Whoa! Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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US$494 for 64GBs of storage and 2GBs of RAM undercuts a 16GBs full-size iPad.

Apple just got mauled. Do they even realize it?

And an 8.9-inch tablet is a great size.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9: 9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.34″ – 15.8 oz
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9: 9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.31″ – 13.2 oz

It’s the same size as the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, but thinner and lighter!

I fondled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and really loved the size and weight.

I’ve never before considered a Kindle Fire tablet. But there’s so much right about this one.

This tablet goes onto my list as a possible buy. 2GBs of RAM and a 2,2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU with a 339 ppi screen — this should be a frikkin beast with Google Books PDFs.

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9 responses to “Whoa! Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  1. E.T.

    On the other hand, Amazon’s forked Android has its limitations: http://blogs.computerworld.com/tablets/22871/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-android

    • E.T., I replied to the writer of that article the other day:
      “The solution is simple – no rooting is needed. You can install non-Amazon apps on it by straight-downloading them, as Amazon *enabled* the ‘Allow installation of unknown apps” box in Android.
      If you [Computerworld] allow the link, your readers can see how you legitimately and easily install these apps on the Kindle Fires, at http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-reviewer-myth-that-kindle-fire.html
      There are many app stores with good reps that carry the google-play apps and they can go right on the Kindle Fires.”

      (But the myth is perpetuated. The writers almost never respond to this point.) My blog article shows Google Earth and/or Maps, which are both on my 7″ and 8.9″ current Kindle Fire HD’s. I also enjoy Google Talk app (the icon is a mic) to do a Google search by doing it verbally and it’s surprisingly accurate and responsive. No rooting or modifications involved.

      • mikecane

        By Google Talk, do you mean voice dictation? (I seem to think it has something to do with VOIP.)

        What about Google Now?

        Thanks for the information. No rooting for other apps is a big plus.

      • Mike, there’s no ‘Reply’ link under yours so am replying here. It’s Google Search via a microphone and I got the name of it wrong. It’s Google’s “Voice Search” …
        As for the ease of installing apps from secondary stores that carry GooglePlay apps or from the Developer’s site or of course from XDA Forums, it’s a feature B&N didn’t make visible to their users (in the Android settings).

        But enabled unknown-source apps or not, large tech sites still perpetuate the notion that you are restricted to Amazon apps with the Kindle Fires.

        To get GooglePlay — B&N, once it gave up on its current Nook tablets line, is said to have agreed to Google’s stipulations that Google’s app and music services would need to be first-line with B&N users, something Amazon wouldn’t do (but I bet Google and Amazon could work out something mutually beneficial eventually (maybe I’m too optimistic).

  2. Really good hardware. What bothers me is the Amazon-flavored android and lack to Google apps. Other than that,this is probably one of the best tablets on the market right now.

  3. Sotong

    On the product page in Amazon there’s a link that says “Important information about using outside the U.S.”. It stated:

    “If you’re traveling with Kindle Fire, you can access any content you’ve downloaded to your device or shop for new books and magazines anytime you like.

    With a U.S. credit card, you’ll also be able to purchase new apps and music for Kindle Fire while you are abroad.

    To stream Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows, you must be physically present in the U.S. and have a U.S. billing address.”

    I reckon international buyers should reconsider carefully before purchase.

  4. Sam

    Hi!

    Mike, between LG Pag 8.3 for $299 and a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 for $399
    which one would you buy?

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