It’s the most gifted product on Amazon, but what’s so great about the Kindle Fire HD 8.9?
Check out the specs before you invest this Cyber Week – many retailers are extending sales for a full week past Cyber Monday.
Kindle Fire Memory
The Kindle Fire comes in two basic ‘sizes’ when it comes to memory: 16GB and 32GB.
What’s the difference? GB stands for gigabyte, which is 1,000,000,000 bytes. 16GB may sound like a lot, but when you start adding apps, photos, movies, television shows and the occasional ebook, you may find that your Kindle doesn’t run as fast as it did out of the box.
If you just plan to use the tablet for browsing the Internet and reading the occasional ebook, 16GB is more than adequate, but if you’re a heavy user, consider the 32GB model.
1280×800 HD Display with Polarizing Filter
That sounds pretty fancy, so let’s break it down and see what it all means. 1280X800 refers to the size of the actual screen in pixels: 1280 pixels wide by 800 pixels high.
HD means that the display is ‘High Definition’ – it has more horizontal scan lines than a standard video display. In essence, more lines means a better-looking picture. What’s a Polarizing Filter? It’s a common camera feature that filters out reflected light. Yes, the Kindle Fire has an HD camera for Skype or taking photos.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G
The 4G model (4G stands for fourth generation, or the fourth version) costs considerably more than the mainstream model, so what’s the difference? The big difference is in your storage. Although you get free cloud-based storage on any Amazon device, having robust onboard storage (64GB in the 4G model) is a good idea if you’re a really heavy user. Online data may not always be available, but movies and other information that you’ve stored on your Kindle will be there as long as you have a charge. So how’s the battery life?
Kindle Battery Life
According to Amazon, the Kindle will last for 10 hours of continual use. Of course, battery life decreases with age, so don’t expect that to be true after a few months of that same continual use. A hands-on review by John V. was positive – the tablet lasts for a full day of light use; helpful for anyone who doesn’t like to constantly worry about running low on battery. For those interested in the real break-down, Gizmodo actually opened a Kindle Fire to check the battery specs up close and personal, concluding that it has a bigger battery than Google’s Nexus 7.
Cyber Week Sales
Different products will go on sale over the run-up to the Christmas Holiday – and then on clearance after Christmas. No matter what type of electronic items you purchase, always check the capabilities of the device. Sometimes, the fancy terms used in marketing are pointless – how badly does a Kindle user need a polarizing filter on a camera that’s intended mainly for Skype, as an example – but regardless, it’s always a good idea to know what they mean.
Amazon. Kindle Fire HD. (2012). Accessed November 27, 2012.
John V. Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review. (2012). Phonearena. Accessed November 27, 2012.
Aguilar, M. Kindle Fire HD: The Pretty Little Tablet Spills Its Gorgeous Guts. (2012). Gizmodo. Accessed November 27, 2012.
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