The "1-Minute" Review
At the last Amazon press event, a lot of people expected Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to unveil a 10-inch Android tablet. However, instead of a 10-incher, Bezos unveiled the Fire HD 8.9": a Kindle equipped with a 9-inch high-definition screen and 1920x1200 pixel resolution.
Based on early reviews, this Kindle appears to run a lot faster than the original. This is due in part to its 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor and 1GB of onboard RAM. Internal storage starts at 16GB and can go up to 32GB, plus users can use Amazon cloud storage to back up and download all kinds of data. This particular tablet is one of the most well-equipped mobile computing devices ever announced with Android. Which by the way, is version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Most reviewers agree that those looking for tight integration with Amazon's catalog of movies, music, games and books would be well served by this tablet. If you're one whose been pining for a slightly larger version of the original Fire, you'll probably love the HD 8.9”.
Need to Know: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9”
1. 9-inch capacitive touchscreen display features native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. (The Good)
2. Designed to work well with Amazon’s various online services. (The Good)
3. Default software is an older version of the Android operating system. (The Bad)
4. Lacks Google Play for Android applications. (The Bad)