"Excellent tablet, and a great workhorse!"4.5 starson by bhartman35
Pros: -- Beautiful screen
-- Great sound
-- Slimmer and lighter than the somewhat chunky original
-- Bluetooth included
-- Strong Wifi receiver
Cons: -- UI can be slow at times
-- No GPS
Summary: This is an excellent tablet. You get Amazon's breadth of media ecosystem, in a slim, light package that's easy to hold and take with you, plus thousands of apps to choose from (and even more if you root the tablet and put the Google Play Market on it).
The screen is just beautiful. I've watched several movies on it, and the Kindle Fire HD displays them very well. On some content, you'll get letterboxing, but that's to be expected. And the Dolby sound means you won't have to use headphones to hear the movies, like you did with the older Kindle Fire.
New to the update Kindle Fire HD is Bluetooth. It's hard to underestimate the importance of this. With a Bluetooth keyboard, you can use this as a laptop replacement for many purposes. I've done lots of typing with the keyboard, and the Kindle Fire HD keeps up well. Get Docs to Go, QuickOffice, or Google Docs (which you can use through the browser, if you don't install the app through hacking) and you're good to go for a lot of office needs.
There are only two real drawbacks. The first is a lack of a GPS. Considering the fact that the Kindle Fire HD *has* a GPS receiver in it, I'm mystified by this. Why not just turn the thing on? You already paid to include it. The other drawback is that the interface is sluggish sometimes. I haven't had issues with taps being slow to register, but sometimes the screen doesn't switch orientations immediately, which can be annoying.