Kindle Fire HD 7" 8GB Wi-Fi Tablet

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Kindle Fire HD 7" 8GB Wi-Fi Tablet
Price: $39.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 Business Days. (Thursday, Jan 12 to Tuesday, Jan 17) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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They’re not bad tablets for the price. HOWEVER, if you are looking to root this, or drop CM12 on it, I’d hold off. If they are recently refurbed, they may have too new an OS on them to root. It might be worth the ten bucks (and taxes) to get one from a Target or BB.

This model comes with “special offers” which are ads that display on your lockscreen. If you’re like me, you hate ads. Out of the box, you cannot install Google Play. However there’s a solution to both without rooting!

Got one last time and it is fine. If you have Prime, it’s even better, as you get free books each month. I ended up buying a larger one for home use and this one for portabilty.

Probably a better deal than a no-name weird Android tablet. Amazon has a reputation to defend.

I think the CM quit the project.

Help me understand why I would go for this. A refurb for $45 (after shipping) or new from the Amazon mothership for $50 on Prime.

Both are 8gb 7" with ads.

It would seem five bucks is worth new

[VMod Edit: Different model. See below.]

And the newer ones allow for expandable storage.

I’m not sure the cheapest ones do.

Can you provide a link to the offer you’re referring to? I’m having trouble tracking down this model on Amazon.

I got one last time. There was a problem (a known common problem) whereby the unit would turn off suddenly and not restart until plugged in to AC again. This was with battery level at 60-80% but it was acting as if the battery were dead.

Anyway, WOOT replaced it promptly though I was sure I’d have just gotten my money back they actually had a replacement on hand which has worked fine. Until I dropped it and broke the screen–actually it still works fine just doesn’t look so nice.

I have also since gotten a new version. The new version is lighter and less wide but taller–it has a different aspect ratio.

Here’s why I prefer the OLD one sold here: it has the swipe-style keyboard that allows you to drag your finger letter to letter making typing tremendously faster. The new one is hunt and peck–a HUGE disappointment, which I assume is related to lowering royalty payments not usability and certainly not improvement.

The other thing I notice lacking in the new one is auto-adjust screen brightness, which actually works very well on this model. The new one does not have this feature and instead as you move from lighter to darker ambient light situations you have to adjust the screen brightness manually.

The new one is a bit faster, it seems to me. But this is a good unit. However, if memory serves I got the 16GB version. The real thing is I wouldn’t get an 8GB version as it’ll run low on space quickly.

The newer ones do allow you to store more on the micro-SD card, however most apps do not install to a card as far as I can tell. So its mainly useful for taking pictures or downloading media.

Either way, these are great units for the money, old or new. BUT I would not buy a new one if I’d known it did not have a swipe keyboard. That’s a deal-breaker in 2017 for me.

That’s the regular Fire 7", not the HD version. The screen resolution is 1280 x 800 in the HD versus 1024x600 in the regular.

The processor is also different – 1.5 GHz dual in the HD vs. 1.3 GHz quad in the regular and accelerometer + gyroscope in the HD vs accelerometer only in the regular. The regular does have a SD slot and a 2MP rear + 0.3MP front cameras.

Search for swype keyboard in the amazon app store and you can add a keyboard that works as you had before.

I don’t have the version tablet you have but I would imagine that you probably can do it with the stock keyboard as well. I just don’t have access to your tablets settings to check. Google is your friend in this matter.

I 'm confused as to which kindle Fire this is. The header states 2nd gen but the specs say that this is a 2013 model.

According to Amazon, the 2nd gen came out in 2012 and the 2013 model is the 3rd gen.

So which Fire model is this?

PS what does “SOHO” stand for?

Per the vendor: 2nd Gen Kindle Fire HD.

Soho is the internal code name, but it is also references the model online:

Not a direct comparison, but I got one of the 8G HD 6 and three of the 16G HD 6 from the last two Woot! offerings, and they all work and look perfect - like new. So, as long as Woot! is offering these like those, you probably have a good chance of getting a well-functioning unit.

The HD is well worth it compared to the non-HD (imo - I have had the non-HD 7 next to the HD 6, and the HD is much nicer).

I have installed Google Play Store on all of them using instructions online. I have updated them all to Fire OS 5, which is MUCH improved over what was supplied (4.x).

8G is enough to have a movie or two or several show episodes from Netflix downloads on it for viewing offline.

I am very happy with the 4 HD 6 units I got from here.