74

Offers more screen space, but little else

74

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.

Critic reviews

7.6
10 reviews
  • Features
    7.8
  • Display
    7.8
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Storage capacity
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.3
  • Durability
    8.0

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User reviews

9.0
3 reviews
  • Features
    8.0
  • Display
    9.3
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Ease of use
    8.7
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    9.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7
  • Durability
    10
7.0
Engadget Nov 19, 2012

Those who need just a bit more workspace, or who can't stand to ever be offline from any location, might want to consider the 8.9. Meanwhile, 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.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 19, 2012

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 the Amazon app store and Fire UI are robust enough to support the tools users may want from a tablet at this price.

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8.0
CNET Nov 19, 2012

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, will want to look elsewhere.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 21, 2012

The 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the top low-cost large-screen tablet you can buy, but to get the best bang for your buck, go for the Wi-Fi-only version.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 21, 2012

It's not that the 8.9-inch Fire HD isn't a bargain. It is. But at $300, you're halfway from a $200 7-inch tablet to the $400 Jellybean 4.2 Nexus 10. And if you're looking for a full sized tablet that can multitask and run any Androidy thing you want, that's probably a better deal for you.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 13, 2013

We like the Kindle Fire HD, but we still think it sits in the shadow of the better, more flexible tablets out there, but it's hard to argue with the price.

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8.0
T3 Mar 13, 2013

This probably isn't the best tablet in the world, but it's certainly the best Kindle yet. The 7-inch version may have its compact form factor on its side but the new model is far zippier.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Mar 30, 2013

Like the 7-inch version, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offers great value for money. There’s a lot of quality hardware on offer here at a reasonable price, with the high-resolution screen being a stand-out feature.

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6.0
Digital Versus Mar 21, 2013

The user interface, while sleek, doesn't offer everything Android has to offer and gaming is hindered by low graphics capabilities... But the high resolution does make the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 an excellent device for e-reading (especially comic books!) and web browsing, at a relatively low price.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Apr 12, 2013

Great hardware for the money, and a great range of content to buy, but Amazon’s take on Android still feels comparatively inflexible.

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