Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offers a 1920x1200 HD display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, free unlimited cloud storage and more for only $300. Matt Mira and Candace Bailey weigh the pros and cons of the tablet device for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is basically the Kindle Fire HD 7 with a larger screen.
The design features a large black border, which we found to be a good place to keep your thumb while reading.
The beveled back resulted in a more comfortable feel and the rubber layer helped a lot with the grip.
Our biggest problem with the design is the buttons, which are very difficult to find with just your finger.
The 8.9" IPS screen display is just like the original Kindle Fire, so the viewing angles are great.
The resolution is boosted up to 1920x1200, which isn't as high res as the iPad but much better than the iPad Mini.
The color is excellent and video looks great on the screen.
We did find the display to be even brighter than the last one, so this was an added bonus.
The 8.9 features the same hardware as the HD 7 wit a dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, which is perfectly fine for Amazon's light software.
Media played perfectly and games ran smoothly.
The speakers are probably the best we've heard on a tablet.
Amazon has gone in and completely changed the interface and there's an Android OS buried under their new UI.
There is still a carousel effect to the apps and overall, it felt very snappy and not at all sluggish.