Hands-on with Android Powered Kindle Fire HD 8.9

The festive season fast approaching and gadget manufacturers are unveiling new products thick and fast to appease holiday shoppers. This time around, it’s a tablet launched by one of the popular e-reader manufacturers, Amazon. Recently it unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 series, offering customers to choose from 16GB, 32GB, 4G LTE 32GB and 4GL models. We managed to get our hands on the 4G LTE 32GB tablet. A closer look at the design, display, key specifications, software, performance, and battery life of this tablet has been taken.

4G LTE 32GB; A closer look

With the 4G LTE 32GB, Kindle has delivered a larger and better tablet in terms of screen size and superior screen resolution. This one in particular outsmarts its 7-inch predecessor as it comes loaded with a faster processor and it allows superior video streaming. Read on to know more about this tablet.

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Design

This tablet is dark grey in color and it sports a plain look. On its back we found that the thick black strip perfectly blends with its simple look. At the bottom edge somewhere in the middle you will come across a Micro-HDMI and a Micro-USB port. Move on and on the right side you will notice the Power/ Sleep button, volume rocker and a headphone jack.  Right on the top, sitting all by itself is the 3.5mm headphone jack. It is difficult to miss the dual-inch speaker grills on its back that sit on either sides of this tablet. This tablet comes with a smooth rubbery back making it comfortable to hold in your hands. In terms of design we give this tablet full marks.

Key Specifications

The specifications of this tablet did impress us. It weighs around 20 oz and its screen measures 8.9 inches. It comes with an integrated camera and an internal storage of 16GB. The dimensions of this device measure 9.45 x 6.5 x 0.35 inches.

Software

This 8.9 inch tablet is powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich OS and it runs on the same interface as its 7 inch processor. Content like movies, music, books and apps among others are categorically sorted out and they are stored in the cloud. Amazon has entered into partnership deals making available to users books, music and movie digital content right at their fingertips.

To speed up web page rendering there is Silk Browser. This is a cloud accelerated HTML rendering service from Amazon. The X-Ray function of this OS has been expanded to textbooks allowing users to obtain definitions of complicated terms. Definitions can also be obtained from Wikipedia. The X-Ray for movies shows up the IMDb information for the actors in the running scene. FreeTime works as a Parental Control option allowing parents take full control of what their kids’ can and cannot do on this tablet. Advertisements support this tablet. However, by paying around $15 you can get away with them.

Performance and battery life

This tablet runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor. Web pages load fast on this tablet and pinch zooming proves to be highly responsive to touch. Going by what the company advertises, this tablet is believed to have a battery life of about 10 hours. To test its performance we downloaded and played the Angry Birds game and found that it ran perfectly well on this tablet.

Final verdict

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet comes packed with reasonably fast 4G LTE speeds, an incredible High Definition (HD) screen and superior performance. If you are a serious tablet geek, then the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 32GB 4G LTE will gratify your needs.

About Author: This is a guest post by Sharon Thomas of thecornersuite.com, a site that offers savings and current information on dish network internet service.


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