(Ping! Zine Issue 58) – Since initially announcing the first Kindle Fire in September of 2011, Amazon has gone in the HD direction – rolling out new versions of the device in the fall of last year. In the mix are two tablets. With the launch, the company has an expanded screen size release: The Kindle Fire HD 8.9”.
What We Like
You’ll find yourself forking over a bit more for the larger screen size – but with it, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 still remains very affordable at just $269.00 for the 16GB version and $299.00 for the 32GB version. The HD is amazing and brilliantly succeeds at reducing screen glare. We also like Amazon’s use of a TI OMAP4470 processor – providing the HD with a faster web browsing experience. The design succeeds in beauty by keeping the look simple.
Pricing on the device goes way up when considering the 4G LTE options ranging from $499 to $599.The Lowdown: It’s an affordable tablet offering when in Wi-Fi only – especially when you consider Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Surface tablet. If you’re an avid reader, we’d still recommend owning a Kindle Paperwhite as well – but the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is the perfect all-in-one entertainment hub.
- Display: 8.9” with 254 ppi
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
- Processor: TI OMAP4470 (Dual Core)
- Graphics: SGX544 3D
- Wi-Fi: Dual Band, Dual antennas with MIMO
- Camera: Front-facing HD
- Dimensions: 9.40” x 6.40” x 0.35”