The Good Bold, Full HD display; Slim and portable design; Access to Amazon's streaming media services.
The Bad Lovefilm videos require constant Wi-Fi connection; Restricted to Amazon's app store only; Rival tablets have more potent specs.
The Bottom Line The Kindle Fire HD 8.9's Full HD screen and easy access to Amazon's streaming services makes it an attractive choice for media lovers who don't want to fork out for an iPad. Its lack of offline video is annoying however and the Nexus 7 still packs more features for less money.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Amazon's regular E Ink Kindle continues to be massively popular thanks to its easy to read display and Amazon's vast collection of digital books. The Kindle Fire HD tablets aim to take that popularity and add high-definition colour screens and a host of media streaming services on top.
The 8.9-inch model reviewed here begins at £230 for the 16GB model or £259 for 32GB. Both of those are subsidised slightly by displaying ads on the lock screen. An extra £10 will get you the tablet with no ads. You can always buy the ad-supported version and pay to remove the ads if you find them annoying.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is identical to itsin basically every way. They share the same outward design, run the same simple-to-use-software and have access to the same multimedia content from Amazon. The only difference is down to the physical size of the screen.