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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4967 reviews of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the price and portability. The performance and screen also get good feedback, but reviews about the storage and apps are different. The GPS navigation and reliability get negative reviews.

usability, screen, performance, portability, price

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 HDX 8.9 (2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4159 user reviews of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the price and portability are generally positive. The screen and performance also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the GPS navigation and reliability.

usability, performance, screen, portability, price

reliability, GPS navigation

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX DisplayKindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display

Dec, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch): a high-end tablet at a mid-range price

 

The latest Fire tablet has some top-of-the-line specs and nice software enhancements, but Amazon's closed-off ecosystem will continue to be a sore spot for shoppers who prefer regular Android.

Great screen ; Strong performance ; Mayday tech support and other helpful software features

No Google Play access ; $80 more expensive than its predecessor

The Fire line just keeps getting better. Just as the HD marked a big improvement over the first generation, the HDX brings a number of premium features that puts Amazon's offerings on par with some of the best tablets. The screen is great; processing...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (wired.com)

Review: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

 

With its sharp and colorful screen, excellent audio performance, and state-of-the-art components, Amazon's affordable flagship tablet is a winner.

Tack-sharp, vibrant screen. Superb battery life. Top-notch stereo speakers. An immersive headphone experience with Dolby Atmos. Great integration with Amazon services. Unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content makes the 16GB version doable. 24/7 video...

App ecosystem lags behind iOS and Android, and Google apps could fill in big gaps. The best deal is an 16GB version with lock-screen ads, but the an ad-free 32GB HDX jumps up to 4. Doesn’t look any different than the last one. Firefly doesn’t always work

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Xiomara Blanco (cnet.com)

Review: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is faster sequel with future-forward features

 

The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is user-friendly iPad alternative packed to the brim with useful features and a dapper design.

The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is the first tablet with Dolby Atmos audio-enhancing technology and Amazon's item-identifying Firefly function. Its user-friendly operating system includes Mayday instant customer service, extensive parental controls and the...

Amazon's curated app store has far fewer apps and games than Google and iOS app stores. The heavily modified OS leaves little room for customization and there's no microSD card slot.

Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 32GB, Wi-Fi/4G, Verizon

 

The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the most understated high-end tablets of the year. Though physically it's virtually indiscernible from the 2013 model, it packs a more powerful processor, an updated OS with more family-friendly functions, and...

The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is the first tablet with Dolby Atmos audio-enhancing technology and Amazon's item-identifying Firefly function. Its user-friendly operating system includes Mayday instant customer service, extensive parental controls and the...

Amazon's curated app store has far fewer apps and games than Google and iOS app stores. The heavily modified OS leaves little room for customization and there's no microSD card slot.

Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)

 

Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9" is the best value tablet for media out there, but its ecosystem doesn't match up to other operating systems for general-purpose use.

Easy to use. Light, durable body. High-res screen. Solid audio. Excellent technical support

Tied tightly to Amazon's services. Limited storage in the initial configuration

Do you like to watch? Amazon's Fire HDX ($379, 16GB) is the ideal media tablet, designed for lots of reading, listening, and watching TV and movies—especially (but not always) if you purchase that media from Amazon. Performance is decent for games and...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

 

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" is the simplest-to-use high-quality, large-screen tablet, with built-in, on-demand tech support. And it's the best choice for handling your Amazon content.

Fast. Gorgeous screen. Very easy to use. 24-hour, on-demand video tech support

Lousy cameras. Not as many apps as standard Android tablets or iPads. Interface very focused on buying things from Amazon

Tired of asking for tech support? Tired of giving tech support? The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" comes with its own support team built into the tablet, an array of chipper, headset-wearing folks collectively known as Mayday. It's the best large-screen...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Wired (wired.com)

A Bigger Step Forward

 

Since its launch two years ago , the Kindle Fire has developed a reputation as a budget tablet. The mostly plastic construction and the low price (Kindle Fire pricing starts at $139 for the cheapest 7-incher) give it the whiff of a second-tier device,...

Class-leading display. Great battery life; expect ten hours or more. Light enough to hold for an entire episode of Breaking Bad without fatigue. Video-chat customer support is helpful, easy. I recommend getting the cool, origami-esque accessory case

Rear-camera is predictably lame. No Google Play access. Button position may flummox some, but I got used to them after a few days

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch)

 

In 2011, Amazon surprised us with the Kindle Fire, an Android-based 7-inch tablet that made it easier than ever to watch video, read books, and of course buy stuff from Amazon. It came at a time...

Gorgeous high-res screen ; Super lightweight ; Great battery life

Doesn’t have Play Store access ; Fire OS is a tad too basic ; Isn’t a looker

$379 just isn't a mind-blowing price for a tablet anymore

Nov, 2013

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

 

Amazon's $379 Fire HDX 8.9 doesn't look revolutionarily different from the 2013 model of a similar name, but it does offer a number of impressive enhancements, including a sharper screen, faster quad-core processor, Firefly (think Shazam on steroids)...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Review

 

With Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9 you get a brilliant screen, long battery life and great parental controls for less money than the iPad Air 2.

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Atmos / Dolby Digital Plus
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):12 / 18
Battery recharge time:4.5 / 5
Battery Technology:Lithium
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):12
Continuous audio playback time:12
Standby Time:18

Camera

Built-in flash: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Maximum video resolution:1024 x 720 / 1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p
Video stabilizer: Yes

Design

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

Display

Display brightness:400
Display Diagonal:8.9
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
LED backlight:No / Yes
Pixel density:339
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:9

Graphics

Graphics:Adreno 330 / Adreno 420
Graphics adapter:Adreno 330 / Adreno 420
Graphics adapter family:Adreno

Memory

Internal memory:2

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Networking

2G:Y
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Internal RAM:2
RAM capacity:2
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:No / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EAC3, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EAC3, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EAC3, HE-AAC, MIDI, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AAX, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, Vorbis / 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, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HE-AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AC3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, LC-AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WAV / AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV
Document formats supported:AZW, DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / AZW, DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PRC, TXT / AZW, DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, TXT / AZW, DOC, DOCX, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / AZW, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT / AZW, PDF, TXT / DOC, DOCM, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / DOC, DOCX, HTML / DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Position location:N / Y
Subtitle formats supported:MKV
Video compression format:3GP, M4V, MKV, MP4, VP8 / 3GP, M4V, MKV, MP4, VP8, WEBM / 3GP, M4V, MKV, VP8 / 3GP, WEBM
Video formats supported:3GP,M4V,MKV,MP4,VP8 / 3GP,M4V,MKV,MP4,VP8,WEBM / 3GP,M4V,MKV,VP8 / 3GP,WEBM

Phone Features

Voice call:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:9

Processor

Processor:800 / 8084
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.5
Processor model:800 / 8084

Processor special features

Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection 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® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):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

Operating system installed:Android / Fire OS
Operating system version:3.0 / 4
Platform:Android / Linux

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:16 / 2 / 32 / 64
Storage media:Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.307 / 6.22 / 9.09 / 9.13
Height:0.307 / 0.315 / 6.22 / 9.09
Weight:13.2 / 13.4 / 13.5 / 13.7
Width:6.22 / 9.09