3 thoughts on “Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd)

  1. 7,857 of 8,145 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    KF HDX 8.9 is ok; do homework on Prime download before you buy, November 9, 2013
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    B. Tarbuck
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    Updated 12/8/2014

    One year in…

    This review is for the the no-ad 64 GB wifi-only HDX 8.9.

    I use a Galaxy S5 Android smartphone so the HDX is for media / web surfing / offline viewing for travel. Since I had already been using Amazon Prime and Prime Music it was a no brainer for me to use the HDX to fill the role of media / web surfing on a tablet.

    Be informed about the download limitations to this device. Amazon has been adding clarification to this which should help would-be purchasers make a more informed opinion. This wasn’t as obvious as it should have been when I ordered mine so they’re listening which is good.

    Be aware that their most popular Prime content *may* not be available to download (and save) to your HDX. You can save certain videos to your HDX but you won’t know which ones until you buy an HDX and try it out. *** Edited 12/21/2013 You can now see a list of Prime movies and shows that can be downloaded to the device. That’s an improvement and more clearly shows the available downloadable Prime content. +1 for Amazon. ***

    I was also under the assumption that you could download as many videos as you’d like with the limiting factor being the memory capacity of the HDX. Also NOT the case. So again, I bought the larger capacity HDX under this assumption. That was dumb on my part as it turns out because you’re not limited by storage capacity. You’re limited the NUMBER of downloads you can have on your device. Kids’ content can be really short so you may find yourself running into that limitation, but most people never will. Many people will opt up for the 64 GB device like I did only to find that 16 GB would likely do fine since it would be hard to download enough content to fill 64 GB, particularly on ‘standard’ resolution. As another commenter pointed out if you downloaded long movies in full HD perhaps you’d really want the bigger device. Which brings me to the final point.

    The final criticism is that once you start watching content you have to finish watching the content within 48 hours or you need to reconnect to the internet. Again, I was surprised to find out that the content I downloaded expired. This is odd since you’d download because you were likely traveling to a location that didn’t have wifi. Hopefully these criticisms lead to a more informed purchase decision on your part.

    Here is the official word from Amazon which is indeed on their site and the purpose for my edit. I was unable to find this prior to my purchase and learned about it only after I acquired the device.

    * Many (but not all as I note above) Prime Instant Video titles are also available for download on Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HDX devices. The detail page for each Prime Instant Video title indicates whether the title is available for download. You can download available titles to only two separate devices at one time. If you have already downloaded a title to two devices, you need to delete it from one of them before downloading it to another device.

    * You can have a maximum of 25 total Prime Instant Video titles downloaded at a time across all devices associated with your Amazon.com account. While not all Prime Instant Video titles are available for download, the same videos may be available for rental or purchase from Amazon Instant Video, and rented or purchased titles can be downloaded to compatible devices.

    * Viewing Period: If you have a Prime membership or Prime free trial, you can stream any video that is currently designated as a Prime Instant Video title on its detail page. You can watch Prime Instant Video titles that you’ve downloaded within a limited viewing period, which varies by title. A typical viewing period is either 48 hours after you start watching the title or 15 or 30 days after the download, whichever is earlier. We’ll typically notify you when the viewing period for a title is close to expiring. After your Prime membership or Prime free trial expires or is cancelled, you cannot watch any Prime Instant Video titles unless you’ve also rented or purchased that title.

    For about 9 months the camera on this device caused it to take weird pictures. It seems that along the way a firmware update fixed the camera problems I had earlier so this should not be a concern for users who use their tablet to take photos.

    Amazon has made subtle improvements to this device over the past year. It’s not 100% Android compliant and doesn’t always run YouTube videos very well. Just hangs and you need to restart it. Other times w/ the same YouTube content it works. Weird. The interface has been improved and it has been reliable for the last year as an intermittent toy. This is the perfect device for a person new to tablets or heavily invested in Amazon Prime. The Prime interfaces are outstanding and the device is intuitive and…

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  2. 4,483 of 4,666 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rocks! Power Adapter included, Prime download clarification, November 6, 2013
    By 
    Kimberly R. Norton (Fort Worth, TX) –
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    If you like the Kindle Fire HD then you will love the Kindle Fire HDX. The new device runs three times faster, is lighter in weight, and the battery lasts slightly longer. The sound quality on this device is excellent and the display quality is absolutely stunning. Below are some of the features to expect from the Fire HDX.

