How To Use The Kindle Fire HD In Australia

Available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch form factors, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the second generation of color touchscreen Kindle Fire line of tablet computers manufactured by Amazon. Though initially designed to be a highly versatile e-book reader with long battery life, the Kindle series has grown on to be one of the world’s leading and most popular handheld devices today. It now holds a competitive standing against other major tablet PCs available out there in the market today, such as the Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7, among many others. However, with Amazon aiming largely towards an American audience to market its products, the question which now looms is how useful the Kindle Fire HD really is for someone residing elsewhere in the world, say Australia?

First of all, you should note that while some of the common tasks and native apps on your Kindle Fire HD will work just fine, others may not. Refer to the following lists.

Things You CAN Do On Your Amazon Kindle Fire HD

  • Buy and read books from Amazon as a normal Kindle user
  • Buy and listen to audio books as a normal Kindle user
  • Buy and read magazines and newspapers
  • Surf the internet like a normal user, and visit any webpage you like, as long as you have Wi-Fi connectivity in the area

Major Apps That Do Work

  • Words With Friends
  • Weather Channel
  • Pulse
  • Gallery
  • Comics
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • Facebook
  • Email Client
  • Internet Browser

Things You CANNOT Do Outside The United States

  • Full functionality of the Amazon store is limited
  • Stream TV shows and movies from Amazon Store (In most cases, largely due to international copyrights)
  • Buy apps from the Amazon app store (You can, if you have a USA credit card)

Account Setup On Amazon Global

Here, it is worth mentioning that you will definitely need to set up an account on Amazon, and put in your country details into your Amazon account in order to avail most of these services, such as purchasing books from the Amazon store.

Price Comparison Of Books On The Amazon Store

You will see that the prices you will pay for some books will be different from those that are mentioned on the Amazon book store. This is largely due to the fact that international prices on the Amazon book store are listed in United States Dollars. Australian users will have the edge of the stronger value of the Australian Dollar in comparison to the United States Dollar. As a result, Australian customers will most likely have to pay less than the actual costs listed on the Amazon book store.

In any case, you will experience that prices of e-books listed on Amazon, as well as other online stores will be up to 40%-60% less than their hard paperback counterparts, which are available from high-street retail stores, book stores and outlets.

Workaround To Some Common Problems

If you wish to watch movies and stream your favorite TV shows, you can download them manually on your Personal Computer and load them into your Kindle Fire HD through a USB cable. Some third-party apps can also be used for this purpose. Basically, if you can get access from another source other than the Amazon App Store, such as Google Play and the Android Market Place, you can do almost anything that you want on your Kindle Fire HD tablet PC, and use it to full functionality.

You can visit Readershop Australia and learn more about their Amazon Kindle Fire HD Australia packages. If you are planning on purchasing a Kindle Fire HD tablet PC, and reside in Australia, then this is probably the best place to start.

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