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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch (1st gen, 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13353 reviews of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch (1st gen, 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the portability and price. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive views about the GPS navigation and reliability.

usability, performance, screen, price, portability

reliability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch (1st gen, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch (1st gen, 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12790 user reviews of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch (1st gen, 2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and price are overall positive. The screen and performance also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the GPS navigation and reliability.

usability, performance, screen, price, portability

reliability, GPS navigation

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9" TabletCertified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

 

This is a good device for people deeply invested in Amazon's products and services. Even for a low-cost device, the performance issues lower the Fire HD's desirability.

Our bottom line here is pretty much the same as it was for the Kindle Fire HD 7: this is a good device for people deeply invested in Amazon’s products and services. It ties the books, apps, audiobooks, music, and other content together with a nice bow....

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (engadget.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE)

 

What a difference a generation makes. While the original Kindle Fire impressed, there was only one thing that really made it worth considering: it was

Bright and beautiful 1080p display ; Great build quality ; Huge selection of content ; Inexpensive base data plan

Occasional OS stutters ; No access to Google Play

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is slightly larger and slightly faster than the 7-inch version, but other than optional LTE it doesn't bring much more to the table.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (AT&T)

 

Amazon has built a killer budget media tablet in the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9. With a solid design, top-notch media store, affordable data plan, and robust parental controls, this tablet is a great choice for families on a budget. Nope, it's no iPad. But...

Very easy to use. Least expensive tablet data plan available. Amazon Prime members get lots of video and book content. Multi-user parental controls

Other tablets have more apps. Speed is just okay, not great. User interface is very shopping-oriented

The 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the top low-cost large-screen tablet you can buy, but to get the best bang for your buck, go for the Wi-Fi-only version.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

 

The 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the top low-cost large-screen tablet you can buy, but to get the best bang for your buck, go for the Wi-Fi-only version.

Very easy to use. Least expensive tablet data plan available. Amazon Prime members get lots of video and book content. Multi-user parental controls.

Other tablets have more apps. Speed is just okay, not great. User interface is very shopping-oriented.

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Nov, 2012

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review

 

In September, inside an airplane hangar in Los Angeles, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a series of bold statements about the company's two brand-new Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindle Fire HD 7, he...

Gorgeous display ; Sturdy build ; Amazon's content well is deep

Missing some important apps ; Some sluggishness ; Still too many ads by default

Perfect for Amazon junkies, not for tablet buyers

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (cnet.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review

 

Editor's note (March 15, 2013): On March 13, 2013, Amazon cut the starting prices of both the Wi-Fi and 4G versions of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The Wi-Fi version now starts at $269 (down from $299), and the 4G version's new starting price is $399 (down...

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...

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...

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.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 4G LTE

 

Like its Wi-Fi-only version, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 4G LTE has a gorgeous 1920 x 1200-pixel display, powerful speakers and access to Amazon's massive library of content. And with 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T, you've got an added layer of...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch Review

 

While the 8.9-inch Fire HD is no longer a one-handed device, those who plan to use it for watching movies and reading magazines will find its full HD display and stereo speakers to be very satifying. The built-in parental controls, while limited, will...

Bright and colorful display with wide viewing angles, Long battery life, Loud speakers, Competitive price

Occasionally froze, No memory expansion, Removing ads from lock screen costs $15, Power adapter sold separately

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch

 

Just as Apple is going small, Amazon is going big. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch represents the largest piece of hardware Amazon has released since the Kindle DX. Like the smaller 7-inch Fire HD, the 8.9-inch version is designed to showcase Amazon...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Tablet

 

A bigger Fire. Amazon's aggressive pricing has positioned the Kindle Fire series as some of the best tablets for the buck. The larger 8.9-inch versions, however, are reaching upwards of $300 and even $500. Does the Full HD display justify the price...

Good workmanship and quality for the cost, Low starting price at $300 MSRP, 1920x1200 resolution IPS screen, Very bright display, Excellent outdoor usability, Integrated micro HDMI-out, Good sound quality, Good battery life, The Kindle Fire HD 8.9...

No tangible performance improvements over 7-inch model despite faster CPU and GPU, Little customization options, Mediocre home screen design; UI beginning to feel stale, Unavoidable lock screen advertisements for cheapest model, Expensive LTE model...

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):10 / 11 / 18
Battery recharge time:14 / 5
Browsing time:10 / 12
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):12

Camera

Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Geotagging: Yes
Rear camera:N / Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Second camera: No
Video recording: Yes
Video stabilizer: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Device type:Full-size tablet / Mini tablet
Form Factor:Clamshell / Slate

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display brightness:400
Display Diagonal:8.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1600
Display Technology:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:9

Graphics

Graphics:Adreno 330
Graphics adapter:Adreno 330
Graphics adapter family:Adreno

Memory

Internal memory:1 / 2

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes

Networking

2G:Y
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+
4G:N / Y
Bluetooth: Yes
Data network:4G / No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Docking connector: No
Internal modem: Yes
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
Video playback: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Cables included:USB
Keyboard supplied: No
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AAX, AMR, HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AAX, AMR, MIDI, MP3, MP4, PCM / AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG / AC3, AMR, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV / AMR, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV / AMR, MIDI, MP3, PCM, WAV
Document formats supported:AZW, DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / AZW, DOC, DOCX, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PPS, PRC, TXT / DOC, DOCX, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Position location:N / Y
Video compression format:3GP, M4V, MKV, VP8, WEBM / 3GP, MP4 / 3GP, MP4, VP8 / 3GP, MPEG4, VP8
Video compression formats:3GP, MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,M4V,MKV,VP8,WEBM / 3GP,MP4 / 3GP,MP4,VP8 / 3GP,MPEG4,VP8

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:Y
Lightning connector:N
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y

Power

AC adapter power:9

Processor

Processor:800 / OMAP4470
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon / Texas Instruments
Processor frequency:1.5 / 2.2
Processor model:800 / OMAP4470

Processor special features

Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N

Software

Bundled software:dictionary
Operating system installed:Android
Platform:Android

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Compatible memory cards: No
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Storage media:Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.307 / 0.346 / 0.354 / 6.22 / 6.46
Height:0.307 / 0.346 / 6.22 / 6.42 / 6.46
Weight:13.2 / 20 / 20.3
Width:9.09 / 9.41 / 9.45