Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, 64 GB

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  1. B. Tarbuck says:
    3,835 of 3,969 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    KF HDX 8.9 is ok; do homework on Prime download before you buy, November 9, 2013
    B. Tarbuck

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    This review is for the the no-ad 64 GB wifi-only HDX 8.9. To Amazon’s credit it arrived about 2 weeks earlier than originally claimed.

    I have a Galaxy S3 Android smartphone so the HDX is for media / web surfing. Since I had already been using Amazon Prime and Cloud Music it was a no brainer for me to use the HDX to fill the role of media / web surfing on a tablet.

    Be informed about the download limitations to this device. Amazon has been adding clarification to this which should help would-be purchasers make a more informed opinion. This wasn’t as obvious as it should have been when I ordered mine so they’re listening which is good.

    Be aware that their most popular Prime content *may* not be available to download to your HDX. Caddyshack can be downloaded but not The Hunger Games. You can download certain videos but you won’t know which ones until you buy an HDX and try it out. There is no banner (like the Prime banner on the movie icon) to show that it’s content you can download to the HDX. You have to open the content to check. *** Edited 12/21: You can now see a list of Prime movies and shows that can be downloaded to the device. That’s an improvement and more clearly shows the available downloadable Prime content. Nice job Amazon. ***

    I was also under the assumption that you could download as many videos as you’d like with the limiting factor being the memory capacity of the HDX. Also NOT the case. So again, I bought the larger capacity HDX under this assumption. That was dumb on my part as it turns out because you’re not limited by storage capacity. You’re limited the NUMBER of downloads you can have on your device. Many people will opt up for the 64 GB device like I did only to find that 16 GB would likely do fine since it would be hard to download enough content to fill 64 GB. As another commenter pointed out if you downloaded long movies in full HD perhaps you’d really want the bigger device. Which brings me to the final point.

    The final criticism is that once you start watching content you have to finish watching the content within 48 hours or you need to reconnect to the internet. Again, I was surprised to find out that the content I downloaded expired. Hopefully these criticisms lead to a more informed purchase decision on your part.

    Here is the official word from Amazon which is indeed on their site and the purpose for my edit. I was unable to find this prior to my purchase and learned about it only after I acquired the device.

    * Many (but not all as I note above) Prime Instant Video titles are also available for download on Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HDX devices. The detail page for each Prime Instant Video title indicates whether the title is available for download. You can download available titles to only two separate devices at one time. If you have already downloaded a title to two devices, you need to delete it from one of them before downloading it to another device.

    * You can have a maximum of 25 total Prime Instant Video titles downloaded at a time across all devices associated with your account. While not all Prime Instant Video titles are available for download, the same videos may be available for rental or purchase from Amazon Instant Video, and rented or purchased titles can be downloaded to compatible devices.

    * Viewing Period: If you have a Prime membership or Prime free trial, you can stream any video that is currently designated as a Prime Instant Video title on its detail page. You can watch Prime Instant Video titles that you’ve downloaded within a limited viewing period, which varies by title. A typical viewing period is either 48 hours after you start watching the title or 15 or 30 days after the download, whichever is earlier. We’ll typically notify you when the viewing period for a title is close to expiring. After your Prime membership or Prime free trial expires or is cancelled, you cannot watch any Prime Instant Video titles unless you’ve also rented or purchased that title.

    So my recommendations are this. Amazon is a great company, one that I have committed to in a big way with Cloud Music, Prime and now the HDX. They need to be more upfront about the download limitations and I’m very disappointed that I’ve had to discover these limitations on my own and feel it is important to convey that to others who may be considering this device over others based solely on the much touted video download feature.

    Also the rear facing camera in my particular device only works properly 30% of the time. There is some weird RGB output happening. It’s not even close to the Galaxy S3 quality or acquisition speed so just don’t expect that the camera will replace your SLR and you won’t be disappointed.

