Reviews Amazon Kindle Fire HD (8.9-inch)
6.3
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RCT SCORE 6.3 / 10

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Amazon's bid for an iPad killer is a bulked-up version of its 7-inch Fire HD tablet. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD comes in at $299 and offers a 1920 x 1200 HD display, Dolby audio speakers, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a dual-band Wi-Fi antenna.

In most respects, it is simply a larger version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, but there are some exceptions (aside from the larger, higher-res display). For starters, you'll get the option for 4G wireless broadband on the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. There's also an option for a 64GB model (the 7-inch tops off at 32GB). There's a slightly lower battery life on the larger Fire HD (10 hours vs. the 7-inch's 11).

Much like the 7-inch model, reviewers argued that this tablet is principally geared toward Amazon consumers - Kindle book readers, Amazon Prime video streamers, and any customer that's not interested in exploring the much larger universe of apps available on Apple or Android-based tablets. This is either very limiting, or very liberating, depending on your love of Amazon content.

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The Best Kindle Yet
If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however,...
CNET.com
 
It's Not a Work Horse Tablet
If you're a more serious tablet user who wants access to the full power of the Android operating system, the decision is still simple: go with something else.
Engadget.com
 
Only Good for Specific Users
Can I unequivocally recommend this Fire to the average user? I would say no. A tablet of this size and style has a very specific space in the pantheon of tablets, and I don't believe...
TechCrunch.com
 
Not the Best Tablet Around
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 continues to lack what are often considered standard inclusions for a tablet.
TechHive.com
 
Amazon Works Backwards
The Kindle Fire HD is a very, very good tablet for people with a preference for Amazon content. It offers the best experience for Kindle books and Amazon movies and has an interface...
The Next Web.com
 
Decent Tablet But it Crashed A Lot
Amazon's 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD features a gorgeous full HD display, powerful speakers, and all-day battery life for an affordable price, but it can be glitchy.
Laptop Mag.com
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