    ✔ BUILD QUALITY
    —There is NO blue haze on the 8.9″ HDX.
    —The build quality is excellent.
    —Auto contrast is good (not buggy).
    —Operating system is very intuitive except after downloading free prime videos to watch offline. If you remove the videos from your Carousel then, from the video menu, you must go to the left side bar, and click *downloads* to see your videos.

    ✔ PRIME DOWNLOAD ISSUES (free video download limitations)
    Prime members can download selected Prime Instant Videos to watch when not connected to the internet. There are major restrictions imposed on prime videos as listed below.
    —Not all Prime titles are available for download.
    —Most popular prime titles are NOT available for download.
    —There is a max of 25 titles that can be downloaded free at any one time.
    —Prime titles have a viewing period.
    —Viewing period is either 48 hours after you start watching the video, or 15-30 days (which ever comes first).
    —After the viewing period expires you need to reconnect to the internet.
    —Titles can be downloaded to only two separate devices at a time.
    —If you exceed the device quota then you must delete one of the titles before adding to another device.
    —There is no way to know which titles can be downloaded unless you have the HDX (amazon does not place a banner on the titles other than to say PRIME).
    —Videos you purchase do not have a viewing period.

    ✔ GLITCHES
    —Verify your kindle is set for the correct TIME ZONE or you might have glitches.
    —If you cannot see your apps or any other items on the CLOUD then you probably need to RESET your device.
    —Filling the device to the max with videos then trying to delete a video might turn your kindle into a brick.

    ✔ POWER ADAPTER INCLUDED
    —Yes, you get a Kindle Power charger! Previously this had to be purchased separately ($19).

    ✔ OFFICE SUITE MISSING
    —You can view an item with the integrated Office Suite but you cannot edit the item unless you upgrade to the professional version and paying $4.99. That is, the HDX has a built in OfficeSuite shell, not the full functional program. Hint: Use your 500 free coins to get the upgrade free.

    ✔ No HDMI port (MIRACAST instead)
    —There is no HDMI port. To view kindle content on a television you need a Miracast enabled receiver (which can be your tv or a Dongle you connect to your tv). Although this is all done wirelessly, you are not using your local wi-fi connection, the receiver creates its own adhoc network.

    ✔ PICTURE QUALITY
    —The picture quality on the HDX is stunning. It is noticeably better than the HD, there is no comparison between the two of them.

    ✔ SOUND
    —The sound on this device is about the same as the Fire HD.

    ✔ PROCESSOR
    —Faster. A lot faster than the HD!

    ✔ VOLUME AND POWER BUTTONS
    —The volume and power buttons are on the back of the device instead of the side. Fortunately the power button is on a different side than the volume buttons.

    ✔ VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
    —There is white secondary text on the virtual keyboard buttons which makes information easier to read. On the HD, the secondary text is black which is difficult to read on dark gray keys.

    ✔ KARAOKE (X-Ray)
    —You can now get x-ray on your music which shows the lyrics line-by-line. This feature is not available with all songs.

    ✔ PRINTING
    —This new device will soon support printing documents straight from the kindle. Previously needed a .99 cents app.

    ✔ STORAGE
    —This model can be purchased as 64GB without having 4G connectivity.

    ✔ MAYDAY Customer support
    —Click the Mayday customer support button (in the Quick Settings) and you can see the rep but they cannot see you. I have used Mayday about three times and it is wonderful.

    ✔ REAR AND FRONT CAMERA (Important information)
    —The HDX includes a rear facing camera with an LED flash. There is also a front facing camera. On the HD there is only a front facing camera and no flash.
    ♦Important: once you take a photo it automatically goes to the CLOUD storage. Please do not take any images that you do not want floating around in cyber space!

