Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – Review
On November 20, Amazon will certainly release two brand-new versions of the Kindle Fire HD. Both will certainly sport 8.9-inch screens and consist of a Wi-Fi-only variation ($ 299 for 16GB and $ 369 for 32GB) and a 4G LTE design ($ 499 for 32GB and $ 599 for 64GB).
In addition to their bigger screens, each will sport a greater resolution and a quicker CPU/GPU combination compared to the 7-inch model.
Things that the 7-inch Fire HD informed us about the 8.9
I assessed the 7-inch Fire HD last week and got a few quick moments to play with the 8.9-inch version at Amazon’s press party in very early September. Design-wise, the 8.9-inch version is essentially a super-size 7-inch style. It has the same beveled backside, micro-HDMI, a micro-USB charging and information port, a 720p front-facing camera on the top of the bezel, and the exact same way-too-flush volume and power buttons on the right edge. The back still includes a tabletwide black strip with speaker grilles at either end of it. The 8.9-inch model is thinner than the 7-inch one, sporting a 0.35-inch depth. It’s just a hair thinner than the iPad (2012), and felt rather light in my really brief time holding it.
Amazon picked not to feature a real power adapter with the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and will certainly not include one with the 8.9 design. You? ll still get the Micro-USB-to-USB cable that serves as both a charging (connect to your COMPUTER to juice up the battery) and a data cable television.
The 8.9 design will certainly sport the same refined Android 4.0-based interface all new Kindle Fires attribute. Of course you’ll get access to all the new attributes like X-Ray for movies, X-Ray for publications, Whispersync for audio, and Immersion Reading.
The 7-inch version did display some performance sluggishness nonetheless, however we hope by the time the 8.9-inch version launches, Amazon will certainly have hammered out such concerns. Additionally, as far as I know, advertisements will still appear on the lock display unless you pay the $ 15 opt-out cost.
The 8.9 does things that the 7-inch doesn’t
As similar as they are in design, there are some crucial distinctions between the two Fire HD sizes. The apparent difference is the 8.9? s larger display, but it? ll additionally sport a higher 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution, the highest yet for a sub-10-inch tablet. To support the higher resolution, the 8.9 will house a Texas Instruments’ dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4470 with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU for graphics. This will ideally indicate much-improved graphics in games and smoother, quicker navigation with the tablet’s interface compared with the Fire HD 7-inch; however, the boost in performance capability could be balanced out by the higher resolution.
How much is 4G?
The 4G variation of the Fire HD 8.9 will be identical to the Wi-Fi just version, but will certainly sport a superfast cellular connection, with a starting cost of $ 499.
$ 499 is kind of a high cost for a line of tablets that has so far prided itself on low prices, however the actual cellular plan appears less expensive than things that’s currently readily available on tablets. For $ 50, Amazon offers 250MB per month for 12 months. Both 3GB and 5GB regular monthly plans are also available, however there are no details just yet on cost. For contrast, 4G on the iPad expenses $ 15 per month ($ 180 each year) for the exact same quantity of information. A proposition that’s $ 130 more costly than the Fire HD.
I guess what’s unusual to me is the preliminary $ 200 jump in price. Now I’m sure some of that goes to the price of the real cellular equipment, but it’s probably the licensing charges that really jack up the cost. That’s simply me suspecting however.
Like with the 7-inch Fire HD, the 8.9-inch variation will undoubtedly attract Amazon Prime members. For $ 79 per year, members get access to Amazon’s streaming movies and TELEVISION programs and can easily borrow one publication per month with no due date.
The Fire HD doesn’t provide the freedom a more open-feeling tablet like the iPad or a nearly entirely customizable tablet like the Transformer Infinity does. What it does offer is a fairly low-cost means to experience a bigger form factor tablet with access to tons of publications, motion pictures, and TELEVISION shows at a greatly reduced cost. For some, that may be all they’re seeking.
If you’re thinking about preordering now, you might want to wait a bit. Both Apple and Barnes and Noble are rumored to introduce brand-new tablets prior to the 8.9′s November release date.