When Amazon introduced the original Kindle Fire in 2011, you could practically feel it straining to hit the rock-bottom $199 price point. Its successor, the Kindle Fire HD, is a much nicer machine for the money: Its slicker case packs an impressive HD display and Dolby stereo speakers. As before, this Fire has an obsessive focus on encouraging you to buy and consume books, videos, music and apps from Amazon; if you find the ads on the lock screen grating, you can remove them for $15. A recent software update squashes many of the bugs that infested the Fire HD when it was released in September and enables FreeTime, a neat feature which lets your kids use the tablet in customized environments with content you’ve okayed.
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