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Price$269.00-$299.00

Kindle retains its title as one of the most reliable tablets around. In September 2012, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 was introduced which is described as the best tablet at any price. The new version offers a bigger package compared to the previous Kindle Fire HD 7. There are a number of adjustments to look forward to as well. Avid ebook readers and Kindle fans should know more about these specifications.

Basic Specifications

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a tablet powered by the Android 4.0 operating system. It measures 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm only and weighs 20 ounces. The name was derived from its physical size of 8.9 inches which is a tad higher than the 7 inches of its predecessor. It offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a pixel density of 254 ppi with IPS LCD technology. The screen is capacitive and multi-touch. There is also a light sensor and scratch-resistant glass for extra protection.

Amazon Kindle FireThe Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features the TI OMAP4470 chip and dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a speed of 1500 MHz. Its graphics processor is the PowerVR SGX544 with a capacity of 384MHz. The device has a system memory of 1024MB RAM plus a built in storage of 32GB. There is a camcorder with video-calling features and a 1.3 MP front camera. There is also a music player with the Dolby Digital Plus feature and stereo speakers. Internet browsing is possible through the Wi-Fi positioning capability. Other features included in the phone are the document viewer, email and calendar.

More Specifications

The ebook reader can support a variety of formats such as AZW, PRC, DOC, TXT, DOCX and PDF. It can also support still photos in JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP. There are stereo speakers and a microphone. Other digital audio formats supported include MP3, AAC, WAV, OGG, MIDI and AMR. The Kindle 8.9 has an ambient light sensor and gyro sensor. The package includes the USB cable and manual. It also comes with a limited warranty for 1 year.

Many users admire the display which is more than adequate for ebook reading and watching videos. The colors are very rich and sharp so you can watch HD videos or play games without any problems. The colors are produced vividly. There are also a variety of ways to get and watch videos such as through the microHDMI port or downloading from Amazon directly. Performance is above average according to most users and the user interface is a lot better compared to its predecessors because of ease-of-navigation.

The Verdict

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 costs $299 which is a bit pricey considering how other top companies are also coming up with more reasonably priced tablets without compromising the features and power. Individuals who are highly involved in Amazon content will find the device to be suitable as their top pick. It features high definition and also looks and feels great. It retains the uniqueness that the Amazon Kindle is known for and catches up with the technological changes that other gadgets have to offer.

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