Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9in review
Amazon upgrades its Android-based tablet with a bigger, better screen
Review Date: 4 Apr 2013
Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith
Price when reviewed: £191 (16GB, £191 (£229 inc VAT); 32GB, £216 (£259 inc VAT). Without ads: 16GB, £199 (£239 inc VAT); 32GB, £224 (£269 inc VAT) inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
|Part Code||Kindle Fire HD 8.9in|
|Review Date||4 Apr 2013|
|Price ex VAT||£191|
|Price inc VAT||16GB, £191 (£229 inc VAT); 32GB, £216 (£259 inc VAT). Without ads: 16GB, £199 (£239 inc VAT); 32GB, £224 (£269 inc VAT)|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Features & Design|
|Value for Money|
|Dimensions||239 x 163 x 9mm (WDH)|
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,080|
|Resolution screen vertical||1,920|
|CPU frequency, MHz||2MHz|
|Mobile operating system||Android 4|
Amazon App Store is a Joke
My daughter has the Kindle Fire HD 7" and while it is a fine tablet the app situation really annoys me. If you want BBC iPlayer, ITV player or even YouTube you need to locate the apk files and sideload them. This is really not as simple as it sounds and I came across some dodgy sites claiming to have the .apk files. Just be careful where you try to get them from!
By dwmoook on 4 Apr 2013
"However, since no-one else is offering a full-size Android tablet at this price, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9in’s foibles could be worth putting up with."
Bet you wish you had not typed that out.
Archos Platinum 97HD £229 on Amazon (!) quad core cpu, 8 core graphics, 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS panel, fully google play certified. OK its only 8gb but the SD card slot accepts 64gb media.
or the Titanium version for sub £200 with dual core cpu and quad core graphics.
I am sure there are many others.
By davidk1962 on 4 Apr 2013
The Kindle Fire is also a gateway to Amazon’s Lovefilm streaming service.
This is the only reason to by a kindle fire. Otherwise, it's nothing special and more expensive that the nexus.
By JamesD29 on 4 Apr 2013
Buy a dictionary
To Darien Graham-Smith
Buy yourself a dictionary and stop using words you don't understand:- (Equivocal:calculus:consuming)!!
By oldpedant on 4 Apr 2013
You'd have to really dislike movies to want to watch them on a 9-inch screen.
By nelviticus on 4 Apr 2013
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