    The rest of the device is great. All my Cloud music magically appeared and it is very easy to…

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  2. Kimberly R. Norton "KRN" says:
    2,498 of 2,589 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rocks! Power Adapter included, Prime download clarification, November 6, 2013
    Kimberly R. Norton “KRN” (Fort Worth, TX) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:59 Mins

    If you like the Kindle Fire HD then you will love the Kindle Fire HDX. The new device runs three times faster, is lighter in weight, and the battery lasts slightly longer. The sound quality on this device is excellent and the display quality is absolutely stunning. Below are some of the features to expect from the Fire HDX.

    —There is NO blue haze on the 8.9″ HDX.
    —The build quality is excellent.
    —Auto contrast is good (not buggy).
    —Operating system is very intuitive except after downloading free prime videos to watch offline. If you remove the videos from your Carousel then, from the video menu, you must go to the left side bar, and click *downloads* to see your videos.

    ✔ PRIME DOWNLOAD ISSUES (free video download limitations)
    Prime members can download selected Prime Instant Videos to watch when not connected to the internet. There are major restrictions imposed on prime videos as listed below.
    —Not all Prime titles are available for download.
    —Most popular prime titles are NOT available for download.
    —There is a max of 25 titles that can be downloaded free at any one time.
    —Prime titles have a viewing period.
    —Viewing period is either 48 hours after you start watching the video, or 15-30 days (which ever comes first).
    —After the viewing period expires you need to reconnect to the internet.
    —Titles can be downloaded to only two separate devices at a time.
    —If you exceed the device quota then you must delete one of the titles before adding to another device.
    —There is no way to know which titles can be downloaded unless you have the HDX (amazon does not place a banner on the titles other than to say PRIME).
    —Videos you purchase do not have a viewing period.

    —Verify your kindle is set for the correct TIME ZONE or you might have glitches.
    —If you cannot see your apps or any other items on the CLOUD then you probably need to RESET your device.
    —Filling the device to the max with videos then trying to delete a video might turn your kindle into a brick.

    —Yes, you get a Kindle Power charger! Previously this had to be purchased separately ($19).

    —You can view an item with the integrated Office Suite but you cannot edit the item unless you upgrade to the professional version and paying $4.99. That is, the HDX has a built in OfficeSuite shell, not the full functional program. Hint: Use your 500 free coins to get the upgrade free.

    ✔ No HDMI port (MIRACAST instead)
    —There is no HDMI port. To view kindle content on a television you need a Miracast enabled receiver (which can be your tv or a Dongle you connect to your tv). Although this is all done wirelessly, you are not using your local wi-fi connection, the receiver creates its own adhoc network.

    —The picture quality on the HDX is stunning. It is noticeably better than the HD, there is no comparison between the two of them.

    ✔ SOUND
    —The sound on this device is about the same as the Fire HD.

    —Faster. A lot faster than the HD!

    —The volume and power buttons are on the back of the device instead of the side. Fortunately the power button is on a different side than the volume buttons.

    —There is white secondary text on the virtual keyboard buttons which makes information easier to read. On the HD, the secondary text is black which is difficult to read on dark gray keys.

    ✔ KARAOKE (X-Ray)
    —You can now get x-ray on your music which shows the lyrics line-by-line. This feature is not available with all songs.

    —This new device will soon support printing documents straight from the kindle. Previously needed a .99 cents app.

    —This model can be purchased as 64GB without having 4G connectivity.

    ✔ MAYDAY Customer support
    —Click the Mayday customer support button (in the Quick Settings) and you can see the rep but they cannot see you. I have used Mayday about three times and it is wonderful.

    ✔ REAR AND FRONT CAMERA (Important information)
    —The HDX includes a rear facing camera with an LED flash. There is also a front facing camera. On the HD there is only a front facing camera and no flash.
    ♦Important: once you take a photo it automatically goes to the CLOUD storage. Please do not take any images that you do not want floating around in cyber space!

