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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Est. $380 and up
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Pros
  • Attractive HD display
  • Great battery life
  • Lots of "free" content for Amazon Prime subscribers
Cons
  • Must pay to remove ads on lock screen
  • Mediocre performance
  • Limited app selection
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Bottom line

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (Est. $270 and up) delivers a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you're already invested in the Amazon ecosystem. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 doesn't pretend to be designed for advanced tablet users, as it lacks quad-core processing power. However, reviewers say that if you're looking for a great media consumption experience, the Fire HD 8.9 delivers a high-quality screen and sound experience for a reasonable price.

Performance

Good, but not great. Reviewers are wowed by the Kindle Fire HD's 8.9 (Est. $380 and up) display and sound, but its dual-core CPU sometimes feels sluggish, especially compared to the Google Nexus 7's (Est. $230 and up) beefy quad-core processor. However, experts love the all-day battery life. The Fire HD 8.9's screen resolution is excellent, particularly for text, and 1080p videos "look fantastic." The 4G version of the Fire HD 8.9 is the same as the Wi-Fi one, but has a fast cellular connection. The reviewer at CNET states that for tablet speakers, there are "currently none better" than those of the Fire HD 8.9, though there is a lack of the bass sound.

Features

Is there an app for that? The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 draws rave reviews for its larger screen display, which shows the Kindle interface to better advantage for even better media consumption. However, the curated App store means many users don't have access to many games and non-entertainment apps, though the superb parental control features allow you to control which apps and websites your kids visit. Advertisements on the lock screen cost $15 to remove, and there's only a single front camera on the Fire HD 8.9. Although there's a lack of the connectivity options found on other tablets this size, the good news is that there's a standard micro-USB socket, rather than a proprietary one, that you can use for charging your device.

Ease of use

Mostly positive. The Kindle Fire HD's heavily modified Android interface is a snap to navigate, although the processor's occasional sluggishness tempers reviewer enthusiasm. Not so much ease of use but style, the Fire HD 8.9 is "quirky rather than elegant" according to one reviewer, but with better styling than the Kindle Fire HD 7 (Est. $200 and up) . The Fire HD 8.9 is quite heavy, but the body of the tablet feels dense and strong. Reviewers say that Amazon's Kindle interface is easy to use but involves a learning curve for those who are used to a more standard Android interface.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

Using words like "zippier," "beautiful high-definition," "best media eco-systems" and "fantastic deal," Franklin says the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the best one yet. It's great for media consumption, and the screen display shows the interface to much better advantage than the Fire HD 7.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review: The Best Kindle Fire Yet, Eric Franklin, March 13, 2013

2. Engadget.com

Tim Stevens gives a somewhat confusing review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet. He says that it's difficult to compare with the 10-inch tablets, so he has to look at it in regards to its 7-inch sibling -- and the extra cost of the Fire HD 8.9 isn't worth the slightly better performance, slightly bigger size and cellular connectivity.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE), Tim Stevens, Nov. 19, 2012

3. PCMag.com

Sascha Segan calls the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 a "killer budget media tablet," that's really easy to use and has impressive parental controls. The best value is in the Wi-Fi model and, although the Fire HD doesn't have as many apps as Android tablets and the iPad, it does have more than the Barnes and Noble Nook.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (AT&T), Sascha Segan, Nov. 21, 2012

4. Pocket-lint.com

This review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 pretty much echoes the one for the HD 7 model, stating that if you're a fan of Kindle or of Amazon, then this is a good buy. The speakers of the Fire HD 8.9 offer "really impressive performance" as does the dual Wi-Fi antenna.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review, Chris Hall, March 13, 2013

5. Laptop Magazine

With "a gorgeous full HD display, powerful speakers, and all-day battery life for an affordable price," Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 hits most of the right notes in this review. However, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 occasionally froze and crashed and was "glitchier" that the Kindle Fire HD 7 model tested.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Inch Review, Michael A. Prospero, Nov. 20, 2012

6. The Verge

David Peirce recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for movie watchers over its smaller sibling, the Fire HD 7, which is better suited for those who read e-books. He says that neither tablet is as good as the iPad mini or the Google Nexus 7, mainly because of the lack of apps. However, if you already use Amazon Prime, the Fire HD 8.9 makes a great set-top box for your TV as well.

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review, David Pierce, Nov. 21, 2012

7. TrustedReviews.com

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 "makes a lot of sense" for people already immersed in the Amazon ecosystem. Its high-quality screen and low-cost make it a great buy for those who watch a lot of movies.

Review: Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review, Andrew Williams, March 30, 3013

8. Amazon.com

More than 16,000 user-reviewers at Amazon.com share their experiences using the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet, giving an average of 4.2 stars out of 5. Some reviewers who have a history with Apple products prefer the Kindle Fire HD to their iPads. Even people giving lower ratings to the Fire HD like its design and size; the lower marks are primarily for the software.

Review: Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013

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