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First Look: The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a thinner HDX with a larger screen

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First Look: The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a thinner HDX with a larger screen

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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 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 takes what made the 7-inch HDX great. Adds a larger higher resolution screen, this one is 2560 by 1600 and that 0.82 pounds, it's the lightest "large tablet" on the market. I say quote because while an 8.9-inch tablet is definitely not small, it is almost an inch smaller than the iPad Air and more than an inch smaller than 10.1-inch tablets like the Asus Transformer TF701. And it's not just a screen, it's the body too. The tablet is noticeably smaller than the 2012 Fire HD 8.9 and thinner too. Unfortunately the power button and volume racker are still located on the back. While it's fine when you're already holding the tablet in your hand, the tablet is lying down back and you wanna say turn the volume down. It takes a couple of annoying steps to do so. There's a micro USB on the left edge for charging and a headphone jack on the right. On the top bezel sits an HD front-facing camera and on the back, an 8-megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash. Gaming performance is fast, smooth and at the tablet's high screen resolution, incredibly sharp. Of course, the real appeal, any Kindle Fire tablet lies within Amazon's impressive media ecosystem. If you're having trouble with any aspect of your Kindle Fire HDX, there's always mayday, which is near instant personal live video support. If mayday rep can't see you, luckily for them, or you can see them and they can answer pretty much any question you may have about the Fire. You can also take control of your tablet as well as draw on your screen to point you in the right direction. Check out the first look at the Kindle Fire HDX 7 for more info on what makes the Amazon interface and ecosystem so effective. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 starts at $379 for 16 gigabytes of storage. The price increases by 50 bucks as of 32 gigabytes and 64 gigabytes. You also have to pay an extra $15 if you wanna get rid of the ads in the lock screen. The 7-inch version of the Fire HDX is great. But if you're looking for something that's a little larger with a sharper screen that still maintains a lightweight, same great fast performance, the HDX 8.9 is an excellent choice. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

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