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Amazon steps up its game

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Amazon's latest Kindle Fire brings a lot of welcome upgrades and is sure to be a big seller this holiday season.

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  • Battery life
    7.9
  • Ease of use
    8.1
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    6.9
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    7.8
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    8.0
  • Durability
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    9.2
  • Display
    9.6
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Storage capacity
    8.8
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    9.6
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9.0
Engadget Oct 2, 2013

If you're searching for that perfect starter tablet for a loved one, the HDX is a compelling proposition with plenty of user-friendly features and specs that match the Nexus 7 blow for blow.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 2, 2013

It combines reading, watching and customer support into a package about as thin as a Reader’s Digest. Is it a great general-purpose tablet? No. But if you use it as directed, you’re going to be very pleased.

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9.0
Ars Technica Oct 12, 2013

The Amazon Kindle HDX is a powerful, capable device with one of the best displays we’ve ever seen. Amazon has produced a top-tier device whose only condition is adoption of its services. If you’re a longtime Amazon Video and MP3 customer, that's great news.

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8.0
CNET Oct 1, 2013

Armed with a powerful processor and Amazon's exhaustive content library, the Kindle Fire HDX delivers incredible value for its price, especially for Amazon Prime members.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 2, 2013

Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is the simplest high-quality small-screen tablet you can buy, and ease of use doesn't come at the cost of performance.

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8.0
GigaOM Oct 2, 2013

I am actively and seriously considering making the ... Kindle Fire HDX as my auxiliary tablet and ebook reader. Yes, it is not cheap, but given how much of my life resides on Amazon’s servers ... and how often I order stuff for my home from Amazon, it will be a worthwhile investment.

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8.0
AllThingsD Oct 8, 2013

If you mainly want a tablet for consuming content and regularly use Amazon content, the new Kindle Fire HDX is a good deal.

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8.0
Wired Oct 5, 2013

...if you’re more concerned with reading e-books, listening to music, watching videos, and buying large variety packs of chips than pure versions of Android, the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX is the best bang for your buck in the seven-inch tablet world.

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9.0
TechHive Oct 2, 2013

Offering winning "second-screen" content features and real-time video tech support, Amazon delivers a beautifully designed tablet that climbs to the top of the 7-inch heap.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 2, 2013

It’s fast, portable, and well constructed, and if you’ve bought into the Amazon ecosystem – or are looking for a one-stop-shop in which to set up your digital life, that isn’t Apple – then the Kindle Fire HDX makes a compelling argument to be that shopfront.

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8.0
Time Oct 2, 2013

If you buy into the basic proposition that Amazon is offering, I think you’ll like the Kindle Fire HDX. And stay tuned: The Fire OS 3.1 update, with TV connectivity and other features, should make the HDX feel like a new tablet all over again just a few weeks after its launch.

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8.0
Mashable Oct 2, 2013

While I think the Kindle Fire HDX screen blows away the iPad for sharpness, color depth and even lack of glare, the size difference between the mini and HDX’s screen is noticeable ... it is hard to beat the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX for price, performance and expertly integrated ecosystem.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 12, 2013

If you're after a good quality tablet that performs well, with a great display, plenty of power, at a good price and you're more interested Amazon's content than having the latest apps, then the Kindle Fire HDX may well make you very happy.

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8.0
T3 Nov 14, 2013

If ... you want the simple life and you want a true media player that will give you an almost inexhaustible supply of books, music and video then the Kindle is the tablet for you.

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8.0
Digital Versus Dec 5, 2013

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a good-quality tablet, offering great performances, smooth and speedy operation, plus one of the best displays in the current mobile device market. However, it's held back by the restrictive OS that puts Amazon and its various services at the heart of the device.

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8.0
IT Pro Portal Oct 4, 2013

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7in is a high quality compact tablet offering that is very user friendly indeed. It's a terrific choice for anyone intimidated by today's complex technologies, as long as you're willing to make Amazon's stores your first stop in any of your app or media endeavours.

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7.0
USA Today Oct 2, 2013

Amazon now claims more than 80,000 third-party apps in its app store, but that's a fraction compared with what Android and iOS have available.That's one of the reasons why it's still hard to declare the Kindle Fire HDX as the best tablet at any price. But I like it a lot.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 25, 2013

The body of the tablet matches up with a number of those leaks we've seen trickling out over the past couple of weeks. It's a more angular thing, trading last year's rounded edges for slanting slopes on the rear. The speakers have been moved from the center to the top of the devices.

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CNET Sep 24, 2013

Amazon appears to be firing -- pun intended -- on all cylinders with its new devices. The prices are low, the specs are high-end, and the feature set is incredibly ambitious, especially Mayday and Second screen.

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Gizmodo Sep 25, 2013

The Fire HDX is absolutely a top tier piece of hardware. But the software isn't quite what a lot of people are used to with mobile devices. It's content-first, as Amazon calls it, but also less efficient in some regards.

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PC Mag Sep 25, 2013

HD movies and games looked great and played smoothly thanks to the fast processor. The tablets no longer feel thick or cheap.

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SlashGear Sep 24, 2013

If the first-gen Kindle Fire was about providing a cheap, portable window onto the Amazon ecosystem, and the second-gen models simply refined that experience to better compete ... the third-gen Kindle Fire HDX finally feel like interesting devices in their own right.

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TechHive Sep 24, 2013

Both of the HDX models use the new quad-core Snapdragon 800 mobile CPU, running at 2.2GHz. Amazon says that the new Fires’ overall performance is three times faster than that of the previous-generation hardware.

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Mashable Sep 25, 2013

Amazon has once again redesigned the tablet's magnesium bodies, although they remain black. Both Fire HDX devices feature sharper edges and noticeable chamfers (or bezels) that actually change in size as you move along the base of the tablets, giving them both an edgier, more futuristic look.

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Mashable Sep 25, 2013

Zippy processors and graphics don’t always translate into gizmos that feel faster than theoretically more sluggish ones. But in my limited time with the 7″ HDX, it did seem to be a rocket: On-screen scrolling was super-responsive, and a racing game achieved console-like detail and fluidity.

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TrustedReviews Nov 14, 2013

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX makes the necessary upgrades in the screen and the power department to keep up with the Nexus 7 2 and early signs suggest this could be the best Kindle Fire tablet yet. Our only doubt, as with previous versions, is whether it has the app library to compete.

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Android Community Sep 25, 2013

The first thing you notice is the step up in build quality. Amazon ditched the separate internal midframe it had used in previous models, and instead switched to a cast magnesium alloy unibody that allows the slates to be not only thinner and lighter, but feel more premium too.

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9.0
jethoman jethoman

I was really wanting a tablet was my grad school class. I had bought my textbook from the Amazon eTextbook store, but didn't have the money to throw at an iPad or large Android device. I also wasn't sure if I really needed all the function of an iPad either. I was not crazy about the idea of...

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mackvet mackvet

At 71 and computer savvy I am not intimidated by the electronic field. I have looked at tablets for the past couple years trying to justify why I would need a tablet. I have been using Amazons Kindle reader for the past four years which is an amazing product from Amazon. My grandson who...

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