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Kindle Fire HD
Users can pay a $15 fee in order to opt out of "Special Offers"

If you find Amazon's "Special Offers" advertisements annoying on Kindle devices, fear not with your Kindle Fire HD purchase: you can opt out for $15.
The $15 payment in a one-time deal that will eliminate Special Offers from the lock screen and the bottom of the screen in some cases. 
"We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our Special Offers and very few people choose to opt out," said Amazon. "We're happy to offer customers the choice." 
Amazon revealed the Kindle Fire HD last week, which comes in 7-inch, 8.9-inch or 4G LTE models. The 7-inch model will ship September 14 at $199 while the 8.9-inch model will ship November 20 for $299. For those willing to step up to the 4G LTE Fire HD, it will ship November 20 for $499 -- and don't forget the great data package that offers 250 MB of bandwidth per month, 20 GB of cloud storage space and a $10 Appstore credit all for $49.99 per year. 

Source: TechCrunch

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Unfortunately the lag is built in
By Tony Swash on 9/10/2012 1:50:07 PM , Rating: 3
I bet people will wish they could pay to make the lag go away.

RE: Unfortunately the lag is built in
By tayb on 9/10/2012 1:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. That's actually really bad, even for a $200 device. Is the Fire HD 7" shipping? That's borderline unacceptable in my opinion, the browser especially.

I guess I'm ignorant on this but wtf is that tablet running? He hit the home button and it looks like it took him directly into a Kindle app and not the Android home? The home button disappeared from the page which leads me to believe that whatever that was is intended to be the home page. It looks like Amazon did a number on the OS...

RE: Unfortunately the lag is built in
By quiksilvr on 9/10/2012 2:04:20 PM , Rating: 2
Oddly enough, the $159 revamped original Fire is SMOOTHER because of the 1024x600 resolution.

By retrospooty on 9/10/2012 3:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
If it cant handle scrolling at 1280x800 there is a problem. I dunno if that unit had an issue, or if its all of them, but if its not fixed, the 7 inch NExus tab is a much better bet. Same price, same res, JellyBean and fast as hell.

RE: Unfortunately the lag is built in
By kattanna on 9/10/2012 2:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
250 MB of bandwidth per month

maybe they had already reached that whopping bandwidth cap and are being throttled down?


By FaceMaster on 9/11/2012 8:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. Having their hardware speed throttled.

By aurareturn on 9/10/2012 2:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for posting that. Makes my choice to go with the Nexus 7 even easier.

By TakinYourPoints on 9/10/2012 4:28:35 PM , Rating: 3
Um, wow, I thought that would have been fixed this time around with the faster hardware.

They either need to get their OS in line or it'll once again be hard to recommend a Fire to anyone.

RE: Unfortunately the lag is built in
By Goty on 9/10/2012 6:26:42 PM , Rating: 2
*drops inevitable CM10 port on device*

What lag? ;)

One Time
By Shadowself on 9/10/2012 2:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
The $15 payment in a one-time deal that will eliminate Special Offers from the lock screen and the bottom of the screen in some cases.

Since this variant of Android is Amazon specific what's to say that the fine print says the $15 is for this specific version of Amazon's Android and if you upgrade to a new version a year from now, you won't have to pay $15 again? (It is unlikely you'll be able to upgrade to a non Amazon version without a LOT of hacking, if at all.)

While my initial reaction to paying to not have ads is a "Thanks, but no thanks. I'll just buy something else." If I were tempted to look at a new Kindle Fire (which I'm not), I'd have to read the fine print very, very, very carefully to make sure Amazon does not have some "gotcha" clause in there.

RE: One Time
By othercents on 9/10/2012 3:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
The other issue is does after the the watching $15 worth of advertisements does it automatically go away or do we get a reduced cost for turning them off? I think Amazon should decide now what is $15 of advertising, so if you interact with 2 million adds then you get $1 discount on removing the advertisements.

RE: One Time
By ven1ger on 9/11/2012 6:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
What's to stop Amazon from offering to their advertisers, 'prime (or whatever stupid advertising gimmick) offers' that are probably more expensive than the rates for 'special offers' and then turning around and charging $15 or whatever they can skim off Kindle owners to so-call opt-out for the 'prime offers'. Maybe tiered advertising, that you can pay to opt-out of at different costs to opt-out for different tiers.

If Amazon truly believes that none of their users would seriously opt-out for 'Special Offers' then why not make it just a checkbox to opt out without charging for the ability to opt-out. Stupid logic.

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