Specs summary

Screen
8.9"

The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9's screen is 8.9 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 4 (Based on Android) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 14 days standby time.



Thanks to its outstanding hardware, the 2014 version of the Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the very best mid-size tablets on the market.

- Ed Hardy , TabletPCReview 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Parental controls
  • Mayday customer service
  • Silky smooth performance
  • Dolby Atmos audio
  • Amazon Firefly

What's bad

  • No microSD support
  • Lack of customization options
  • Amazon App Store only

Amazon’s Fire tablets have become fan favorites with their combination of price and easy access to the bounty of Amazon content available. The newest version, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) aims to continue this trend and introduce a few new twists to the classic Fire tablet. Is the tablet worthy of the title or just another model soon to be forgotten? Let’s see what the reviews have to say!

Combining a 8.9-inch display at 2560-by-1600 pixels and a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, the tablet is definitely a powerhouse on paper. Fortunately, reviews indicate that this also translate to real life performance as well. Wired calls it “fast and fluid.” Across many reviews, none noted any hesitance or instability to be found, even under high-definition gaming or heavy multitasking.

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Whether you’re planning to enjoy the wealth of movies on Amazon or keep tabs on your social media accounts, the screen is sure to impress. Reviews all touted the screen for sharpness, brightness and color reproduction. CNet called the display “the best of the bunch” while Wired proclaimed it “the brightest, sharpest, and most-vivid in the tablet realm” even when compared to flagships from other manufacturers.

Couple this with rear-facing stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio processing and the reviews for the tablet as a media playback device are outstanding. PC Magazine called the speakers “the loudest, clearest built-in speakers of any tablet I've seen recently.” Reviewers also noted that the Atmos sound processing worked surprisingly well, even on small ear buds. However, the video must support Atmos for you to enjoy the effect, limiting its usefulness for some.

Other noted features included Amazon’s support service, Mayday, Amazon’s object discovery service, Firefly, and their in-depth parental controls and user profile support.

Unfortunately, there are some potential weak points to the new HDX as well depending on your preferences. The most obvious is lack of MicroSD card support. If you’re someone who prefers to store your movie and music on your tablet instead of stream them, you’ll definitely want to consider one of the larger storage options. With models ranging from 16GB to 64GB of storage, there is something available to suit most needs.

Another issue many reviews noted was the accessories offered for the tablet. While the Origamic Case works well to prop up the device, CNet found that the magnetic attachment was weak. Multiple sites also had issues with lag and delay on the Bluetooth keyboard.

One final concern listed by all reviews was that the Fire HDX locks you into Amazon services. Unlike many Android devices, there is no access to the default Google Apps or the Google Play store. If you’re a Prime subscriber or don’t mind investing in Amazon’s content and services, this is largely a non-issue, however, as Android Police points out “if you can't embrace the Amazon world, the Fire HDX is kind of a lump.”
Overall, reviews of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) are overwhelmingly positive. From build quality and battery life to the display and performance, there was little that reviews found lacking. Wired summed up many reviews best, stating, “The HDX 8.9 looks great, feels great, sounds great, and performs great, even if it won’t bowl you over with bold new flavors.”


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

Fire OS still doesn't convince

from Digital Versus

The 2014 version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a top-rate product. The display quality is irrefutable, as is the tablet's sheer power. All the same, Amazon will really come into its own when it manages to revamp Fire OS, which, at present, is too Appstore-centric.

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The 2014 version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a top-rate product. The display quality is irrefutable, as is the tablet's sheer power. All the same, Amazon will really come into its own when it manages to revamp Fire OS, which, at present, is too Appstore-centric.

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TabletPCReview

Best-looking tablet screen on the market

from TabletPCReview

The slim, light-weight design of this tablet is a real plus, as well as its beautiful screen, excellent performance, long battery life, and quite good camera. The major downside is the slightly aggressive marketing of Amazon’s website and services that are built in, as well as the lack of a microSD card slot...

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The slim, light-weight design of this tablet is a real plus, as well as its beautiful screen, excellent performance, long battery life, and quite good camera. The major downside is the slightly aggressive marketing of Amazon’s website and services that are built in, as well as the lack of a microSD card slot.

Thanks to its outstanding hardware, the 2014 edition of the Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the very best mid-size tablets on the market. The strong ties to Amazon’s webstores might turn away some potential customers, though. 

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GottaBeMobile

An excellent tablet for users that want to watch, read and play.

from GottaBeMobile

Users who want a great entertainment tablet should certainly consider the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. The tablet offers access to all the movies, TV shows, audio books and ebooks that I need and is highly connected to the Amazon experience.