    ✔ Special Offers
    —As before, Special Offers show up as screen savers. They are much better than the…

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  3. Steve the Amazon Reviewer "Reviewing is my gr... says:
    2,393 of 2,501 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An enlarged version of the 7″ HDX – Same good internal components with a nicer screen- still a battery hog though, November 7, 2013
    Steve the Amazon Reviewer “Reviewing is my gr… (Always on Amazon-Always Reviewing!) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

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    Simply put, this is the Amazon’s iPad Air Killer. The 7” HDX is the iPad mini killer. Both HDXs inherent very similar hardware. This means the 8.9” version is an enlarged version of the 7” version. For my 7” version review, please search for my HDX 7” review.
    My profile: I’m a heavy tablet user for personal and business purposes. I work on my tablet around 4-5 hours a day (Email / Documents / Spreadsheet / PDF) & use the tablet 1-2 hours for personal use such as watching movies or reading books/magazine. The HDX tablet is my go-to device for all internet related search I do. It is also my main electronic device, more important than my smartphones and laptops

    I have the following and/or used the following before:

    1) iPad 1
    2) iPad 2
    3) iPad 4
    4) iPad Mini
    5) Kindle Fire
    6) Kindle Fire HD
    7) Kindle Fire HD 8.9
    8) Asus Transformer with Keyboard
    9) Nexus 7 First Gen
    10) Kindle HDX 7” – which I also have a review you can check out
    As you can see, I been through many devices and hope this review with my experience helps users decide if this is the right device for them. This will be an ongoing review for this device throughout this year. For comparison sake, I will use last year’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and also the Fire HDX 7” as benchmarks

    Speed (9/10):

    The same chipset is used on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 as it is in the Kindle Fire 7” As I mentioned in the 7” review, this is leaps and bounds faster than last year Kindle HD. Last year Kindle struggles to go through any HD video content I put in. This year’s HDX able to play seamlessly all the HD 1080p contents I added. It is incredible how much the 2.2Ghz quad processor improved vs last year’s model Dual 1.2Ghz.

    Screen (9/10):
    This screen is a much bigger step up from the original HD 8.9 1920×1200 screen to the Kindle Fire HDX screen at 2,560 x 1,600. The screen is comparable to the iPad Air which I saw in Apple store and text is crystal clear now with such a high per pixel inch density. The viewing angle is just as impressive as you can hang the kindle in the middle of the car and at any seat it is view very clearly. Last year’s model was not as clear as this. The overall screen improvement for this year’s Kindle lineup is just impressive

    Sound (8/10):
    The sound system in this Kindle Fire HDX is using Dolby Digital Plus with virtual 5.1 surround sound. Similar to the 7” that gives this device a much better surround sound then previous generation’s.

    Build (8/10):
    Like the 7” HDX, this 8.9 HDX is more “angular” than last year’s device. It’s slightly rougher to hold in the corners than last year’s model due to sharper edges though I doubt any users will hold their tablet by their corners.

    The biggest improvement is the weight for this HDX 8.9 compared to last year’s HD 8.9, the device is noticeable lighter (567g for Kindle Fire HD vs 374g for Kindle Fire HDX). This mean you can hold this for longer time without fatigue. It’s also lighter than iPad Air and that’s quite impressive.

    The power and volume button placement on this Kindle Fire HDX is interesting. It is behind the device which allows it to hide away from front view. However, this can cause user to accidentally hit the on/off button or the volume button when not being careful. Aesthetically it is great but it is definitely not a practical solution when you are trying to use this on the go.

    It does look sturdy enough to survive minor drop but I highly recommend getting a case for it. Those sharp corners seems more prone to dents than round corners for last year’s model.

    Battery (6/10):
    With higher resolution similar to the kindle fire hdx 7, the battery life is still the biggest drawback. As mentioned in my HDX 7” review, it takes more to power to drive the battery now thanks to the screen upgrade. Anything on the screen requires higher resolution = more power draw. The 2650×1600 screen pulls a lot of power still compare to last year’s model when the screen is on, especially when running HD videos. It maybe fine for casual use but for people who are more absent minded in charging or require this for business productivity purpose, it can be quite annoying when your batteryrunning out of power. Regardless, how much power saving features you have, it seems that the screen resolution is still taking most of the power. I’m able to pull 7 hours of moderately heavy usage vs 9.5 hours for last year’s Kindle Fire HD at medium brightness with Wi-fi on all the time. Again, if something like a battery case is available, that will be great. Otherwise, it will be wise to find an external battery pack for this just in case.

