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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review
Battery life isn’t a concern with this one, since we’re able to get by nearly two whole days with our normal usage with Wi-Fi only connectivity. Needless to say, that’s pretty impressive considering the high-res screen it’s packing along, but then again, we’re certain that 4G LTE connectivity will deliver results that are substantially lower.


For a brand spanking new tablet, much like its smaller sized sibling, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is graced with an inviting $300 starting price point (up to $600 for the highest model; the 64GB version). If you can somehow tolerate the Amazon centered experience of this tablet, then you’ll surely find plenty of value with it – even more when it impresses with its high-resolution display.

However, one must not forget about the myriad of competition out there, such as other newcomers like the Nexus 10 or iPad mini. To be perfectly honest, we’d spend the extra money to pick up the $400 Nexus 10, seeing that it’s packing the more impressive hardware and full Android experience. At the same time, we can’t forget about some of the other aging Android tablets out there, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which can be picked up for close, or even less than the price of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

Overall, it’s nice that Amazon is providing consumers with choice, but simply at stake is the size difference – and that’s all! When all of the Kindle Fire HD tablets are offering the same software experience, the only decision you’ll need to make is what size you prefer. Is this hot-hot? Well, it’s not burning per se, but rather, it sizzles most with its heavy Amazon services integration and its good value.

Software version of the review unit: 8.1.3_user_1312220

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review


  • Even sharper looking display
  • Great battery life
  • Modest & sturdy design


  • Lacks the depth of functionality and the Play Store of full Android
  • Some sluggish performance
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posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:19 4

1. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I guess I can live with an 8 for rating. However, I give it a 9.5 and a 10. 9.5 just for the sheer value of the product. The extra .5 goes for the benefits. My wife loves this thing. And if she's happy, I'm happy. Because if she ain't happy, I get nothin'.

John B.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:23 1

2. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


posted on 10 Dec 2012, 23:21

4. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Dwayne "THE ROCK" Johnson would say - "It doesn't matter if you're happy!!!"

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:01 1

3. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

i really wish that john v will make all the review and video review!!! its fun and with real review and comparison!!!

thew reviewers that i like--john V or phonearenena and lisa of mobiletechreview!

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 12:46

5. JJ111985 (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

I picked up a Kindle Fire HD recently and I'm really loving it. The versatility and user friendliness that it offers is great. Here the ones I have on Amazon amzn.to/UBAU84. If you're looking for a tablet you should check it out.

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Display8.9 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (254 ppi) IPS LCD
TI OMAP4470, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches
(240 x 164 x 8.8 mm)
20 oz  (567 g)

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