Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Amazon Introduces the Kindle Fire HDX

The new Kindle Fire HDX starting at $229!
Hey there.  I currently own a Kindle Fire HD.  I love the damn thing.  It's constantly being used at home.  Either by my wife, the kids, or myself.  Someone always wants to use it.  And why not?  It's great for web browsing, videos look awesome, and because it's powered by Android, you get a whole slew of apps to browse through.  I really thought that the Kindle Fire HD would be the tablet to take over the tablet market... but now, a new tablet has been announced.  It's faster, lasts longer, and it's has an even better display.  And no... it's not from Apple or Samsung or ASUS or Google... it's from Amazon themselves.  They've improved the Kindle Fire HD and have created the Kindle Fire HDX!

I won't get into too much details on the 7" Kindle Fire HDX but I will touch on some of the features.  The pixels on the 7" display is now 1920x1200 with high pixel density instead of 1280x800 HD display.  If you opt for the 8.9" display, you'll get an even more impressive 2560x1600 with high pixel density.  This provides images that will blow you away!  I also love that the Kindle Fire HDX sports a 2.2 Gig Snapdragon Quad Core Processor.  A jump from the Kindle Fire HD's 1.5. Gig Dual Core Processor.  You'll also get longer battery life (up to 12 hours fully using the Kindle Fire HDX and up to 17 hours as an E-reader) and a front facing camera.  The 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX will have the added bonus of a rear facing camera as well as a front facing camera.

Now there is a lot to talk about in regards to features with the Kindle Fire HDX but I'm only touch base on three of them.  The Mayday feature, Amazon Prime feature, and the Share Your Screen Feature.  Let's start off with Amazon Prime.  I love Amazon Prime.  It allows me to watch movies and TV shows and even allows me to borrow books to read.  The downside?  You'll need to be connected online to use it.  Well... with the new Kindle Fire HDX, that won't be much of an issue anymore.  The new Kindle Fire HDX will allow you to download videos from Amazon Prime right to your Kindle Fire HDX for later viewing!  That means that you'll be free to watch ANYWHERE!  Download a movie and watch it during that long airplane flight, let the kids watch cartoons during those long car rides, or catch your favorite show while sitting in a park.  I absolutely LOVE that you are no longer restricted to Internet connectivity in order to watch videos.  Of course, you'll need it to download them first, but once you do that, you can watch anywhere and I just love that idea.  
Fine, let's ALL watch Iron Man 3 on the big screen.
The second thing that I find great is the Share Your Screen Feature.  You'll be able to share your Kindle Fire HDX screen with your TV.  You can now have your TV screen act as the primary display of your Kindle Fire HDX and will allow you to watch videos from your Kindle Fire HDX right on your TV.  Using this feature will make your Kindle Fire HDX a secondary screen that will act as a remote control for the movie.  That is just awesome!  But that's not all, your Kindle Fire HDX as a secondary screen can also be used with the Playstation 3 and soon enough, the Playstation 4.  

The last feature that I wanted to shed some light on is the Mayday feature.  With a click of a button, you can reach the a tech support rep in a snap!  No Emailing, no calling.  The Mayday feature will allow a support tech to remotely access your Kindle Fire HDX and immediately tackle to problem right on your screen.  They can "draw" on your screen, providing arrows and circling tabs, to allow you to troubleshoot the issue, or you can allow the tech to "take control" of the Kindle Fire HDX and fix it themselves.  The awesome part about this whole thing is that the Mayday response time goal is to reach you in 15 seconds.  That means that you'll get somebody to help you almost instantly.  And how do you know that it will be somebody?  The tech support rep will pop up, right there on your screen.  You'll be able to see the rep as they help you though your issue.  Now, you'll be able to see the rep but they will not be able to see you and this feature is available 24 hours a day and is completely free.  LOVE IT!
Well, hello there, miss!  HELP ME!!!
Now, the Kindle Fire HDX will not be available until October 18th, 2013 but Amazon is taking pre-orders now!  The 7" Kindle Fire HDX is running for $229 and the 8.9" for $269.  You can get them with 16, 32, or 64 Gigs of storage and the prices change depending on the storage space.  I left out a lot of details and only touched on a few features.  If you would like to see the full range of specs and features, check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX page to get well informed on this awesome product! 

So what do you think?  Is this enough to get you to pre order a Kindle Fire HDX?  Later!

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