Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Review
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
Where Amazon failed miserably in making a dent in the smartphone market, they’re able to continue having a strong presence in the tablet space – thanks in part to the well-rounded performance of this year’s high-end model, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. No doubt, it’s vying for notoriety over other impressive rivals of late, such as the iPad Air 2 and the Google Nexus 9, but Amazon’s model certainly poses a threat.
Honestly, it’s a great performing tablet, one that has a stunning screen, snappy overall response, and long-lasting battery life. At the end of the day, however, it all boils down to whether or not you can tolerate the Fire OS 4 platform. For hardcore fans of Amazon, it’s a knock out hit for its rich ties to all of Amazon’s services, which has been enhanced thanks to new features like Firefly, but for everyone else, it still proves to be an experience that’s lacking in functionality.
For the causal fun stuff, like watching movies and reading books, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 bear all the hallmarks in making it a perfect tablet for the experience, but when it comes to pure productivity and trying to bridge that gap between tablets and laptops, it just doesn’t have enough of the goods to make it an exorbitantly superior product. Luckily, it’s pretty affordable at $379, undercutting many of its main rivals, but we wouldn’t necessarily say it’s enough to separate it from the wholesome goodness from the $399 priced Google Nexus 9.
Software version of the review unit: Fire OS 4.5.1