As is common with Android based tablets when we turn on the Kindle Fire HD for the first time a setup wizard launches. This walks us through connecting to a network, signing into social media and we noted that the device was already associated with our Amazon account right out of the box. The Kindle Fire HD is now on OS 7.2, a customised version of Android 4.0 with over the air updates supported.

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With this being a customised version of Android the OS feels somewhat familiar with a tutorial on key OS navigation, pull down top menu for quick access shortcuts. A favourite icons bar at the bottom and lock screen with drag to unlock.

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Where things differ significantly from stock android is the use of a carousel home screen. Here our open/recent apps are displayed to us and the highlighted app then has a further layer of useful links below, such as trending pages when the browser is highlighted. Speaking of the browser this is Amazon’s own "Silk" browser which is optimised for mobile use. Email accounts are supported from all the major platforms and as well as cloud based storage from Amazon we also get their own store. This is the Kindle Fire HD’s equivalent of Google Play and allows us to download free and paid for content to the device from Amazon’s online catalogue. Should we wish to transfer content to/from our PC the process is simple, just plug in the bundled USB connector and the Kindle Fire HD appears as a drive on the PC where we can drag and drop.

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