This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: First Impressions (Update 1)

Updated from Sept. 7 to provide Amazon spokeswoman comments concerning data plan cost and provider in the ninth paragraph.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) held its Kindle event last week, amid much fanfare. After demoing both new Kindle Fire HDs, as well as a revamped Kindle Fire, it's clear that the company has vastly improved is tablet and e-reader offerings, but there's still some issues and kinks that need to be worked out.

Amazon announced both a 7-inch and 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD, which I got a chance to demo. The software on the devices was fairly responsive, thanks to their custom Android-based operating system, although it did feel sluggish and had problems loading a couple things, including a movie. I'm not sure if that was the custom Texas Instruments (TXN - Get Report) processor or not, but the devices' performance could have been quicker.

The first Kindle Fire, now revamped with a faster processor and reduced in price to $159, seemed more responsive to touch and had no lag time for swiping across the screen. The screen quality, though, wasn't as nice as the Kindle Fire HD.

At 20 ounces, the 8.9-inch version felt light to hold for the few minutes I was able to play with it, and did not feel like it would get heavy in my hands after extended use.

The operating system had a clean look to it, easy navigation, and the screens on both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions were brilliant. You can really see all 254 pixels per inch (ppi) packed into the display. This is something Amazon does very well; it's not Apple (AAPL - Get Report) in terms of clarity, but it's close. The screens seemed to smudge fairly easily, although that could've been a result of all the journalists playing with the products.

Kindle FreeTime, which lets parents set time limits on their kids using the device, was fairly easy to use. It took me no time to figure out how to set up time for a child to let them use the device for games or movies. If your kid wants to read books, there's no time limit on the device. While reading is something that should be encouraged, it's self-serving given that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he wants to make money when people use the device, not when they buy it.
1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.50 -1.40%
AMZN $658.22 9.30%
DLB $47.28 -1.30%
TXN $57.09 -2.70%
T $38.63 -0.03%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,701.60 -129.16 -0.72%
S&P 500 2,059.78 -16.03 -0.77%
NASDAQ 4,765.0410 -40.25 -0.84%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs