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Kindle Fire HD - 7" and 8.9" Tablets

Updated on April 16, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HD - New for 2012

We have three new Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets for 2012. The Kindle Fire HD 7" offers a better spec that the original Kindle Fire for the same price. And there's a new Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet for those who want a larger screen. There's also the new top of the range Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE which is an 8.9" tablet with 4G support and a $50 per year data plan.

The Kindle Fire HD tablets offer a screen resolution of 1920x1200, great for watching movies and playing games wherever you are.

The new Kindle Fire tablets were announced on 6 September 2012.

I have a Kindle Fire HD 7" and I love it. I use it every day and so does my six year old son.

Image: Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi

Kindle Fire HD Features

  1. 1920x1200 HD screen resolution. The screen really is gorgeous.
  2. Fast WIFI (faster than competitors.)
  3. Choice of 7" or 8.9" screen. I chose the 7" as I use it a lot for reading eBooks and the smaller size is more convenient for this.
  4. Optional 4G with data plan for 8.9" Kindle Fire HD. Personally, I just manage with my phone when I'm out and about.
  5. Multiple profiles for different users - excellent for families.
  6. Kindle FreeTime feature for putting time limits on Kindle Fire usage for kids.
  7. HDMI output for displaying on a large TV screen or a projector. I particularly like this feature, it makes the Kindle Fire more sociable and if you choose a portable HMDI projector you can create a very portable mini theater experience.

How Much is the Kindle Fire HD?

The Kindle Fire HD 7" competes in the under $200 category for tablets with its entry-level model.

The price of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" models dropped in March 2013 to be more competitive with other tablets on the market.

All-New Kindle Fire HD Family Video

Kindle Fire HD FAQs

Does the Kindle Fire HD Support SD Cards?

One of the features that lots of people wanted for the Kindle Fire was support for SD media cards. Unfortunately the Kindle Fire HD models do not support SD or other media cards.

Amazon would argue that you don't need an SD card because you can use the cloud for additional storage, but many users would find an SD slot convenient.

You can also store additional media on a laptop or PC and then move content to the Kindle Fire HD as needed. The Kindle Fire HD can act as a USB drive via it's mini USB port. Note that you cannot attach a USB Flash drive to the Kindle Fire HD.

If you want additional portable storage for your Kindle Fire HD then you can get an Wifi drive as an add-on accessory.

Wifi Drive Storage for Kindle Fire

The Kingston Wi-Drive can extend the storage of a Kindle Fire tablet. See the Wi Drive Kindle Fire User Manual to see how this works.

Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/32GBZ
Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/32GBZ

The Kingston Wi-Drive is available in various sizes and provides portable storage for the Kindle Fire and other devices. It comes in a range of sizes.

 
Wi-Drive
Wi-Drive

Install this app on the Kindle Fire with the Wi-Drive hardware to store and access movies, photos, videos and other media and files.

 

Can the Kindle Fire HD Output to a Projector

Yes! This is one of the very cool features of the Kindle Fire HD. It has an HDMI output that you can connect to a projector (or a TV screen on monitor.)

If you combine a Kindle Fire HD with a pocket projector then you've got a very compact portable cinema! Great for movie night at home or a friends house.

You'll want to choose a projector which has an HDMI input.

Portable Projector for Kindle Fire HD

FAVI E3-LED-PICO DLP HD Pocket Projector (854 x 480)
FAVI E3-LED-PICO DLP HD Pocket Projector (854 x 480)

The Favi E3 as been designed to work with smart phones and tablets including the Kindle Fire HD.

It's an LED projector so there are no bulbs to replace. And it's small and portable.

 
HDMI Pocket Projector Mobile
HDMI Pocket Projector Mobile

This portable HDMI projector offers an impressive 85 lumens. We have one and it works brilliantly. I'm very impressed. It's easy to connect to the Fire HD.

 

Can You Use a Bluetooth Keyboard with the Kindle Fire HD?

Yes, you can connect a wireless keyboard to the Kindle Fire HD via bluetooth. If you choose a keyboard case for your tablet then you can use it Netbook style for those times when you do need a proper keyboard.

Great for getting a bit of work done at Starbucks, kids doing homework and even an intensive web searching or social media session.

Poetic Keyboard Case for HD 7"

Poetic KeyBook Bluetooth Keyboard Case for Kindle Fire HD 7.0 Black
Poetic KeyBook Bluetooth Keyboard Case for Kindle Fire HD 7.0 Black

This case includes a removable keyboard. It will support the tablet in a horizontal upright position for a Netbook style experience.

You can remove the keyboard when you're not using it - e,g, when reading a book.

The case also supports magnetic open close, which I love!

 

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