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Kindle Fire HDX Mayday Review

The biggest addition to Fire OS, however, is unquestionably the new Mayday button. In fact, Bezos was so excited about the new feature that he listed it as the “third leg” of the company’s device strategy, alongside “premium products at non-premium prices,” and that spiel about making money when people actually start using the devices. Swipe down from the top of the home screen or in an app like Books and you’ll get a handful of quick settings options — locking, brightness, wireless and Quiet Time, which lets you turn off notifications across the system or in particular content types like books and movies. To the right of all these is a small life preserver icon labeled “Mayday.”

Essentially, this is built-in video chat with customer support. Tap it and a video box pops up featuring a real, live human on the other end. Rest assured: while you can see them, they can’t see you, so there’s no need to put those pants back on — and for their part, they don’t have a work environment akin to Chatroulette. They can, however, see your screen. (Like most of these help sessions, there’s some fine print letting you know that the conversation may be recorded.) The assistant on the other end can also take control remotely or, if you prefer, walk you through step by step, so you can do it on your own next time. They’re also able to draw yellow arrows and circles, à la Monday Night Football, to highlight particular buttons and functions on the screen.

The service gives you access to Amazon’s support staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the company plans on hiring even more folks, in the hopes of bringing average response times down to 15 seconds. During our trial, it took a bit closer to 20, but Mayday is understandably short-staffed ahead of the HDX’s launch. The real test will come, as Bezos pointed out, on Christmas Day, when new Kindle owners attempt to wrap their brains around the new device, or just want to show the new feature off to friends. To be honest, we found talking to a floating support head a little awkward initially, and we caught ourselves gesturing to the person on the other end, even though they clearly couldn’t see us. It did get a bit more comfortable during subsequent trials, though we found ourselves grasping at straws for things to ask (“How do I turn on Quiet Time in reading?” “How do I check my remaining battery life?”).

Sometimes, however, you just have to accept that a certain feature isn’t necessarily for you. If you’re the sort who tends to feel savvy with devices fresh out of the box, or if you like to tinker around until you answer the question yourself, you’re probably not going to get a lot of mileage out of Mayday. And then there’s that age-old service line irony: if you need help turning the device on, getting connected to the internet or launching Mayday, well, you’re out of luck here. For all the tech-illiterate relatives who find themselves in possession of a Fire, however, the feature could be the lifesaver its name implies, from questions about locating the download folder (easier said than done) to getting app recommendations. Mayday may take much of the tech support burden off of those who buy the gadget for their loved ones. There’s also plenty of opportunity for pranks, but well, that’s part of the fun of new technology, right?

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Key Features Explained

What might be an issue, however, is the Samsung Galaxy S4’s less than ideal start to life. Less than a week after it was announced, Samsung backtracked on its promise to deliver the much-touted 1.6GHz Exynos 5 eight-core powered version of the phone originally pegged to hit the UK, instead sending the 1.9GHz quad-core option to British shores.

Although this revised British spec lacks the battery saving prowess promised by its eight-core sibling, it certainly has the grunt – the Samsung Galaxy S4 suffers virtually no lag, even when tackling all the heavy-duty tasks, power-hungry apps, games and multimedia content we could throw at it.

Other hardware upgrades on the Samsung Galaxy S4 follow recent Android trends. Its 13-megapixel rear-mounted camera is akin to that of the Sony Xperia Z, while 1080p Full HD video recording and an integrated flash ensure it’s equipped for any occasion.

Combined with a second, 2-megapixel snapper upfront – again with 1080p Full HD video recording at 30 frames-per-second – the S4 cameras are excellent and the new Dual Shot feature lets you make use of both cameras simultaneously.

Dual Shot lets you take a photo or shoot a video with both cameras, with the front camera view appearing as a small ‘picture-in-picture’ thumbnail. It’s largely a gimmick that won’t appeal to everyone, but for those interested, Dual Shot gives the option for more personalised tourist snaps and party shots. It’s joined by Panorama, Eraser and Animated photo options that are quick and easy to set up and use, adding a new realm of possibilities.

At its core, Samsung has paired Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the most recent iteration of its TouchWiz UI, creating an experience that is equal measures intuitive and brimmed with high-end features and options. Indeed, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S4’s software where Samsung has innovated over the S3, and how it distinguishes itself from the competition.

See the following pages of the review for a more detailed look the numerous unique software features, such as the S Health fitness app, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and Air Gesture

There’s a raft of premium add-ons, like NFC, 4G LTE and even IR remote control, too, and unlike the HTC One it has a built-in microSD card slot to expand the standard 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities – although actual available storage is considerably less than advertised, more on which later.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD Specs Analysis and Review

Right after the Amazon Kindle Fire was introduced in 2011, it instantly became one of the most important and best selling gadgets of the year. This is in part because of the previous success gained by the original Kindle e-reader. The legacy of this Amazon product line has been stomped in the history of tablet devices. Now with better and much improved Kindle specs found in the Fire HD, more and more people who used to ignore the emergence of electronic reading as the modern way of enjoying books are turning towards purchasing one as well.

The Fire HD comes in 7 or 8.9 inch bodies with different connectivity options. But the specs and other features do not end there. There is much more to expect from this revolutionary e-reading device that one would really not expect. And since it is built for total multimedia enjoyment, it’s really a product worth reviewing.

The default 7-inch body of the Kindle Fire HD is very light and it is also thin at 8.8 mm. Also, there’s an improved rubber surface at the back in order for the user to have a better grip while reading. Additionally, the HD capability of the screen packs a 1920 x 1200 resolution. By simply observing the contrast and brightness, the entire device looks stunning and very attractive.

Another part of the valuable and notable Kindle specs is the improved and much developed color. There is actually an advanced wide polarizing filter with full spectrum color making the display particularly detailed and looking superb at every single angle.

The front facing camera is not VGA, as what most devices have. Instead, it has high definition capabilities that can support Skype calls and other video applications. And of course, there’s no point having an HD tablet like the Kindle Fire without an HDMI out. Hence, connectivity options are increased with HDMI together with the default Bluetooth connection.

Kindle specs on the physical aspect meanwhile boast some of the most sophisticated tablet engineering technology, such as the TI OMAP 4470 processor and default storage of 16GB. Moreover, the device is also equipped with improved dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus. Now that’s really a big plus when it comes to providing satisfaction and total entertainment from a device that fits quite perfectly in the hands.

For internet connectivity on the other hand, the Fire HD does not back down from competition. With two dual-bands 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi antennas, there is always a certainty and guarantee of accurate, fast, and consistent web and internet connectivity.

So for anyone looking for a device that doesn’t really limit its functionality for e-reading, the Kindle specs for the Fire HD says it all. It’s the perfect tablet device for enjoying multimedia such as games, videos, music, web connectivity, and of course, e-book reading. It might be priced significantly higher than its predecessors, but we can say that it is truly worth the purchase. It’s actually the only thing that you will need for enjoying the benefits of technology in terms of multimedia fun.

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