Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Inch Review
21 October 2013
Excerpt: [dropcap]S[/dropcap]o as a nerd I was really pretty excited to check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. There were a number of reasons, I love the idea of a reader and the 10+” tablet I have now is just too big to be a real reader. I know an inch and change doesn’t make a big difference on paper, but in practice I assure you that it does.
Excerpt: Powered by Android, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has a single layer of glass for the touch screen that reduces glare, making it easy to see even in overhead light. It features two WiFi antennas for faster browsing and dual Dolby stereo speakers for improved sound that was noticeable in tests. The Kindle Fire 8.9" also includes Kindle FreeTime, a service that allows parents to limit what their children can access on the tablet.
Pros: Great sound quality, High-resolution screen
Cons: Consumer testers did not like the design and feel, Limited connectivity options, Subpar camera/video, One of the slowest tablets tested
Summary: The Kindle Fire HD will be available from June 27, 2013 in the Indian market and can be purchased on www.amazon.in. The tablet is available in two variants—16GB and 32GB versions, which are priced at Rs 21,999 and Rs 25,999 respectively. After using the Kindle for a few days, we have to admit that the tablet is definitely a good buy considering the performance, usability and battery life.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD (8.9”) – This Kindle’s on ‘fire!’
7 May 2013
Excerpt: Since 1996, this author has only had positive encounters with purchases and service from Amazon.com . When given the opportunity to review the new Kindle Fire HD , this author was honestly excited with high hopes and this device did not disappoint. The Kindle Fire HD is available in either a 7” ( starting at $199 for 16GB of storage ) or 8.9” ( starting at $269 for 16GB of storage ) display.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is Good, But No iPad Killer
6 May 2013
Excerpt: Amazon expands its tablet sights with the bigger, more powerful Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Can it compete against Apple's iPad? If there’s one company that deserves credit for reigniting the iPad competitor market, it’s Amazon. Despite some bugs and an overall blah design, its 7-inch Kindle Fire was the first Android tablet that made sense to consumers who gobbled it up to help the Fire grab 50% of the Android tablet market in just 6 months .
Summary: As with the Wi-Fi-only version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, we love the LTE model's full HD display and booming stereo speakers. While we didn't like that the tablet slowed down when trying to do a few things at once, parents will appreciate its built-in parental controls. For those invested in Amazon's ecosystem, and who consume a lot of multimedia, the Fire HD is a no-brainer.
Conclusion: Our bottom line here is pretty much the same as it was for the Kindle Fire HD 7: this is a good device for people deeply invested in Amazon’s products and services. It ties the books, apps, audiobooks, music, and other content together with a nice bow. Plus, no other tablets (except the iPads) offer access to Amazon’s video content. The $300 base price seems low, but isn’t as competitive as the Nook HD+, and that’s not even taking into account the No-Ads tax.
Pros: Excellent Dolby sound, Great access to Amazon content, Clear HD screen, Great battery life
Cons: Lockscreen ads are blatant and annoying, Amazon goes overboard upselling products, Interface is laggy at times, Limited to Amazon services & content, Amazon email/calendar apps don’t match Google’s, No homescreen customization
Conclusion: The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a nice tablet, but not a great one. As compared to the iPad, it's considerably less expensive and has better sound quality, but it isn't as polished overall as Apple's offering. It has a few shortcomings, but in general the positives outweigh the negatives.