The Good The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has zippier navigation than its 7-inch counterpart, a beautiful high-definition screen, incredibly fast 4G LTE speeds, seamless streaming performance, and access to one of the best media eco systems available. The new Fire HD interface feels better suited on the 8.9-inch screen.
The Bad Web performance is lacking compared with that of other tablets. Its physical design is fairly plain with buttons that are too flush with its chassis. The curated Appstore means many games and non-entertainment quality apps are not available. There's a $15 opt-out for ads.
The Bottom Line 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.
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Editor's note (September 18, 2014): The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 reviewed here is now discontinued. Check out the replacement 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet here.
Editor's note (September 25, 2013): The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is still available; however, there areincluding the new .
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