    Software & software compatibility (8/10):
    The amount of app is still…

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  4. rpv says:
    1,150 of 1,245 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent form factor, and good improvement from previous model, July 7, 2013
    rpv (California) –
    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White) (Personal Computers)

    There are too many tablets these days, right?! Samsung’s third generation of Galaxy Tab series is highly anticipated and for this price point phenomenal. I have been using Galaxy Tab 2 and I will compare and contrast here. I played around with review units of all sizes and I have since returned them. My reviews are unbiased and neutral! First, if you have not had any tablets before, Get THIS! Yes, Get this 7″. It is ideal for plane trips, long journeys. I had used a 7″ Tablet on a long journey to listen to songs and read epub books (Aldiko) and it was a very pleasant experience. 7″ form factor is lightweight, compact and great. If you are a bit experienced and can afford it, I highly recommend the 8″. In my opinion 8″ is the maximum value for the money and features and hence I gave 8″ a 5 star. I gave 7″ a 4 star (but no means undermining it). I gave the 10″ also a 4 star because of some strange spec `limitations’.

    Samsung has introduced 7″, 8″ and 10.1″ of the Tab 3 series. They are entering all form factors. As I know they have something in 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10″ lines. Woo.. All of the 7, 8, 10″ Galaxy Tabs come in white and golden brown color. My preference is white color. Looks pretty!

    Let’s start off with salient points of all of the Galaxy Tab 3 series. I will later compare with the previous Tab 2 model.

    7-inch tablet: 1024 x 600, Marvell dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 10.58 oz. (300 grams). Android 4.1.2

    8-inch model: 1280 x 800, Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB ram, 16GB of built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 5MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 10.9 oz. (309 grams) Android 4.2

    10.1-inch model: 1280 x 800, Intel Atom 1.6GHz Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 16GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3.2MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 17.99 oz. (510 grams). Android 4.2

    I am not going into other details like accelerometer etc. as they are all standard these days, Audio support – AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WMA/ASF, 3GA/M4A, FLAC, WAV; MP3/MP4/Music Tones; Music Player; Ringtones, Polyphonic. Video support: AVI/DIVX, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, MP4/3GP, WEBM; Video Player; Video Streaming. Software is current of release date, and it is expected could be upgraded as next version Android 5 Key Lime Pie. (Currently targeted for Oct 2013). Key Lime Pie’s one of the main touting points is compatibility to avoid fragmentation, so I can foresee, all of these models being able to upgrade if Google keeps their promise.

    The 7″ has a physical home button so are others in the series. Also has capacitive Back and Menu buttons. Camera is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for skype, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is also equipped with an IR blaster so it will work as a universal remote on both your TV and cable box. Camera is only so and so, and I will not rely on it to produce outstanding photos. Weighs only 300 gm. 64 GB SD card is awesome! With prices plummeting for 64 GB cards, it is a great boon. Put all your music, books, photos on the SD card and you have a powerful computer in hand always! I personally use the 64 GB microSD card on my mobile devices. Get this mobileUltra (SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 6 Memory Card with SD Adapter – Retail Packaging.

    Galaxy Tab 2 is 345 grams, so Tab 3 is lighter by 45 grams. Processors are similar 1.2 GHz dual core in Tab 3 Vs 1 GHz dual core in Tab 2. Resolutions are same with Tab 2 1024 x 600 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density). Tab 3 supports up to 64 GB whereas Tab2 is 32 GB. Not a big deal unless you have tons of video/photo/ebooks/music you want to carry with you all the time. I use a mixture of on device storage + Google Music + box for my data needs. Battery is also same between Tab 2 and Tab 3 7″ versions – Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery.

