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8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD Review

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The 8.9 inch version of the Kindle Fire HD was only released to the market on the 15th of November (original release date was Nov 20th), well more than a month after the release of its 7″ counterpart. Here’s the HOT and COLD on the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD.

This is the review on the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD. The review on the 7″ Kindle Fire HD is here

First things first, there are 2 types of 8.9 inch models

  1. The Wi Fi only model
  2. The Wi Fi + 3G/4G LTE model
    • SUPER HOT single payment of $49.99 gives 12 months of 4G LTE EXPIRED

8.9 inch Kindle Fire Hot specsThe HOT, the Red HOT Chilli Pepper HOT!

These are the really HOT specs of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD tablet that should be given serious thought when making a purchasing decision. Consider the minor HOT specs as bonuses; your decision on whether to go with a Kindle, iPad or other tablet should not be based solely on the minor HOT specs.

  1. Price tag starting at $269: For a 9″ tablet, that’s an amazing price. The list prices of comparable tablet computers in the same size range such as the New Apple iPad ($499 for basic version), ASUS TF700T-B1-GR Tablet ($499), Google Nexus 10 ($399) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 ($349) are more expensive.
  2. Deal sealer: The icing on the cake, especially if you want the cellular data/3G/4G LTE is the irresistible offer from Amazon for a full year of 4G LTE for just $49.99. Yes, that’s a one-time payment of $49.99 for 12 months of 4G LTE (this deal is now expired as of August 31st 2013). Imagine how much you will save over the years on data plans for your tablet computer! This is huge and nobody else is currently offering this kind of 4G LTE package. That is nearly $500 in savings in total compared to buying an iPad (32GB iPad is $729 + comparable 4G LTE plan will cost ~$200). Don’t take our word for it, check out this side by side comparison table by the professionals (hm… well… we’re professionals too, but we can’t compete with their expertise :roll: )
    4G LTE for 12 months is $49.99 for 8.9 inch Kindle Fire

    This deal is now expired. Different 4G LTE rates apply now.

  3. HD display: That’s a 1080p 1920×1200 resolution with 254 PPI (pixels per inch). The result? Beautiful picture quality of movies, TV shows, video games etc. where individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye. Even the highly regarded Retina display of the iPad 4 has 264 PPI. That is not a considerable difference and according to experts, the human eye cannot even recognize that minor difference. Compare it to the resolution on digital cameras. When they came out 10 years ago, resolution was a big deal. A difference of 1MP and 2MP meant a big difference in picture quality. But today, at 8MP vs 12MP, there is not much of a difference in picture quality unless you wanted to enlarge the photos in to giant billboard sized photographs. Similarly, the 254 ppi vs 264 ppi resolution on the KFHD and iPad 4 won’t necessarily make an impact to the picture quality that a human eye can appreciate.
  4. Ultra-fast Wi Fi: Dual band (supports 2.4 and 5GHz), Dual antenna, MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) with speeds of up to 31 Mbps (mega bytes per second). According to Amazon, Wi Fi speeds on the Kindle Fire HD are 43% faster than Wi Fi speeds on the iPad.
  5. The Amazon content ecosystem: The worlds most powerful electronic device would be worthless without the right content to fuel it! We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again because it’s really that important. The Kindle Fire HD is not the first tablet computer that was introduced with high expectations of becoming an iPad Killer. But none of them were able to pose a significant challenge to Apple’s iPad like the Kindle Fire tablet. One of the main reasons behind this success of the Kindle Fire was the HUGE content network Amazon owns. Nobody else has this luxury. As a Kindle Fire owner, you get direct access to this huge content ecosystem that consists of over 22 million movies, songs, video games, apps, TV shows, ebooks, magazines etc. etc. The icing on the cake as far as content goes is Amazon Prime that gives you access to literally unlimited streaming of thousands of movies, books etc.

Select the EXACT version you want below

Wi Fi 7″ Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi Fi 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi Fi 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 32GB Wi Fi + 3G/4G LTE 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 32GB

OR check out images and full specs of

The Wi Fi only 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD here

The Wi Fi + 3G/4G LTE model

The HOT, the less HOT

These are specs that deserve praise, however, if the Red Hot Chilli Pepper Hot specs didn’t convince you, these shouldn’t push you towards making a purchasing decision. For example, the 8.9″ Kindle Fire is thinner and lighter than the iPad 3 by a tiny bit and the main reason you want to buy the Kindle Fire shouldn’t be because of this size and weight difference! Nevertheless, they are important and add to the overall value of the device.

