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Kindle Fire HDX Review

Recently I was very thrilled to attend a Kindle Event, and as part of the event was given a Kindle HDX to try out.

As a kindle lover, I was very excited to see what this latest Kindle could do.

Here’s what they say about the all-new kindle fire HDX:

“The all-new kindle fire HDX has a Stunning new 7” HDX display, quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 3x the processing power, 2x more memory, 11 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio. The device is available in Wi-Fi or with 3G and ultra-fast 4G LTE, available from Vodafone and comes in the choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage.”

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The HDX is a lovely model, very sleek, thin and easy to hold. Using it is easy, and it has helpful instructions to show you how to use it, which buttons to press etc, which is also really good if you have never used a tablet before. It also has a mayday button that you can press and a helpful person is on your screen – you can see them, but they can’t see you. I’m too scared to actually use this feature as yet but it’s sure to be useful one day! The screen is smaller than my iPad mini, but it is big enough to be able to watch a film on without distraction. I found it a little strange at first as you have to swipe away to unlock the kindle, and when in an app you have to tap at the bottom to get the home button.

In general, you can download apps, books and music to the HDX, and also video. It has been a life saver when I’ve been out and about or travelling, and putting on a children’s film or some children’s songs has made all the difference! The picture is really sharp, and clear, and it is easy to watch things on. The sound is fantastic. I found reading books on the HDX quite easy, it wasn’t a strain on the eyes, and it was nice to see little things such as it tell you how long it will take you to get to the end of the chapter – great if like me you want to get to the end of the chapter before lights out!

Kindle Free Time means that you have peace of mind when your children are using the kindle. Each child can have their own profile, which you can control, add books to – these are the only ones they can access. You can also restrict how much time your child has on the Kindle, and you can split activity time (such as using apps) and reading time. Basically everything on their profile is parent approved. Stores, in-app purchases and access to the web via Silk browser is restricted on Freetime so you don’t have to worry about crazy bills or children accessing age restricted content. I thought it looked really good, and an easy way to allow your child to use technology but with some control in place. I like the idea of a Bubs having a profile where all her books, apps and games are. It makes it easy when traveling and also keeps everything in one place. This is definitely a feature I think I’d use as Bubs gets older.

I especially like that there are awards and targets that can be set with regards to reading, to encourage your child to read. I really liked this, as I think having a real time measure how how you are doing can be really exciting and enouraging as a child. Anything that encourages reading is good in my book. As it were!

Bubs is just starting to get interested in what these tablets are, and I have found a few apps she really enjoys using, particularly ones with animals in where you can press them and hear the animal noise, or Cbeebies Playtime where she loves popping the bubbles on the Mr Tumble game! or where she can ‘draw’ (she likes to poke the screen with her finger!). As technology advances it’s definitely something she will be using in the future, and in short bursts i don’t have a problem with her playing or watching something on one. Having the Freetime feature is a real appeal to me with the Kindle, and reassuring.

Prices for the All-New Kindle Fire HDX starts at what I think is a reasonable £199.

I attended a Kindle Event where I was given a Kindle Fire HDX to review as part of my goody bag. All views are my own unbiased opinion on the product.





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