Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Amazons latest tablet device, continues to threaten Apple's dominance with its super fast performance, a sharp screen, as well as Amazon's own expansive content library. Though the lack of Google Play means that app availability is pretty limited thus far, the Kindle Fire HDX represents extraordinarily good value, especially if apps are not that big of a priority for you.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has been redesigned to be less bulky, and now feels light and comfortable in the hand. This tablet is the lightest larger-size tablet on the market, making it easy to finish books without any lingering soreness.
An 8-megapixel back-facing camera joins the front-facing camera found on previous models, the micro-USB port is still there, however the micro-HDMI port has been removed in favor of the new video fling feature which allows content to be wirelessly sent to a TV or game console. One downside, however, is that this feature is not yet available, pending a future update. Another interesting new feature is Mayday, a customer service feature that quickly brings up a video feed with a real live Amazon rep, representing a totally new direction in the way customer service is handled.
In terms of performance, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 receives a new 2.2 GHz quad core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, ensuring snappy, satisfying performance. While the latest operating system plays a part, the software updates are minimal enough so most of the credit can go to the new processor.
Overall, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is extremely affordable for the performance it provides, at a base price of $379. The smaller 7-inch version starts at $229, as does the previous model Fire HD 8.9. It's definitely recommended to spend a little more to get the versions without "special offers" as ads disrupt the user experience. Overall, the combination of quality, performance, and value presented by this tablet is extremely hard to beat.