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Kindle Fire HDX For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Kindle Fire HDX For Dummies

By Nancy C. Muir

The versatile Kindle Fire HDX tablet is an affordable way to get all kinds of digital media, from music and videos to books and colorful magazines. Use it to browse the Internet, connect to Facebook and Twitter accounts, make video calls via Skype, check e-mail, and read documents. Become a confident Kindle Fire HDX user by knowing some Kindle Fire HDX settings and features, and discovering what’s new compared with the Kindle Fire HD.

Explore Kindle Fire HDX Quick Settings

Use Quick Settings in your Kindle Fire HDX to set up the most commonly used functionality for your device. To access the Quick Settings on this table, swipe downward from the top of the Kindle Fire HDX screen; the Quick Settings buttons appear along the top of the screen.

Setting Description
Auto-Rotate Usually when you turn your Kindle Fire HDX around, the screen
rotates so that it’s always right-side up. Tap this setting to stop
the Auto-Rotate feature. Stopping it can be useful if, for example,
you’re reading in bed and don’t want your screen to move when you
roll over.
Brightness Tap this button to display Auto-Brightness On/Off buttons. Use
these buttons to turn on or off a feature that controls the
brightness of the screen based on ambient light. You can also use
the slider beneath this setting to adjust the brightness
Wireless Tap to display an On/Off button that you can use to turn Wi-Fi
on or to put the Kindle Fire HDX in Airplane Mode. With the
Airplane Mode setting on, no available networks appear or can be
connected to.
Quiet Time Tap this button if you don’t want your Kindle Fire HDX to sound
notifications of events, such as completed downloads or new
Mayday Tap this button to get live support 24/7. The support person
can’t see you, but can see and manage your screen and talk you
through a procedure.
Settings The Settings button on the Quick Settings bar takes you to a
complete menu of settings for every aspect of Kindle Fire HDX.

Differences between the Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD was the second generation of Kindle Fire. The new HDX device adds several great features and improvements over the Kindle Fire HD. The following table helps you understand the differences between the devices so that you can decide which to purchase, or get up to speed on new features fast.

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
Library buttons on Home Screen  
Books Books
Music Music
Video Videos
Newsstand Newsstand
Docs Docs
Apps Apps
Web Web
Shop Shop
Games Games
Audiobooks Audiobooks
Photos Photos
Offers Offers


Parental Controls/Kindle Free Time Parental Controls/Kindle FreeTime
Built-in Wi-Fi; 4G LTE with the Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE model only Built-in Wi-Fi; 4G LTE with the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE model only
Prime Instant Video Prime Instant Video
1920 x 1200 resolution on 7″; 2560 x 1600 resolution on 8.9″ 1280 x 800 high-definition touchscreen
16, 32, or 64GB 16 or 32GB
Included power adapter and micro USB cable Included Micro USB cable (no power adapter)
10.7 or 13.2 ounces 13.9 ounces
7.3″ x 5″ x 0.35 or 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.31″ 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″
Micro USB connector port Micro USB connector port; HDMI port
11–12-hour battery life 10-hour battery life
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Gorilla-glass display with reduced glare Gorilla-glass display with reduced glare
Dolby Digital Plus Audio, dual stereo speakers Dolby Digital Plus audio
Dual band antenna for faster downloads Dual band antenna for faster downloads
Quad core 2.2 GHz 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor
Integrated support for Facebook and Twitter Integrated support for Facebook and Twitter
Front- and rear-facing camera on 8.9″ model; front only on 7″ model Front-facing HD camera
Dual microphones on 8.9″ model Microphone
Sponsored screensavers Sponsored screensavers
Unlimited Cloud storage for Amazon content Unlimited Cloud storage for Amazon content
Read to Me Text-to-Speech; Immersive Reading Read to Me Text-to-Speech
X-Ray for Books, Music, and Movies X-Ray for Books and Movies
Accelerometer and gyroscope for gaming; ambient light sensor Accelerometer and gyroscope for gaming
New and improved accessibility features including Screen Reader and Screen Magnifier Voice Guide, Explore by Touch
Mail Mail
Contacts Contacts
Calendar Calendar
Calculator Calculator
Skype Skype (free download)
Silk browser Silk browser