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Review: The Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDAs much of a tech geek as I am, I was not a user of tablet until recently (not because I didn’t want a tablet, mind you, but because finances made it impossible). I didn’t even get an e-reader until Christmas of 2011, even though I’m an avid reader.

The gift of my first Kindle the old school version — happened to coincide with the closing of my closest chain bookstore, and suddenly I found myself with the gift of access to nearly every book I could possible want with just the touch of a few buttons. I was in love.

To tell the truth, I deliberately chose the older version of the Kindle because I didn’t want my reading device to also connect me to the web and social media. Reading is precious to me, and I prefer not to be distracted by the easy lure of Facebook while I’m reading. So I was a bit hesitant when I was offered the opportunity to review the Kindle Fire HD.

But I tell you what; reading on the Kindle Fire HD is a much richer experience, and I love that it’s backlit so I can now turn out the light while I read in bed (I don’t sleep much, so that’s where I do most of my reading).

But unlike my old Kindle, I’ve found the device handy in many ways, including using the tablet feature to get online. I love television, for instance, and like that I can watch shows with the Kindle using headphones that the rest of my family wouldn’t enjoy (or in my daughter’s case, wouldn’t be appropriate).

I was recently blessed with an iPad mini as well (I know, how lucky am I?) and it was my daughter’s favorite thing until we got the Kindle Fire HD. But I worried about her having too much screen time, even though  it was loaded up  with the math and reading games I encourage my daughter to play.

But when it comes to kids and tablets, the Kindle Fire HD offers an AWESOME feature called Kindle FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited. This allows me to set both content AND time limits on the Kindle’s apps meaning I can restrict my daughter’s game time (right now she’s really into Disney’s Brave Temple Run, a game with Merida), but allow her to read as long as she wants, or limit play to just the educational games after a certain amount of time. This feature makes the Fire the best tablet for young kids, in my opinion.

I love the Kindle Fire HD, and it’s a welcome addition to my family’s tech. Maybe I can even get my husband to use it.

I was provided the 7″ Kindle Fire HD, valued at $199 and a $50 credit to purchase apps by Amazon. Thanks so much for the opportunity to fall in love with my Fire!

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