The amount of potential fun to be had with the Kindle Fire HD is dependent on how much money you're willing to spend, and how guilty you're willing to feel after all that buying. The tablet's main selling point is what a good deal it is: for the same price as the first generation Kindle Fire you get a better tablet, with a fancier screen, faster processor, and snappier WiFi, all for the low, low price of $200. That is supposed to appeal to the miser within. And it does, until you realize it doesn't. To a regular shopper, the realization that you hate the sweater you bought on sale the first time you wear it is called buyer's remorse, which is exactly what I experienced when getting acquainted with the Kindle Fire HD. But first, I went through the full cycle of shopper's anxiety.
Stage 1: Just Window Shopping
Like going to the mall, the Kindle Fire disguises itself as a form of entertainment that doesn't have to cost a lot of money. You can just walk around, window shop, hang out with your middle school friends, and have fun. But underneath that facade, it is all about buying things.
Unlike going to the mall, a pastime with which I am familiar, I have never owned a tablet before this 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. At first, I wasn't quite sure what about it I would find most useful. But, Amazon took care of that for me. After figuring out how to turn it on -- it's not as intuitive as you'd expect, but easy enough after blindly pressing the only three buttons along the top edge -- the home screen greeted me with a list of destinations starting with the most important one: Shop. Clicking that, conveniently, leads to all the other magical fun we can have with our entertainment portal. There are books, videos, apps, audiobooks, news things, and games. All of that is just a few taps away. And once you're at the mall, you might as well get an Orange Julius, earrings from Claires, and look, what's that over there! Which brought me to the next mental state.