The more tablets that I review the more I continue to be impressed with Amazon and their Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets, first of all they offer an incredibly high performance tablet at a price point that literally is almost untouchable by other companies for the same quality of product and they also happen to make a fairly excellent product at that. Both of my kids own Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablets but the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet is what I want to replace my aging iPad 2 with.
The resolution is incredible, at 2560×1600 for an 8.9″ tablet you are getting over 4 million pixels and a 339 ppi which is 30% more pixels than the iPad Air 2 retina display. It is also 13.2 ounces making it lighter than the iPad Air 2 as well.
The 2GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU means there isn’t a game made for Android that won’t run on this amazingly powerful tablet right now, and Kindle Fire HDX is one of the few tablets with Hearthstone support if you are a big time Hearthstone fan. Audio on any tablet is really moot with the Bluetooth speakers being so common, but the the Kindle Fire HDX doesn’t’ skimp on speakers and Dolby Atmos support.
Whereas other tablets you have to use SD Cards to store media, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX gives you unlimited cloud storage space for your media files meaning you only really need to use that internal storage for apps and games as well. With Amazon Prime the Kindle Fire HDX can also buffer Amazon Prime movies for offline watching which is something you can’t do with Amazon Prime or any other movie streaming service other than purchasing movies on iTunes or Amazon and watching them offline.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 also supports 802.11ac Wireless which mean s you can now get > 600Mbps Wi-Fi speeds when you pair with a Wireless AC router like the incredible Netgear Nighthawk X8000 which I have. The full 720p front facing camera for Skype calls is much needed in tablets and the 8mp rear camera is no slouch either.
The much needed Family Library now exists, which means my 1 Amazon Prime account can be shared to my kid’s tablets so that they can use my tablet to watch Prime movies, get free Audio books and more. This is thanks to the Fire OS 4 (Sangria) and is a feature I really want to test out. The Kindle Fire 8.9 also claims 12 hours of mixed use, compared to the 11 hours of mixed use of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 or the 8 hours of the Kindle Fire HD 7.
For users who need a little more help, the Mayday button is probably the most brilliant feature of Amazon which puts you in live contact with support who can see your device (but not you) and even help show you want to do and how to use it. The Amazon Android App store while having a fraction of the amount of apps as Google Play has a better app content filter so you tend to have only the higher quality apps in the store, you also can still just install any APK file by tweaking your settings without having to even root the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and we have an article on how to install and get APK files for your Kindle Fire HDX here: https://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-find-android-apk-files-for-kindle-fire/
Note, if you look at the storage options, Amazon is very much up front about your actual available storage, so the 16GB model only gives you 9.9GB of free storage, which means my recommendation is not to get less than 32GB of storage for any tablet honestly.
- 16 GB (9.9 GB available to user)
- 32 GB (24.3 GB available to user)
- 64 GB (52.9 GB available to user) of internal storage
I can’t wait to start doing reviews, app reviews and game reviews on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and I expect to be getting one as my primary tablet sometime in 2015 once budget allows.