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So are you sensing a theme from me??? Along with those flowers (if she likes them),  Mom needs a new toy!! I was sent an 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX from Amazon. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am SO impressed! Many Kindle Fires have passed through my home. My daughters each have a regular Kindle Fire that I got for them a couple of years go at Christmas. They still use them and they love them. Although they don’t use them quite as much since they got their smartphones. But when home they use them to watch videos, play educational games, and read.

I also gave my mother a 7″ Kindle Fire HD not too long ago. It is her first tablet too! I gave her a quick lesson, told her how she could hook it up to her TV to watch Prime movies, and showed her how to download new apps. But you know what?? She has barely called to ask me any questions! And usually when she gets a new piece of tech I get several calls. I think it’s because the Kindle Fire series is made to be user friendly.

As mentioned, I was not sure what to expect with my new Kindle Fire HDX. Would the OS be better? Would it be faster? It the screen really as good as they say?

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Specifications

Startlingly light large-screen tablet, with stunning HDX display, ultra-fast performance, and front and rear cameras
  • Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display (2560×1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Breakthrough ultra-light design—weighing just 13.2oz, it’s 34% lighter than the previous generation
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls and more
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
  •  In addition to Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime members can stream tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles at no additional cost, over half of which can be downloaded to the latest generation of Kindle Fire tablets. Learn more

 

Great Entertainment Device

The Kindle Fire HDX  is a pleasure to use and hold. It’s a lot thinner than the original Kindle Fire and than some other tablets that I have used. At only 13.2 ounces (13.5 ounces for 4G) it is one of the lighter tablets found in this size range. The 1080p HD screen at 8.9″ makes watching movies a pleasure. And since I have an Amazon Prime account I can watch thousands of movies and TV shows at no extra charge right on my device.

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Thousands of Apps

Although the Amazon store doesn’t have quite as many apps as the Google Play store, it is getting there. Although I notice that some things that my kids and I have on our Android phones are either not available in the Amazon store,  or not free like they are on Google.

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Decent Camera

Honestly, when I review a tablet the camera is the last thing that I worry about testing. Why? Because who buys a tablet for the camera?? That is why they make point and shoot cameras, and smartphones with great cameras. And I still think that people look silly at events holding up huge tablets to shoot pics and record video. 🙂 However, I did snap a few pics with the Fire HDX and they are pretty good. Certainly good enough to use in a pinch if your tablet is the first thing that you reach for because you just cannot get to your phone. The 8mb camera rivals that of a decent smartphone camera for sure. There are not many options in the settings, but it does have a flash, HDR setting, and Panorama which is really all you need.

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

Part of my Chuck Taylor collection, taking with the flash turned on. Not bad, not bad at all.

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

Taken with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

The above photo was taken without the flash.

The Kindle Fire HDX comes in both 7″ and 8.9″ versions. It is also available in WiFi only, or 4G LTE with a prepaid DataConnect plan from AT&T.  Click here to check plan pricing.

With Amazon Prime shipping if you order now you can still get it shipped to you in time for Mother’s Day!