  1. 1.5GHz Dual-core OMAP4470 processor: That’s 300MHz faster than the 7 inch Kindle and 0.1 GHz faster than the iPad 4
  2. Dolby Digital Plus dual stereo speakers: Superior sounds quality. Most tablets like the iPad 3 still only have mono speakers.
  3. Minimal glare: This is because the top touch sensor and bottom LCD screen have been laminated together to eliminate the air-gap between them. This is not something unique to the KFHD, this feature is also seen on most other modern tablets. NOTE: Even though Amazon says minimal glare, don’t expect it to be completely glare-free. There is still some glare when you take it out in the sun. If you want to read in the sun/outside, this is the best.
  4. Micro USB port: Comes in handy when you want to transfer files back and forth between your Kindle and computer. You can also transfer files back and forth using this FREE app
  5. Micro HDMI port: Can be extremely handy if you plan on hooking up your HDTV set to the Kindle Fire. The iPad does not have one. The only thing you need to buy is a micro HDMI cable like this one. Mini HDMI is NOT COMPATIBLE, you need a Micro HDMI cable.
  6. Up to 64GB of storage: Sure, more storage means more $. But if anybody needs the extra capacity, it’s available. This was not an option with the first generation Kindle Fire HD. There was only a 8GB version. If you want to purchase the 64GB version, you’re going to have to pay something like $499, but that’s still a good $330 cheaper than the 64GB iPad which is priced at $829. Want to expand storage even more than 64GB? No problem! Use this gadget and this FREE app, doesn’t get any easier than that! You’re welcome :-D
  7. Only 8.8mm thin and 20 oz heavy: Amazon doesn’t forget to emphasize that the Kindle Fire is over 6% thinner than the iPad. But at 9.4mm, the difference of 6mm, really isn’t a great deal. The iPad is also a couple of ounces heavier at 22oz. But the iPad also has a slightly larger screen at 9.7 inches. The difference is less than 1 inch. Some people like the smaller size of the 8.9 inch Kindle, because it fits in their palm better while others like the extra real estate on the 9.7″ iPad screen. However, most people agree that when it goes beyond that 10 inch mark, that the tablets lose their portability and become more like a desktop. Seriously, someone said that on a forum  8-O
  8. Tax FREE: Last but not least, don’t forget that you don’t pay taxes when you purchase a Kindle Fire HD through in most states of the USA. This is not a luxury you have when you buy it from the local BestBuy or Staples! Depending on the state, the taxes may be $40 or more on a 8.9″ Kindle Fire when you buy it in-store!

What do you like better?

  1. Click here for Wi Fi only Kindle Fire HD
  2. The Wi Fi + 3G/4G LTE model

ice cold features of the 8.9 inch fireThe COLD, the Antarctic ICE COLD

As far as we can tell, there’s nothing antarctic ice cold about the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ version. However, there are a few California winter cold (no pun intended on you Californians) specs, or should I say lack of specs, that Amazon may have missed out on

The Cold, the California-winter Cold!!

For those who don’t know how cold winters in California are, that’s really not cold at all, especially if you’re from the more southern parts!

  1. Lack of a rear camera: some people fret about it, other don’t. The front camera is meant for video chatting where you can see the other party you’re calling and they can see you looking at the screen at the same time. But you can’t use it for taking photographs of objects in front of you. You can, but then the screen is facing away from you and you don’t know what you’re exactly photographing. A rear camera would have fixed this problem. With a rear camera, you will be able to see what you’re photographing on your screen so that you know exactly where to point the camera. The probable reason Amazon didn’t include a rear camera on the Kindle Fire, as most of us agree with, is because a tablet computer isn’t meant to work as a camera. In fact, like someone said, you’d probably look like a fool taking pictures with your 9 inch tablet. So most of you will agree that this may really not be even as cold as California winters.
  2. Lack of a SD card slot to expand memory: Again, not such an important feature considering that the 8.9 inch KF HD indeed comes in 3 different capacities – namely 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However, the Wi Fi only version only comes in the 16GB version and an SD card slot to expand memory would have been really handy.
  3. Kindle Fire App collection is smaller than that for iPad: The Apple AppStore boast hundreds of thousands of apps. Apple apps is something that came way before the iPad (with iPhone and iPod) and as a result, have expanded in to the hundreds of thousands over time. However, the Kindle Fire is only just over an year old with the first generation KF coming out in November of 2011. During this short period, tens of thousands of Kindle Fire apps have been developed and there is an app for almost anything the average Kindle Fire user needs. So it’s not a huge deal, nevertheless, one can argue it is a relative deficiency of the Kindle Fire HD compared to the Apple iPad.

Nevertheless there is quite a good app collection for every category you can think of. Here are some of the BEST apps for the Kindle Fire in different categories

  1. Best Kids’ Apps
  2. Most Popular Game Apps
  3. Most Popular Entertainment Apps
  4. Best Health and Fitness Apps

Bottom Line

There isn’t a CLEAR WINNER when it comes to the leading tablets. Some features are superior on the Kindle Fire HD (e.g. price tag of $299, 12 months of 4G LTE for $50, Amazon’s content ecosystem etc.), some features are superior on the iPad (e.g. slightly larger display size, larger app selection etc.) while some features are superior on the Google Nexus 10 (e.g. currently the Google Nexus 10 has the highest resolution display among similar sized tablet computers).

But the bottom line is that when you consider the cheap price tag, the nearly $400 savings with 4G LTE contracts and the unparalleled content ecosystem of Amazon, the Kindle Fire HD is the overall winner. Is it perfect? No! Are other tablets better than the Kindle Fire HD on certain aspects? Yes. But for most people, Kindle Fire HD is undoubtedly the most suitable tablet this holiday season!

Check out the Best Kindle Fire Apps


Select the EXACT version you want below

Wi Fi 7″ Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi Fi 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi Fi 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 32GB Wi Fi + 3G/4G LTE 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD 32GB

Posted on Nov 20, 2012
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