The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX are both amazing devices that offer the best of Amazon. They have sharp HD display and the content look amazing on it (ie., games or streamed content), and for those who prefer more power (Quad-core 2.2 GHz vs Dual-core 1.5 GHz), extra pixels (2560 x 1600/339 ppi vs 1920 x 1200/254 ppi) and longer battery life (approximately 2 hours), then for $100 more, the "X" is a great choice.
Many users love the Kindle Fire HD (16GB or 32GB with Wi-Fi; 32GB or 64GB with 4G LTE Wireless) because it's $100 less (which can be spent on accessories like a great case, extra set of speakers or headphones), has very sharp display, lovely to hold due to its soft curves, and the stereo speaker performance is incredible! Whether you're gifting this, receiving it or both, the result is impressive. A lot of users feel that the Kindle Fire HD supercedes the iPad as an entertainment tablet (Kindle eBook readers and LCD device with wider content choices). It's an Android-based tablet, but it's the Amazon angle that makes this very attractive, because Amazon's top quality services are embedded in the Kindle.
A lot of users who experienced both the Kindle and the iPad can't go back to the iPad, because the Kindle downloads faster (much more smooth without breaks, dropped connections, lags or pauses), and colors and resolutions are more vibrant on the Kindle. Go ahead and watch TV shows, movies, videos via Flixster, Hulu, Netflix or Youtube on web browser and you'll be very pleased at how beautiful, clear, crisp and vivid it all looks. Movies, shows and videos will use the whole screen, thus display larger on the Kindle (iPad displays smaller). The audio sound quality is amazing, and sounds as close as you can get to a top tier home theater system! It offers a wonderful reading experience (another reason why iPad users can't go back to the iPad - no more having to carry both a Kindle and an iPad). It's durable, looks and feels very comfortable to hold (only 20 ounces), as it's elegant, sleek, stylish, and thin.
For those who love taking pictures, both the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX have front cameras, and the HDX 8.9 has a rear 8-megapixel camera. What's so spectacular about the Kindle is its capability of being so well connected and a variety of awesome features, such as Whispersync (makes is very easy to switch back and forth, synchronizes the bookmarks and furthest page read among devices registered to the same account; whispersync ensures a seamless reading experience for a book read across multiple Kindle devices).
Considering the hardware specs, advanced features, excellent attention to internet, media and reading, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is a must-have tablet. At a reasonable price of only $269, it allows you to save money, so you can splurge on other accessories such as smartphone, headphones, or protective case.
- High resolution, large HD display. Designed for entertainment — perfect for web, apps, movies, games, and magazines
- Large 8.9" display, with rich color and deep contrast; ideal for movies, apps, and gaming
- Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound
- Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks
- Instant access to over 100,000 apps and games in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
- Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
- Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls
- Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more
- Prime members enjoy exclusive digital benefits. Learn more
- New Kindle Fire owners in the U.S. get 500 Amazon Coins (a $5 value) to spend on Kindle Fire apps and games.