    ✔ Special Offers
    —As before, Special Offers show up as screen savers. They are much better than the…

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  3. 4,820 of 5,046 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An enlarged version of the 7″ HDX – Same good internal components with a nicer screen- still a battery hog though, November 7, 2013
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    Amazon Reviewer “Reviewing is my greatest int… (Always on Amazon-Always Reviewing!) –
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    This review is from: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (Electronics)

    Simply put, this is the Amazon’s iPad Air Killer. The 7” HDX is the iPad mini killer. Both HDXs inherent very similar hardware. This means the 8.9” version is an enlarged version of the 7” version. For my 7” version review, please search for my HDX 7” review.
    My profile: I’m a heavy tablet user for personal and business purposes. I work on my tablet around 4-5 hours a day (Email / Documents / Spreadsheet / PDF) & use the tablet 1-2 hours for personal use such as watching movies or reading books/magazine. The HDX tablet is my go-to device for all internet related search I do. It is also my main electronic device, more important than my smartphones and laptops

    I have the following and/or used the following before:

    1) iPad 1
    2) iPad 2
    3) iPad 4
    4) iPad Mini
    5) Kindle Fire
    6) Kindle Fire HD
    7) Kindle Fire HD 8.9
    8) Asus Transformer with Keyboard
    9) Nexus 7 First Gen
    10) Kindle HDX 7” – which I also have a review you can check out
    As you can see, I been through many devices and hope this review with my experience helps users decide if this is the right device for them. This will be an ongoing review for this device throughout this year. For comparison sake, I will use last year’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and also the Fire HDX 7” as benchmarks

    Speed (9/10):

    The same chipset is used on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 as it is in the Kindle Fire 7” As I mentioned in the 7” review, this is leaps and bounds faster than last year Kindle HD. Last year Kindle struggles to go through any HD video content I put in. This year’s HDX able to play seamlessly all the HD 1080p contents I added. It is incredible how much the 2.2Ghz quad processor improved vs last year’s model Dual 1.2Ghz.

    Screen (9/10):
    This screen is a much bigger step up from the original HD 8.9 1920×1200 screen to the Kindle Fire HDX screen at 2,560 x 1,600. The screen is comparable to the iPad Air which I saw in Apple store and text is crystal clear now with such a high per pixel inch density. The viewing angle is just as impressive as you can hang the kindle in the middle of the car and at any seat it is view very clearly. Last year’s model was not as clear as this. The overall screen improvement for this year’s Kindle lineup is just impressive

    Sound (8/10):
    The sound system in this Kindle Fire HDX is using Dolby Digital Plus with virtual 5.1 surround sound. Similar to the 7” that gives this device a much better surround sound then previous generation’s.

    Build (8/10):
    Like the 7” HDX, this 8.9 HDX is more “angular” than last year’s device. It’s slightly rougher to hold in the corners than last year’s model due to sharper edges though I doubt any users will hold their tablet by their corners.

    The biggest improvement is the weight for this HDX 8.9 compared to last year’s HD 8.9, the device is noticeable lighter (567g for Kindle Fire HD vs 374g for Kindle Fire HDX). This mean you can hold this for longer time without fatigue. It’s also lighter than iPad Air and that’s quite impressive.

    The power and volume button placement on this Kindle Fire HDX is interesting. It is behind the device which allows it to hide away from front view. However, this can cause user to accidentally hit the on/off button or the volume button when not being careful. Aesthetically it is great but it is definitely not a practical solution when you are trying to use this on the go.

    It does look sturdy enough to survive minor drop but I highly recommend getting a case for it. Those sharp corners seems more prone to dents than round corners for last year’s model.

    Battery (6/10):
    With higher resolution similar to the kindle fire hdx 7, the battery life is still the biggest drawback. As mentioned in my HDX 7” review, it takes more to power to drive the battery now thanks to the screen upgrade. Anything on the screen requires higher resolution = more power draw. The 2650×1600 screen pulls a lot of power still compare to last year’s model when the screen is on, especially when running HD videos. It maybe fine for casual use but for people who are more absent minded in charging or require this for business productivity purpose, it can be quite annoying when your batteryrunning out of power. Regardless, how much power saving features you have, it seems that the screen resolution is still taking most of the power. I’m able to pull 7 hours of moderately heavy usage vs 9.5 hours for last year’s Kindle Fire HD at medium brightness with Wi-fi on all the time. Again, if something like a battery case is available, that will be great. Otherwise, it will be wise to find an external battery pack for this just in case.

    Software & software compatibility (8/10):
    The amount of app is still…

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