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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch

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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.

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

The latest Fire tablet has some top-of-the-line specs and nice software enhancements, but Amazon's closed-off ecosystem will continue to be a sore spot for shoppers who prefer regular Android.

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Pros
  • Great screen
  • Strong performance
  • Mayday tech support and other helpful software features
Cons
  • No Google Play access
  • $80 more expensive than its predecessor
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.

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

85
 

User Reviews

90
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
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
The 8.9-inch version will run you $379, and sports a 2560-by-1600, 339 ppi display. The new screens are easier to read in harsh sunlight thanks to brighter displays, as well as a new dynamic contrast control that kicks in to increase the brightness of shadow areas in onscreen images.
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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
Gone is the subtle curvature of last year's models in favor of a much more angular backside that maintains a clear space between the speakers and your coffee table when laid down flat. At 0.82 pound, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the lightest large-screen tablet I've yet heard of.
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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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PC Mag
It's not trying to build all-purpose laptop PCs like Apple is with the iPad, or to focus on productivity like Samsung is. These are tablets to kick back with and read, watch or play.
 
90
CNET
With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
Epic battery life combined with a stunning display, helpful parental controls and instant tech support make the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch an excellent tablet for families or new tablet owners. Amazon Prime members will especially love being able to access tons of content for free.
 
80
Engadget
The Fire line just keeps getting better ... The screen is great; processing power has been bumped up considerably; there's finally a rear-facing camera; and the hardware is markedly slimmer ... That said, the limitations of Fire OS versus regular Android will almost certainly continue to dissuade some...
 
90
Gizmodo
It has a great screen, a good processor; it's light as a feather, it's a pleasure to hold. This is a good tablet and worth its price tag. But there are almost certainly better deals on the horizon.

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