"Love, Love, LOVE My Kindle Fire HD"5.0 starson by TLue
Cons: power/volume buttons difficult to locate at first
high-speed charger is additional $20
Summary: My boyfriend purchased the original Fire for me just a month before the HD was released, and it was my first look into the world of tablets. I fell in love with the original fire, soaking up books, games, most of the apps I have on my iphone, and all that Amazon Prime has to offer. I returned the fire in exchange for the HD and obviously haven't been anything but pleased with my decision. The screen and resolution is absolutely beautiful, and the speakers blow those on the ipad out of the water. I love the feel of the kindle in my hands, and although the buttons on the side were difficult to locate the first few days, their location quickly becomes second nature.
I was not an Amazon Prime member prior to owning a Kindle, but I am now, and love all of the features it has to offer. I live in Alaska, so the free shipping is a major major plus (although 2-day shipping is unavailable for AK, free ground shipping is huge for Alaska.), but I love the lending library and all the free media associated with my Prime account.
I love that I can read in bed at night on my kindle, then pickup my iphone at lunch the next day and the app syncs to right where I left off.
The battery life is on par with the original kindle. However, I wasn't thrilled that there was no wall charger included with the HD. The charger from the old kindle works, but I did purchase the high-speed charger and would recommend that you purchase it as well.
Some reviewers have gone on and on about the ads on the lock screen. I don't find these to be any big deal at all, and I thought I would. I have even used one or two of the deals that Amazon offers via lock screen ad. Plus, its not permanent. If it means that much to you, its worth the $15 to opt out.
In conclusion, I'm addicted to my new Kindle Fire HD. I love it, and declined an offer from my boyfriend to "trade up" for the ipad mini because I don't see it as trading up at all. For what I use my tablet for (media consumption and reading), there is no better tablet on the market in my opinion, and I have thoroughly researched them all and played with several. If you plan on watching tv/movies/video, reading books and magazines, surfing the web, and playing games - you too will fall in love with the Kindle Fire HD.