“Consumer Reports” has just ranked the Kindle Fire 2 HD as one of 2012’s top electronic devices. The publication tested 600 different devices, including everything from smartphones to HD-TVs and digital cameras. Editors ranked Kindle’s 7-inch HD Fire tablet at number seven on the list. The tablet is ranked just above the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 digital camera and just below the Panasonic Viera 44-inch plasma TV.
The Kindle Fire is one of just two tablets to make the top ten list. What’s noticeably missing from it is the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad. The other tablet to earn a top ranking from “Consumer Reports” is the Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) Galaxy Note 10.1, which the publication ranks as number one on the list.
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The publication especially appreciates the Kindle Fire’s new HD screen and better readability in areas with a lot of light. It also enhances the experience of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime members, who now have access to thousands of free books, movies, and television shows. Pre-orders for the Kindle Fire 2 HD are expected to start shipping in early December.
Editors at “Consumer Reports” say they feel that the Kindle Fire 2 could face some stiff competition from the Nook HD, which has the highest resolution among small screen tablets. The interface has also been redesigned to make it more user-friendly. The main complaint people seem to have about the Nook HD is the lack of apps for it. The Kindle Fire HD has about 35,000 apps, while there are only about 10,000 apps for the Nook HD. Both the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD start at $199.
One problem that’s plagued users of the Kindle Fire HD recently is the lack of a user manual for the device. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime members can download the ebook “Kindle Fire HD User’s Guide: Unleash the Power of Your Tablet” for free right now. Non-members can purchase it for $2.99. There are also a number of other user guides for sale on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), also for around $2.99.