Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE)

Summary

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is slightly larger and slightly faster than the 7-inch version, but other than optional LTE it doesn't bring much more to the table.

Pros
  • Bright and beautiful 1080p display
  • Great build quality
  • Huge selection of content
  • Inexpensive base data plan
Cons
  • Occasional OS stutters
  • No access to Google Play
Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE)

What a difference a generation makes. While the original Kindle Fire impressed, there was only one thing that really made it worth considering: it was cheap. Really cheap. But, when we got our hands on the 7-inch, 720p Kindle Fire HD a few months back we had an honest-to-gosh nice device -- that happened to be cheap. And what do we have here? Why, it's a slightly larger version of that very same tablet, but at a significantly higher cost. It's the Kindle Fire 8.9, a tick under two inches larger at the diagonal but with a starting price of $299 for 16GB, $100 more than the cheapest 7-inch Fire HD. It goes way up from there, though, with the 32GB LTE version we tested starting at a rather more dear $499. That's far beyond the threshold of cheap, but does it still make for good value? Join us as we find out.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Ease of use
7.4
Durability
8.0
Battery life
7.5
Portability (size / weight)
7.2
Display
7.8
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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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Specs

Kindle

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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