Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review: In Depth
6 February 2014
Excerpt: Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets are aimed squarely at users of the online giant, as a slick and convenient way to access all of your Amazon content - be it movies, music, books or even apps. The Kindle Fire HDX is the best version yet, thanks to its mega-sharp HD screen and unique features such as the brand new Mayday button, and it comes in a choice of 7-inch or 8.9-inch models. We took the 8.9-inch tablet for a spin, and came away suitably impressed.
Pros: Excellent screen, Mayday works as advertised, Slick, portable design
Conclusion: Battery Relying on our battery benchmark test, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is right in there with the crowd, as it’s able to pull in 7 hours, 46 minutes from its fully charged battery. It’s a little short from the iPad Air’s mark, but it still translates into giving us an all-day battery performance – even with heavy usage. Basically, it’s something that’s sure to give even power users all the juice they need to get through the day.
Pros: Lots of good specs for the low price, One of the most detailed displays on a tablet, Very lightweight, Speedy performance, Tight integration with Amazon’s ecosystem
Cons: Design could’ve been more daring, Not as much flexibility with the software, Weak speakers, Difficult to feel out the power button & volume controls
Excerpt: In many ways, I’m glad Amazon took its time bringing the Kindle Fire series of tablets Canada. Now in its third generation, Kindle is a brand both mature and distinguished from other Android devices; its Fire OS, though separate from the Play Store universe, boasts the extensive feature set one would expect from a modern
Pros: I’m not sure what I was expecting when removing the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 from the box, but it certainly wasn’t this gorgeous piece of hardware. I recall the original Kindle Fire being a derivative of BlackBerry’s ill-fated PlayBook tablet, a black, boxy utilitarian thing;, is not that. Compact and solid, the back slopes towards the edges, making the tablet feel thinner than it is — this is a trick used by many smartphone makers, but it works even better on a tablet.
Cons: Unfortunately, for Canadians the advantages over the iPad end at the hardware level. As stated above, I wouldn’t say there is a dearth of decent software on the Amazon App Store, but few of them are optimized for the screen size — they are merely ported Android apps, with the same upscaling issues as every other Android tablet — and those present don’t usually compare to iOS in quality or features.
Excerpt: Amazon announced their latest Kindle Fire tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX, earlier this fall as two separate devices running on either a 7-inch display or a slightly larger 8.9-inch display. One of the main selling points of the Kindle Fire HDX is its exclusive HDX display, which offers a 323PPI on the 7-inch model and 339PPI on the 8.9-inch model.
The newest bargain tablet from Amazon offers a lot under the hood.
29 November 2013
Conclusion: The Kindle Fire HDX tablets don't compete fiercely enough in the price department, making them a tougher sell; other tablets can run circles around these Kindles for the same (or lower) price. Though the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers some truly laudable features and performance points, a tablet is not merely the sum of its parts . What separates the Nexus 7 and iPad from the Kindle Fire HDX isn't hardware, it's software and content.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch): a high-end tablet at a mid-range price
7 November 2013
Summary: The Fire line just keeps getting better. Just as the HD marked a big improvement over the first generation, the HDX brings a number of premium features that puts Amazon's offerings on par with some of the best tablets. The screen is great; processing power has been bumped up considerably; there's finally a rear-facing camera; and the hardware is markedly slimmer.
Pros: Great screen, Strong performance, Mayday tech support and other helpful software features
Cons: No Google Play access, $80 more expensive than its predecessor
Summary: Epic battery life combined with a stunning display, helpful parental controls and instant tech support make the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch an excellent tablet for families or new tablet owners. Amazon Prime members will especially love being able to access tons of content for free. The iPad Air offers a much broader selection of tablet apps and a faster A7 chip, but for the price the $379 HDX has a lot to offer.
Pros: Gorgeous high-res display, Built-in tech support, Epic battery life, Great parental controls, Huge library of content
Cons: Fewer apps than other Android tablets, Limited browser options, No microSD card slot
Conclusion: The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is undoubtedly the best tablet in Amazon's range, and arguably the best tablet the company has released to-date. The design may be on the sober side of discrete, rather than the more premium-feeling metal of some rivals, but it's a solid and slimline device nonetheless. What can't be understated is the quality of the exceptional display, setting a new benchmark for mobile devices. The limiting factor, then, is not the hardware but Amazon itself.