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Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 2nd Generation Kindle Fire Available Now

The brand new Kindle Fire HD 7″ and the 2nd generation Kindle Fire are now available. Announced last week at an event in Los Angeles, Amazon initially only opened up pre-orders for these two devices with a launch date of September 14. Since it’s now September 14, the switch appears to have been flipped, with pre-orders becoming a thing of the past. If you don’t feel like waiting for the Fire HD 8.9″ or Paperwhite, then hit up the links below and get to ordering.

At $199 for the 7″ HD model, you are looking at one of the better deals in all of tech. Amazon’s UI may take some getting used to if you are coming from a traditional Android device, but that screen, new WiFi tech, Whispersync, and Amazon ecosystem are tough to deny.

Link:  Kindle Fire HD 7″ WiFi (16GB for $199, 32GB for $249) – Available September 14

Link:  Kindle Fire 2 WiFi (8GB for $159) – Available September 14

  • mlett1982

    i have a kf and it fell, broken screen. i have a warrenty with it. My q is do you think they would swap it out with the HD and let me pay the difference?

    • Happy Reader

      Yes they will, at least they allowed me to upgrade. Good luck!! BTW, phone them @ the 800 # do not e-mail. You will get a return call almost immediately. They are very helpful !!

  • dkm305

    I love the nexus 7 and all of its features..but eventually it comes down to build quality which the nexus 7 is fails at. Knowing that the screen breaks easily when you drop it or even the screen itself separating even if you don’t drop it is a deal breaker for me. I don’t want to be frustrated with Goggle/Asus’s customer service like so many others had to go through. Also I wouldn’t be surprised if Goggle started to receive complaints about the build quality of their product in the coming months. It seems like these problems begin to occur after you use the nexus for long periods of time

  • Man,what an ugly bezel ! (ugly tablet actually)

  • rwvoss

    It is worth noting that there are some advantages to the Kindle Fire HD if you have an Amazon Prime account. Access to the free lending library and instant prime videos are not avalible using the kindle app on a different android device.

  • matt_helm

    Did anyone else notice they removed the microSD card interface from the Kindle Fire HD?

  • Bionic

    It really is a shame that some people will buy these not knowing how much more powerful and “buttery smooth” the Nexus 7 is. Damn shame.

    • shooter50

      there are reasons not to buy the kindle fire, but “buttery smooth” on the nexus 7 isnt one of them. that has been one of the most overhyped and under delivered feature to date. my galaxy note 10.1 running ics is far smoother than the nexus 7 which i sold. Just like the apple fanboys, people here believe the marketing hype. the freakin nexus 7 even stutters on the pulse newsreader. don’t believe it? download it and see just how “buttery smooth” scrolling is

      • Bionic

        I haven’t encountered a single thing you just said. But to each their own I guess.

  • r0lct

    Minor correction, they aren’t calling it the Kindle Fire 2, just Kindle Fire

  • Laki S.

    I think I might get this for my mom. She loves to read and isn’t tech savvy at all, so she wouldn’t understand or appreciate the capabilities of an N7 (which I personally love and would never get anything else for myself). But I could see her with this as it does just what she needs and can sync to my Amazon account so she can share my titles and purchase books using my card. She’s happy with that now dinosaur of a Sony reader I bought her a couple years ago, so this would be a pretty big upgrade for her.

  • fierywater

    …or you could get a Nexus 7.

    • JoshGroff

      That is always an option, but for people who had the original KF, this would be an easier transition. Also, the storage is a nice bump up from the N7 if that’s a deal breaker for some people.

      • fierywater

        That’s fair. And the storage is double (as my email says you mentioned, but your post doesn’t?) at the same price point.

        I just couldn’t lock myself into Amazon’s ecosystem, even if it got me double the storage. The Nexus 7 just gives you so many more options.

        • JoshGroff

          I have the Nexus 7 as well, it truly is a stellar device, and I personally wouldn’t get a Kindle for much of the same reasons. Although, give it a couple days and there will probably be stock JB ported to the KF HD.

          • JoeTi

            ↑↑↑ This. Love my N7 but heavily considered an OG Fire to hack and ROM. I just couldn’t swallow the specs knowing better option s were around the corner. Now this is a much more tempting offer given the spec hike and Androids brilliant developer community.

          • JB

            But the stock JB will likely have random bugs and non-functional hardware (currently the microphone doesn’t work and the touchscreen is buggy in JB on the OG Fire). It’s not quite the same as having a nexus device.

      • William_Morris

        Considering both are transitioning to cloud based storage services, the storage space is still moot. I have a 16 gig N7 and really am not hurt by the fact that I don’t have more space. Not to mention there’s no forked version of Android, the processing power is still greater and the quality of device Asus and Google have provided has very weaknesses (ie no back facing camera.)

        • JoshGroff

          I agree, why do people for some reason think I’m saying the Fire HD is better… I’m just saying for previous KF users and people who need the extra local storage, it’s a good device.

