Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The Good The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a performance monster that speeds through Web sites and UI navigation at a frantic pace. Its screen is impressively sharp and its body amazingly light for a larger tablet. The Mayday feature gives personal and near-instant customer service. Some small but smart UI additions lead to a simple, welcoming experience.

The Bad The remote video viewing feature won't be ready at launch, and ad-free versions still cost an extra $15. The 16GB of space runs out quickly when storing HD movies, and there's no built-in storage expansion. Lack of Google Play access means many apps still aren't available. The buttons on the back are sometimes hard to find.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.4 Overall

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Review

A must-have tablet for Amazon Prime members

Editor's note (September 18, 2014): Amazon refreshed the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with a 2014 version. Check out our hands-on review and back to CNET soon for a more in-depth look at the upgrade.

Like its smaller brother, the HDX 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 shoots toward the top of the tablet hierarchy thanks to three notable features: excellent pricing that's competitive with -- or lower than -- the best large premium tablets on the market; an awesome content ecosystem (especially for Amazon Prime members) that goes toe-to-toe with iTunes; and real-time customer service with the new Mayday button, which brings a live Amazon rep on a video screen within seconds -- for free.

The HDX 8.9 offers all of that and improves on the 7-incher by including an 8-megapixel back camera and a sharper, more color-accurate screen. It's also the lightest large tablet currently on the market.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Amazon
  • Diagonal Size 8.9 in
  • Type Fire OS 3.0
  • Monitor Features Dynamic Image Contrast, advanced polarizing filter
  • Weight 13.19 oz
  • Color Category black
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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