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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch

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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

100
Geo3
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
sbyrnes
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
gdgtgnat
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
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.
 
80
TechCrunch
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
PC Mag
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.
 
70
Gizmodo
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.
 
80
T3
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.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
60
Digital Versus
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.
 
80
TrustedReviews
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.
 
80
Expert Reviews
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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