Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review
9 May 2014
Summary: The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 may be an expensive tablet to use exclusively as an e-reader, but it may be appropriate for those looking to augment a high-percentage e-reading use case with the occasional email, browsing session or bout of Temple Run. It’s clear that the Kindle Fire series has not yet been optimized for Canadian audiences — most of Amazon’s best cloud features are unavailable outside of the US, and many popular Android apps and games are missing from the App...
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; this 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. But content issues are manifold, as users will have to go elsewhere — ...
Summary: I’ll end where I began. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sets squarely between the lower and higher end of the markets from the perspective of price and feature set. For my usage it lacks productivity possibility that I now expect from a Tablet. But as I said, for most I don’t think that matters. For Amazon I don’t think that should matter either. I understand that Amazon believes it needs to offer productivity possibilities in the competitive race it is in.
Excerpt: With so many tablets on the market, it’s tough to decide which one to choose, though at the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to personal preference, whether it’s due to the operating system, size or loyalty to a particular brand. However, when it comes to overall value, there may not be another tablet like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Coming in at only $379, this fantastic tablet comes in cheaper than the iPad Air but doesn’t hold back on quality.
Conclusion: Amazon’s tablets have always been known to be easy on the wallets, and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 follows suit by sporting a hard-to-beat starting price of $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. In comparison to the $500 base iPad Air , Amazon’s prodigy is hitting it hard the most where it needs to – in the minds of consumers who make value paramount to everything else. Quite frankly, the pricing is tough to beat when factoring the kind of specs it’s packing along for the ride.
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
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Is the iPad Air's Nemesis
5 January 2014
Excerpt: As we slide anxiously into the holiday buying season, it may be smart to start narrowing your gift-buying options. It’s true, there are many choices across of wide spectrum of gadgets. Even as you try to zero in on one category — say, tablets — the options can appear overwhelming. However, I’ll tell you a little secret.
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.
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
Summary: Amazon certainly improved its Kindle Fire tablets with the release of the Kindle Fire HDX, and in the case of the 8.9-inch version, it’s now able to offer an experience that can easily rival its competitors and even larger tablets. With that said, we feel the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 would be best in the hands of someone who doesn’t know their way around Android tablets, but wants the best of what’s currently available.
Summary: The Fire HDX is generally very good at what it sets out to do. If your primary interest in a Kindle is in using apps, playing games, watching movies, and reading, this really is an excellent tablet for the money. You're getting incredible hardware - I really cannot get over how light this thing is - at an incredible price. If you don't mind missing out on Google's apps and having a really crappy web browser, it's hard not to recommend the HDX.