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 — ...
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
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
Excerpt: Since its launch two years ago , the Kindle Fire has developed a reputation as a budget tablet. The mostly plastic construction and the low price (Kindle Fire pricing starts at $139 for the cheapest 7-incher) give it the whiff of a second-tier device, especially compared to the iPad’s sleek aluminum body. Instead of competing on looks or design, the Kindle Fire has traditionally gone for utility.
Pros: Class-leading display. Great battery life; expect ten hours or more. Light enough to hold for an entire episode of Breaking Bad without fatigue. Video-chat customer support is helpful, easy. I recommend getting the cool, origami-esque accessory case.
Cons: Rear-camera is predictably lame. No Google Play access. Button position may flummox some, but I got used to them after a few days.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch): a high-end tablet at a mid-range price
7 November 2013
Conclusion: The latest Fire tablet has some top-of-the-line specs and nice software enhancements, but Amazon's closed-off ecosystem will continue to be a sore spot for shoppers who prefer regular Android.
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
Excerpt: Amazon’s third iteration of the Kindle Fire tablet offers a much sleeker design than its predecessors. Like the name suggests the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” has a 8.9 inch HD screen that boasts an impressive 339 ppi, on par with the Google’s Nexus 10. According to Amazon’s website, the HDX 8.9” also offers 100 percent color accuracy and reduced glare for better bright light viewing, which, according to Gizmodo, makes the Movie- and TV-watching experience “revelatory.
Pros: Excellent screen quality, 24/7 real-time tech support, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
Cons: Limited apps in the Amazon app marketplace, Does not run stock Android OS