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.
That's for the 16GB model. Get it with 32GB for only $30 more!
For AT&T customers, meanwhile, the new HTC One M8 costs $200 with a two-year contract.
Amazon is widely expected to unveil a video-streaming device, putting it in the same competitive field as Apple's Apple TV, Google's Chromecast, and the family of Roku boxes.
If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is already out. The 8.9-inch version hits in November with some key upgrades over the 7-inch version.
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The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like unnecessary errors.
Despite its daring aspirations and 3D-like party tricks, the brave, new Fire Phone's lack of Google services will alienate anyone who expects the flexibility of a modern Android phone.
The choice between the Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 will come down to personal preference. Do you want an excellent small tablet or an excellent large one?
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9's been cooped up inside our office for long enough. It's time for it to break out of its corporate prison and see what real life is like.