Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Released November, 2012
New: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (Oct, 2013)
  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
The 7-inch display is sharp, and with a resolution of 1280x800 and a pixel density of 216ppi, it's considerably sharper than the iPad mini.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
7.7 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
8.1
Nexus 10
8.6
Passmark and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
7.0
Nexus 10
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
6.8
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
8.8
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 1 more

7.7

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
7.7
Nexus 10
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
2,384

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
3,221

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
3.2 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
12.4 fps
Nexus 10
39.8 fps
Kobo Arc
35.2 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9


8.0
In fact, Whispersync can save your place in compatible games too via the new GameCircle that also handles social gaming.

8.1
Images and text are sharper thanks to the higher resolution and higher contrast of the screen.

8.0
Running the Sunspider javascript benchmark, the Kindle Fire HD attained a score of 1878ms, which is on-par with higher mid-range tablets and smartphones.

8.0
It's solid in the hand, with none of the creak you find in many budget Android tablets.

Overall

7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

It has a large 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen that facilitates Amazon's current Kindle Fire interface better than the 7-incher.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The display is pleasantly sharp.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
The display on the Kindle Fire HD packs a decent resolution of 1280 x 800 with a ppi of 216.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

Apps

While watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, I found the Fire HD's speakers deliver clear, loud (if you need it to be) sound that's noticeably better than what I've heard from other tablets.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Its performance in just about everything beats all other tablets, and it's the best doorway to the most and highest-quality apps you can find on any mobile device.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Aside from the mentioned email, calendar and contacts apps, Amazon has included IMDb (which, as I've said, integrates nicely with video).
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

Wifi

Amazon has ditched the MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) technology that boosted Wi-Fi speeds on the last model, sticking to plain old Dual Band Wi-Fi this time around.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
It also includes 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, and a gyroscope.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Fire HD also includes 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, and a gyroscope.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)

Network technology

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s (Wi-Fi: $269 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB; 4G: $399 for 32GB, $499 for 64GB) design feels more at home with an 8.9-inch screen, compared to the 7-inch version.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Wi-Fi version now starts at $269 (down from $299), and the 4G version's new starting price is $399 (down from $499).
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is Wi-Fi-only, so you won't be able to carry them around and take advantage of 3G connectivity.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

Ports

We rarely devote a section to a tablet's speakers, but the Kindle Fire HD models have remarkably good stereo speakers with Dolby audio.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)
Along the bottom edge directly in the middle are Micro-USB and a Micro-HDMI ports.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Incoming audio was likewise clear and reasonably loud.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1200
PPI 254 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
  5. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No

form factor

Weight 567 g
Size 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour

storage

Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Rear camera 1.3 MP

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz

sensors

Has an accelerometer Yes
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