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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE Review – Best Deal / Pros and Cons

With so many tablet models available in the market, it’s going to take you some time before finding the one that will meet your expectations. But when the market is full of options, chances are you’re going to score a great deal on an affordable tablet with great tech specs and content possibilities.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7” or 8.9” are both great tablets on a budget. They have great ratings in most reviews and everybody agrees they are very capable to deliver a fun and compelling user experience. But when it comes to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE tablet the $599.00 price (on Amazon) might just a little too much, since other devices in the same price category have a lot more to offer (Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Microsoft Surface).

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” remains just as easy and hassle-free to use as its 7-inch version, and while it is slightly thinner (0.35 inch / 0.4), when it comes to design it doesn’t look all that different from the smaller tablet. Sure, the 8.9” features a 1,920-by-1,200 IPS LCD panel that is tight, but it isn’t better than that on iPad 4, Nexus 10 and even Barnes & Noble Nook HD+. So, if that and the huge content made available by Amazon are two very compelling facts for buying the $299 Wi-Fi version, these don’t stand the comparison with the $499.00 and $599.00 versions.

Pros
  • AT&T has a great data plan available for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: only $4.16 a month for 250MB of data per month for a year.
  • Dolby Digital surround sound stereo speakers.
  • Runs on a dual-core OMAP processor at 1.5GHZ, 300 MHz more than the 7” version.
  • Lots and lots of storage for a convenient price.
Cons
  • Amazon’s browser Silk isn’t quite bug-free, and for $499/$599 that’s not exactly a great deal.
  • The screen on Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is good, but not as great as the iPad’s for that price.
  • No rear camera.

Internet connectivity options on a tablet are great price differentiators (Wi-Fi sells for $299.00, 4G and LTE starts at $499.00 with the 32GB tablet). The 4G LTE download speed on Kindle Fire HD 8.9” averaged in Pc Mag’s tests at about 13.5Mbps (upload speed around 6Mbps). Wi-Fi had a much more appealing performance thanks to the dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11n . It averaged to 11 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, but spiked to 31Mbps on the 5GHz band.

The 32GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE tablet is priced at $499.00, while the 62GB sells for $599.00 and while storage and internet connectivity are decisive factor for buying such a device, you’ll still have to review everything you’re getting for such a steep price.

Conclusion Rating
Overall rating
5 stars
Design
4 stars
Features
5 stars
Performance
5 stars

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