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85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

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

Pros
  • Great screen
  • Long battery life
  • Lots of welcome enhancements to Fire OS
Cons
  • No Google Play access
  • Starting price includes Special Offers
  • No video-out port
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Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

90
parks1348
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
FrostByte
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
jethoman
I was really wanting a tablet was my grad school class. I had bought my textbook...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score

Design and form factor

79
 

Features

80
 

Durability

80
 

Ease of use

80
 

Storage capacity

67
 

Battery life

78
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Display

96
 
Product Review
SlashGear
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
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.
Product Review
Engadget
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
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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Mashable
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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Gizmodo
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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Android Community
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.
Product Review
PC Mag
HD movies and games looked great and played smoothly thanks to the fast processor. The tablets no longer feel thick or cheap.
 
80
CNET
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.