Fire HDX vs Fire HD: What’s the difference?
The Kindle Fire HDX is the newest tablet coming from Amazon. It comes in two sizes: 7-inch and 8.9-inch, offering a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution display (323ppi) on the 7-inch and 2560 x 1600 (339ppi) on the 8.9-inch. Naturally, the higher pixel density displays of the HDX model will give you much more detail. Another big upgrade is the processor. The all new HDX comes with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor while The Kindle Fire HD models both at 7 and 8.9-inches settle for a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
Both Fire HD and HDX are great tablets for everyday tasks and heavy media consumption. However, there are some cutoffs as well. Apparently Amazon didn’t see fit to enable full VPN support on these devices due to geo-restricted services they provide.
Two strong reasons to use VPN on a Kindle
Often you will find yourself connected to unprotected public WiFi networks. Casual surfing is a major security concern for modern-day commuters since all your data can be intercepted by other people sharing the same network. If you want to browse the Internet safely, and don’t worry about NSA you have to use some sort of encryption. Most VPN services nowadays provide military grade encryption.
Another strong reason why you should be using VPN on a Kindle Fire HDX from abroad is simply to access your favorite movies and TV shows with Amazon Instant Video or Prime Instant Video from abroad. Otherwise you won’t be able to purchase, stream and download movies. Last but not least, other popular services like Netflix, Pandora and Hulu need a US IP address too.
Other popular services like Netflix, Pandora and Hulu need a US IP address in order to work properly.
VPN will allow you to change your IP address and unlock all geo-restricted services while abroad.
How to connect your Kindle to a VPN server
Method 1: Connect using a flashed router
The most reliable method. You will need a DD-WRT or Tomato router and a VPN account. Your VPN provider will help you connect the router to their servers. Once that part has been done, all you need to do is to connect your Kindle via WiFi to the router.
Method 2: Side-load a VPN app
Amazon removed all VPN apps from their store, but if you tick “Allow Installation of Applications from unknown sources” you will be able to install any VPN app.
The best VPN provider for Kindle Fire HDX and HD
There are many good VPN providers but I only recommend the best among them — HideMyAss. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee and packages starting at $6,5 for a month.
Also, they have a nice VPN app which works great on any Kindle device.