        • mustbepbs

          Even with large games, there’s an app that lets you offload the game files onto, say, an OTG SD card or flash drive, have the app point to that location for the files, and the games play just as well.

          I was playing NOVA 3 last night with the game files on my flash drive over OTG, and it actually seemed to load faster than it being on the device. And that game is nearly 3 GB worth of space.

        • Bionic

          not to mention there is an app that unlocks the usb port on the N7 for further storage needs.

      • Bionic

        not really, just use the damn kindle app. My wife played with my N7 and she was like “i hate my Kindle now”

    • EC8CH

      already did

  • Bobby Meeks

    Ads aren’t that bad. My kids have the kindle with ads and you barely notice them.I hope this is the same.

    • shooter50

      I received my kindle fire hd this morning. The ads are full screen hd ads that actually look great. some are movie ads, some are product ads. once you swipe, they are gone. I was intending to pay the 15.00 to have them removed, but I kinda like them. By the way, the screen and speakers are great. much better than the nexus 7 which i sold. build quality is super and did i say the screen was great? much better color than the nexus 7. anyhow, i certainly miss google play, but like most people I only use a limited amount of apps on a regular basis and all of these are in the amazon market.

  • steve0617

    Not accurate as the 32 gig version of the Fire HD is not available until October 25.

  • Clifford Gadd

    Ads are a deal breaker for me though.

    • “If you would like to opt out of these special offers, you can do so through Manage Your Kindle for $15 after you have registered your device.”

      • mustbepbs

        I’m not sure I’d like to spend the money for the device..and then another $15 for functionality that should already be present.

        • $199? What an amazing deal! $214? Rip off!

          • JoshGroff

            Insert random comment about side-loading an ad blocker.

        • Jason James

          how is removing ads adding functionality?

          • mustbepbs

            They make you pay to get rid of ads. The functionality to opt out of ads should be present on the device in the first place, without the added cost. It’s called choice.

          • shooter50

            no its called business and amazon is in business to make a profit. dont like it? dont buy it, but i have a feeling jeff bezos is a helluva lot more successful than you are.

        • JoshGroff

          Ads on the lockscreen I can deal with, and at least they let you get rid of them for a reasonable price.

          • mustbepbs

            Reasonable price? You already bought the damn tablet. Why do you have to pay them more to remove something that they stuck on there? That’s as absurd as paying Verizon to remove the bloatware they stuck on your phone. Nobody would stand for that. Nobody should stand for this.

          • JoshGroff

            Would you rather them bump the price up that $15 initially and not give you the option? They’re doing it as a subsidy, and some people don’t mind the ads if it means for a cheaper device. That’s why they have it that way.

            Also, in regards to the bloatware comment, that should be removable when you consider how much you actually end up paying for a smartphone in the end.

          • mustbepbs

            I’m pretty sure that they’re going to make a lot more money on app store purchases than those silly ads. For it being the reason for the subsidy, $15 isn’t a whole lot to leverage the costs. It’s the app store/Amazon purchases that are making them offer this at a low price.

          • JoshGroff

            If it really bothers you that much and you don’t want to shell out $15, just side-load an ad blocker. I really don’t care enough to carry on a conversation when I know you won’t change your opinion.

          • mustbepbs

            Enjoy your ad-filled, subpar tablet.

          • JoshGroff

            I have a Nexus 7, pretty sure that’s not ad-filled or subpar. I’m just trying to prove a point. Also, the KF HD is by no means subpar, and you know it’ll have stock ported to it in days.

          • mustbepbs

            As do I 😛

            And I’m trying to prove the point that forced ads on a $200+ device is not kosher. Agree to disagree?

          • JoshGroff

            Sounds good, lol.

    • Don’t worry. $15 more dollars won’t hurt. The only deal breaker for me is no sdcard on any of them. This would have taken it to the top.

    • normmcgarry

      Agreed. I’m waiting to see if it gets any developer support, then I may grab one. I’d wanna scrap that Amazandroid they got going on.

    • shooter50

      have you seen the ads? no, i didnt think so. so i’ll enlighten you. they are full page high def ads. at first I was like you thinking I wouldnt want them, but so far i’ve seen ads for movies and some product ads and with a swipe they are gone. I dont find them bothersome. what i find bothersome is whiney people like you who dislike something before they have even seen it. if you dont want ads, dont buy a kindle. who cares. amazon will sell millions without you. tell me, whats so important about the lock screen? how much time do you spend there? most lock screens time out in a few seconds, so how much time do you have to admire your amazing lock screen? geez, get a nexus 7 if this is so bothersome and enjoy that washed out screen and lower quality speakers, both of which make the fire HD a better option.

      • Clifford Gadd

        I’ve got a N7. I was giving my opinion. Not whining. I also don’t get butt hurt if someone doesn’t like my chosen device and go an a rant about it.
        Also the interface is laggy compared to the N7, and I doubt there is that much of a difference in the screen’s visual quality. specs != real life experience.