Review Quick Look - Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Consumer Electronics' started by JD666, Aug 25, 2014.

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  1. JD666

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    A gift for the niece -

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    The back side is a nice grippy skin, much much better than the iPad.

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    A to Z

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    The grille hides the speakers behind it. Definitely louder than the iPad 2 I had with me for comparo.

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    The side, clear, no buttons on the right. everything on the left side.

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    The top of the tablet.

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    The left side. Note that the black strip on the left side is just the rear garnish coming all the way around. It was slightly confusing at first, but then you get used to it. Here are the volume, power and headphone jacks.

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    On the bottom we have the Micro-USB port, HDMI out and microphone.

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    The screen (1920x1200) is nice and crisp. Much better than the iPad. Makes reading text a bliss. Video playback is equally good.

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    The apps layout.

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    The drop down menu

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    The home screen.

    The device is Android based, so you can install apps from the Amazon store. I'm pretty sure there would be a root mod somewhere out there that would allow one to root this device and install custom ROMs.

    This could do with an enhanced video player. I could not find screen ratio adjustment anywhere in the default player. Video playback is good, with full HD being displayed without any stutter or lag.

    As a reading device it does excel with the right amount of contrast and font size depending on ambient lighting, never was the screen too bright or too harsh.

    Gameplay was adequate.

    As a device that frees one from iOS/iTunes, this does get a thumbs up, however from one store to another, it switches over to Amazon store.

    For the money it was (13.5k then), it is a suitable alternate to those looking for a quality Android tablet and a replacement to an iPad.

    My Rating - 4/5

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