As a gift to a first time tablet user, the Mayday feature completes this package. The user can ask Amazon for help at any time, without feeling like they are bothering a relative for small items, which makes it easier to get in and start using the tablet. ...

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Users who want a great entertainment tablet should certainly consider the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. The tablet offers access to all the movies, TV shows, audio books and ebooks that I need and is highly connected to the Amazon experience.

As a gift to a first time tablet user, the Mayday feature completes this package. The user can ask Amazon for help at any time, without feeling like they are bothering a relative for small items, which makes it easier to get in and start using the tablet. 

You should certainly compare the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 and the cheaper iPad Air before picking a tablet, but this is an excellent entertainment tablet. 

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PhoneArena

Still the same thin and light package from before

from PhoneArena

Where Amazon failed miserably in making a dent in the smartphone market, they’re able to continue having a strong presence in the tablet space – thanks in part to the well-rounded performance of this year’s high-end model, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. No doubt, it’s vying for notoriety over other impressive rivals of late, such as the iPad Air 2 and the Google Nexus 9, but Amazon’s model certainly poses a threat...

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Where Amazon failed miserably in making a dent in the smartphone market, they’re able to continue having a strong presence in the tablet space – thanks in part to the well-rounded performance of this year’s high-end model, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. No doubt, it’s vying for notoriety over other impressive rivals of late, such as the iPad Air 2 and the Google Nexus 9, but Amazon’s model certainly poses a threat.

Honestly, it’s a great performing tablet, one that has a stunning screen, snappy overall response, and long-lasting battery life. At the end of the day, however, it all boils down to whether or not you can tolerate the Fire OS 4 platform. For hardcore fans of Amazon, it’s a knock out hit for its rich ties to all of Amazon’s services, which has been enhanced thanks to new features like Firefly, but for everyone else, it still proves to be an experience that’s lacking in functionality.

For the causal fun stuff, like watching movies and reading books, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 bear all the hallmarks in making it a perfect tablet for the experience, but when it comes to pure productivity and trying to bridge that gap between tablets and laptops, it just doesn’t have enough of the goods to make it an exorbitantly superior product. Luckily, it’s pretty affordable at $379, undercutting many of its main rivals, but we wouldn’t necessarily say it’s enough to separate it from the wholesome goodness from the $399 priced Google Nexus 9. 

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TechRadar

An accessible, competitively-priced window into Amazon's world for the whole family

from TechRadar

If you're looking for a family tablet that everyone can share, and you're happy to dive into the Amazon ecosystem and sign up for Amazon Prime, maybe even pick up a Fire TV as well, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is probably the best tablet for you.

It handles movies and TV shows beautifully. It's a lovely device for reading on. The audio quality is also impressive...

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If you're looking for a family tablet that everyone can share, and you're happy to dive into the Amazon ecosystem and sign up for Amazon Prime, maybe even pick up a Fire TV as well, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is probably the best tablet for you.

It handles movies and TV shows beautifully. It's a lovely device for reading on. The audio quality is also impressive.

But if gaming and app choice are very important to you, then it's impossible to recommend the Fire HDX 8.9. You will find a much better game and app experience on the Nexus 9 or iPad Air 2.

The display, the sound, the Amazon extras, are all enough to make the Fire HDX 8.9 worth considering, but there are too many weak spots for an unreserved recommendation. 

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Wired

Tack-sharp, vibrant screen, superb battery life

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There is a weak spot with the new HDX, and it’s a predictable one. While the tablet is an excellent piece of hardware for watching movies, surfing the Web, and playing games, you won’t find all your favorite iOS or Android apps in the cordoned-off halls of Amazon’s Appstore. Still, many major offerings are there (Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, HBO Go, Evernote, and plenty of games). But the most painful gaps are all the Google services: There’s no Gmail, no Google Maps, no Chrome, no Google Drive, no official YouTube app. You’re basically stuck with the HDX’s proprietary browser (Silk), maps, and email client. They’re fine, but Google’s options are better...

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There is a weak spot with the new HDX, and it’s a predictable one. While the tablet is an excellent piece of hardware for watching movies, surfing the Web, and playing games, you won’t find all your favorite iOS or Android apps in the cordoned-off halls of Amazon’s Appstore. Still, many major offerings are there (Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, HBO Go, Evernote, and plenty of games). But the most painful gaps are all the Google services: There’s no Gmail, no Google Maps, no Chrome, no Google Drive, no official YouTube app. You’re basically stuck with the HDX’s proprietary browser (Silk), maps, and email client. They’re fine, but Google’s options are better.

