With so many tablets on the market, it’s tough to decide which one to choose, though at the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to personal preference, whether it’s due to the operating system, size or loyalty to a particular brand.
Coming in at only $379, this fantastic tablet comes in cheaper than the iPad Air but doesn’t hold back on quality. You’ll find an 8-megapixel rear camera, than can take some nice looking shots both indoor and outdoor, while the front-facing camera is no push-over either.
The screen also boasts a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, with colors that pop and plenty of brightness, even in well-lit areas. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 comes with a pretty zippy 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, gyroscope and accelerometer, and an Adreno 330 GPU.
The tablet’s speakers weren’t too shabby either, though since they’re on the back of the device, the clarity can get lost a little bit, but volume at least makes up for it somewhat. The Amazon ecosystem is of course its strongpoint, with a ton of books, videos and more available. There are also plenty of apps in the marketplace, though it’s probably the one area where it’s obviously behind, when compared to a typical Android tablet or an iPad. Sure you’ll find stuff like Twitter, Facebook, Netflix and Hulu, but without there are still quite a few omissions, and I found that sometimes, apps can be a little finicky – more so than on other platforms.
Users will also get a chance to check out the cool Mayday button that brings up a live Amazon rep at no extra charge and with the quickness. It’s a great way to get assistance from a customer service rep, without having to call anyone or send out an email.
I also liked that the HDX 8.9 is quite light, at only 0.82 pounds, yet it doesn’t feel cheap by any means. The power button and volume rocker is also found on the back, which keeps the front of the tablet nice and clean. You’ll also find a micro-USB port on the left hand side, as well as a jack for headphones.
Web browsing was also a pleasant experience, as the Silk browser is a full-fledged browser and not an app, with fast page loading and easy to use.
At the end of the day, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a fine tablet that doesn’t break the bank but gets enough right that makes it the best option on the market in its price. There’s also the 7-inch version, priced considerably lower at $229, so whether you want something a little more portable or a larger tablet, the HDX 8.9 should be given high consideration for your next tab.
Final Score: 4 out of 5