    Both have Bluetooth 3.0. I cannot confirm still if Tab 3 7″ supports OTG. I know for sure Tab 3 8″ supports as I tested it. USB Host is one of the most undernoticed features of Androids and is in my opinion one of the best features compared to iPad lines. What this means you get a USB Host cable also otherwise called OTG (On the Go) cables and plug in your USB thumb drive or other USB devices and the device recognizes it. I have used it with Alfa AWUS036H for a wireless project with Android PCAP Capture from reputable Kismet wireless. Another much ignored feature is the TV-out (via MHL A/V link). Unfortunately the 7″ does not support it whereas 8in and 10.1 in supports it. You can connect Galaxy devices to a TV to make it truly a fantastic computer if the…

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  5. Daisy S "Daisy S" says:
    803 of 870 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Easy to Use Tablet and Comfortable To Hold In One Hand! A Detailed Review, July 25, 2013
    Daisy S “Daisy S” (Hot Springs, AR) –

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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White) (Personal Computers)
    This tablet, I have used and tested thoroughly and found that it does have overall advantages. So as a techie, I tested this tablet out and below I will list what I have found to be the Pros and Cons of this tablet.

    If you are looking for: a lightweight tablet that is very easy to hold in one hand comfortably and you want a basic and easy to use tablet, then consider this tablet. While it does not have every bell and whistle installed on it, it is a good choice for: Checking emails, Getting Online, Looking at Pictures, Watching Home Movies. And as a bonus, if you request it, I will share with you how to get Archived Flash so you can watch online videos on the tablet. And I encourage you to ask me questions in the comments (should you have a question) about this tablet and I will answer all questions. Here are the Pros and the Cons below.


    1- WiFi connects easily and the signal is good in most places I tested.
    2- The advantage of having a SD card slot that will hold up to 64GB.
    3- Small and lightweight. Comfortable to carry around and place in backpack or briefcase easily.
    4- Micro USB Port – This is common in most tablets these days, but the older Tab 2 line did not have micro port but the propriety wider port.
    5- Screen clarity – For me, I found this screen easy to read eBooks on and view internet pages.

    – Low internal storage – this tablet comes with 8GB internal storage (advertised). Because the OS takes up room, apps etc, take up room, the tablet just has about 4.7GB in the internal storage. This is not good because when you install an app from the Playstore, it goes onto your internal storage not on the External SD card. (The external SD card is meant for personal files such as your music, photos, home movies,etc).
    **The GOOD NEWS IS: If you do not install a lot of huge games onto this tablet, you will probably do just fine with this storage.

    Bottom line and Summary:

    ** Price and New to Tablet Person (or for a child/student) – For the low cost of about 160 dollars, this tablet will make a very nice FIRST TABLET or a TABLET FOR KIDS as it is a lower cost tablet that is easy to learn and has lots of features for the money. For just 160 dollars or so new, I find this a very good buy and this tablet may just be the one for you.

    ** Experienced Tablet Person – If this is NOT your first tablet and you want a higher end tablet, and want to spend just a little bit more say about 90 more dollars, then you may want to consider the Tab 3 8.0 with 16GB of internal storage and larger screen etc. Also there are many very nice 7 inch tablets out there to choose from that have better specs and better screen resolution and better internal storage.


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  6. Arnab says:
    409 of 484 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent product and a great choice, July 7, 2013

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White) (Personal Computers)
    I have an ipad,which I use for everyday.Was looking for something portable and cheaper for travel. I bought this product after a thorough research on all the contemporary products at this range.
    Samsung has done great with the package and look. I got mine in white and it looks great,easy to carry especially if you read when you travel . Good thing they added the home button which makes the navigation much simpler and faster. Memory is expandable upto 64 gb. Comes with an unique feature tv remote,it’s pretty cool to be able o control ur smart tv without any additional hardware. It has a sensor which communicates perfect with various brands of tv. The difference of this remote from the other ones,is this does not require the tv to be on network. Samsung watch on is a great feature, I think this wasn’t there in the earlier versions. Jelly bean processor,1.2 ghz dual core processor makes the navigation much smoother than galaxy tab 2. The price is a big plus for this one. Now comes the cons. The voice assist feature is very very slow and robotic compared to Siri. The wifi connectivity needs improvement. It’s not that fast compared to apple( but you get what you pay for). One more negative point is the resolution , kindle fire hd and nexus has hd resolution for the same price when this product comes with hundred times lesser resolution of 1024*800. Don’t know why samsung dint add hd which is very very common in the recent devices. Other than all this ,if you are looking a easy to carry,light,smart and stylish device with a great storage and most Importantly cheaper tab, then this is the one for you


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