Add everything up, and you get an excellent, reasonably priced tablet for your lean-back multimedia horseplay. The HDX 8.9 looks great, feels great, sounds great, and performs great, even if it won’t bowl you over with bold new flavors. 

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SlashGear

A pretty one-way path

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In using the HDX 8.9, I find myself able to do core things I want in a tablet, like email or gaming, and watching movies is a breeze.

The screen on the HDX 8.9 is phenomenal, which only makes you want to watch movies and TV on it. The touchscreen is responsive, too. Interacting with the device is a pleasure.

Amazon’s ecosystem, though — it’s lacking. Badly. Even though you get 500 Amazon Coins (which amounts to $5) to spend on things, there are plenty of omissions from the Amazon ecosystem....

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In using the HDX 8.9, I find myself able to do core things I want in a tablet, like email or gaming, and watching movies is a breeze.

The screen on the HDX 8.9 is phenomenal, which only makes you want to watch movies and TV on it. The touchscreen is responsive, too. Interacting with the device is a pleasure.

Amazon’s ecosystem, though — it’s lacking. Badly. Even though you get 500 Amazon Coins (which amounts to $5) to spend on things, there are plenty of omissions from the Amazon ecosystem.

Still, I found a lot of core apps available. Apps like Spotify or NBA 2K15 are there, and I can even watch Netflix on this gorgeous screen.

Your favorite email client or other productivity app won’t be there, though. Neither will any Google app, or many photo editing apps you might take advantage of on other platforms. If you subscribe to a social app that isn’t one of the major players, it won’t be here, either (sorry, Path users).

The word “if” has been used a lot in this review, and with good cause. If you’re looking for a one-way street, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a great option. So long as you’re into consuming media more than you like apps or productivity, you’ll love your HDX 8.9.

If you’re looking for more from a tablet, options abound elsewhere. 

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Mashable

A great tablet at an even greater price

from Mashable

At $379 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 costs $120 less than a comparably equipped iPad Air 2. There are caveats, like the fact that the iPad Air 2 includes biometric finger-print reading technology, but most people won’t miss the convenience of unlocking their tablet with a touch...

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At $379 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 costs $120 less than a comparably equipped iPad Air 2. There are caveats, like the fact that the iPad Air 2 includes biometric finger-print reading technology, but most people won’t miss the convenience of unlocking their tablet with a touch.

For those looking for a more budget-friendly device that doesn’t skimp on quality, features and performance, and one that offers better parental controls (actual accounts!) than the iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a clear winner. 

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Laptop Magazine

Brilliant screen, long battery life and great parental controls

from Laptop Magazine

Impressive battery life and comprehensive parental controls are just a couple of great reasons to buy the $379 Fire HDX 8.9. The high-resolution display is stunning, and you get fast performance and a suite of exclusive features for getting the most out of Amazon's vast library of content.
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Impressive battery life and comprehensive parental controls are just a couple of great reasons to buy the $379 Fire HDX 8.9. The high-resolution display is stunning, and you get fast performance and a suite of exclusive features for getting the most out of Amazon's vast library of content.

On the other hand, you won't get the full Google Play app store and the base model of 16GB doesn't offer enough onboard storage. I'd recommend that you pick up the 32GB model, which will still cost you $70 less than the $499 iPad Air 2. Overall, the HDX is still a much better tablet for play than it is for work, but it's one that I highly recommend.

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PC Magazine

The best value tablet for media out there

from PC Magazine

At $379, the Fire HDX 8.9" is a lower-cost alternative to higher-quality, high-priced tablets like the Editors' Choice Apple iPad Air 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Although it only has 16GB of internal storage, Amazon's reliance on the cloud and streaming helps mitigate that—provided you use this tablet as directed...

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At $379, the Fire HDX 8.9" is a lower-cost alternative to higher-quality, high-priced tablets like the Editors' Choice Apple iPad Air 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Although it only has 16GB of internal storage, Amazon's reliance on the cloud and streaming helps mitigate that—provided you use this tablet as directed.

That's the plus and the minus of the Fire tablet series in a nutshell. Amazon makes it clear: This is not an Android tablet. It's an Amazon tablet. And while that may give a lot of geeks the heebie-jeebies, it's a simple, clear path for people who don't want to worry about the technical details of their tablets. The Amazon media stores, FreeTime, and Mayday all come together in one theme, which is creating a tablet experience with even more hand-holding (and thus less flexibility) than Apple provides. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 21, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 4 (Based on Android)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 23.1 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 9.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 375 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 339 pixels
Size 8.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Image stabilization, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments GPS and Mobile Hotspot only available on 4G version.
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