Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

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Price: $229

A huge 8.9" 1080p high definition display takes entertainment to another level. Its price point and size makes this Kindle Fire the best value of any color tablet.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Review

With so many new tablet choices out there such as the iPad, Surface, Nexus, etc. why should you consider the Kindle Fire 8.9 for your money? Well, let’s take a look shall we?

First of all, the Fire HD 8.9 looks sleek and well built, a step up in design from last year’s model. It is also very sturdy with some definitive weight to it at 20 ounces. And at the price of only $229 there is no doubt that you are getting an incredible value for a 9 inch tabelt with 1080p high definition display. Our review below details some of the features of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but if you prefer, you can check it out for yourself on Amazon by clicking the button below.

UPDATE: Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has been replaced with Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

Features

  Huge 8.9″ 1080p High Definition Display

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 was designed to directly compete with Apple’s retina display-enabled iPads. And not only as Kindle succeeded in creating a fantastic tablet with 1080p high definition display, but they have created an affordable HD tablet, costing less than half the price of an iPad! Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ now has a pixel density of 254ppi along with great color reproduction, viewing angles, and brightness. The blacks are deep and the colors pop as it should! No longer does the retina display enabled iPad have any advantage over the Kindle.

  Amazing Sound

The Kindle Fire’s dual speakers are absolutely amazing! As you are watching your movies on your Kindle, sometimes you forget that you are using tablet speakers. The Dolby Software deserves some praise here as well as I definitely believe they enhance these amazing speakers and enrich the experience.

  16GB, 32GB, or 64GB Memory Options

Are you worried that you may not have enough memory to store all your music, pictures, games, and content on your Kindle Fire? Well, don’t worry! The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has options for 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB (available on 4G version) of memory, which means you will have plenty of room. People sometimes fail to realize just how big a GB is; 1GB can typically store 200 songs. So, for the average person 16GB will be more than enough memory.

If you plan to use your Kindle to store thousands of songs and videos there are 32GB and 64GB options. But to make your life easy, your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also includes free Amazon Cloud storage for media purchased from their store. This is great because you can access your movies from Xbox, Roku, or Google TV devices, as well as your Kindle Fire.

  Great Battery Life

The battery life is quite amazing for a tablet with this large of high definition screen, providing you with 10 hours continual use.

  Improved Browser & Operating System

The newest version of Amazon Silk works well on this device and offers faster page loads than previous versions. But one of the first things that I did was to switch the default search to Google. It’s a personal thing, easy to do, and it allows me to search just as I would on my Windows PC and on my MacBook Pro. It’s fast, easy, familiar and far less hassle that way. Luckily the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 makes it easy to do by simply changing the browser settings in the menu.

There is Facebook integration as well, and you can import your photos from Facebook to your Amazon Cloud Drive and view them there, along with any other photos you may already have placed in your Cloud Drive. But a word of caution here: if importing your images directly from Facebook be careful to select which photos you want to import, otherwise you may end up importing them all like I did by mistake. Just be aware of this before you start. Like the first generation Fire, the HD 8.9″ has a customized Android operating system. For the new Fire, Amazon uses the Mojito operating system based on Android 4.2.

  Easy To Use & Intuitive

Set-up is extremely easy. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 arrives personalized and pre-registered, so as soon as you turn on the device, it immediately walks you through set-up, finds your router/WiFi, and downloads your books and apps. The most time-consuming part of set-up was downloading the latest software. The user interface also includes a recommendation engine on the home screen, to find similar material. You can also turn this feature off. My device has offers on it, and I don’t really find it obtrusive because the offers only appear on the lock screen.

The user interface is very intuitive. Web browsing is fast, and I like the “Reading View” feature, which removes unnecessary images or information on a Web site and lets you read or see what you want to see. I also like the “Trending Now” feature, which alerts you to Web sites that have a high amount of traffic. X-Ray technology also allows you to do a “deeper dive” and to find out more about actors, a scene in a movie or book, etc.

  Movies, TV Shows, Games, and Books Galore

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, then the HD 8.9″ is a perfectly designed media consumption device. With access to literally thousands of free movies, television shows, and even books, the Kindle works hard at keeping you easily connected to all of Amazon’s content. Of course, if you want to buy something, the Kindle also works hard at making it easy for you to make purchases.

The Amazon Appstore offers thousands of the most popular apps available, but not quite as many of the lesser known apps which the Google Play store and iTunes may carry. Also, text inputting is fine for e-mail or other simple Web applications, but until Amazon or some third party developers come out with a free-standing keyboard, I wouldn’t attempt to write a doctoral dissertation or the Great American Novel on this device. E-mail set up for numerous accounts is easy, and this version of the Fire also integrates with Microsoft Outlook Exchange.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review Summary

Conclusion Rating
Display
5 stars
Battery Life
5 stars
Storage
4 stars
Price
5 stars

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