Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Review

Posted by Mayank on September 8, 2012 in Kindle

Last year, when Amazon introduced Kindle Fire, it quickly grabbed around a quarter of the tablet market because there were not enough choices in the 7″ category (category between smartphones and the iPad). Apple realized this and it is rumored that they will soon launch the 7″ iPad (referred as the iPad Mini as rumors build up).

With Apple challenging Amazon in it’s turf, Amazon has also done the same – they’ve launched 2 tablets in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” category. We compare the specs and features of the Kindle Fire HD tablets and the latest iPads and we will review Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless in this post.

The Kindle HD 8.9″ sports Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, runs super fast 4G LTE and comes in 2 variants – 32GB or 64GB. Let us have a detailed look.
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Quick Look

Rating: ★★★★½

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE is available in 2 variants, 32GB one costs $499 and 64GB variant costs $599. Without any hint of doubt, Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is a great buy. We prefer Kindle Fire HD for $299 because we really do not need blazing fast 4G network. Those who travel a lot will find Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE a pretty good companion.

Either way you see it – Amazon has nailed it! Amazon Fire HD is an absolutely delightful product to have.

Availability: You can pre-order at Amazon. Product ships November 20th.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless Review

Features of Kindle HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless

  • 8.9″ 10 point capacitive touch HD color display; 1920×1200 resolution at 254 ppi, video playback up to 1080p, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology
  • Size – 9.4″ x 6.4″ x 0.35″
  • Weight – 20 ounces (575 grams)
  • No setup needed, no software or computer needed to use or download content
  • Storage – 32GB or 64GB of internal storage plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • 4G Connectivity – 4G LTE 10 band wireless modem with HSPA+, HSDPA, and EDGE/GPRS fallback
  • SB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers
  • 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support for streaming audio to compatible headphones and speakers. Built-in microphone
  • Supports Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)

Detailed Review of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless

The first thing, which strikes you about Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is the vastly reduced cost of ownership. Powered by Ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless from AT&T, you need not go hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. Connect with ultra-fast 4G LTE. You get 250MB a month for 12 months with a one-time payment of $49.99 – no monthly payments are needed. Also, included is 20GB of additional Cloud Drive storage for your photos and more, plus a $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit.

If you need more data, additional 3GB and 5GB data plans from AT&T are also available for purchase. You can sign up for a data plan right from your device.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Display

Almost all tablets now come with HD display. However, unlike many other tablets, Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE also delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing filter and custom anti-glare technology. Display is 1920×1200, capable of playing movies and TV shows in up to 1080p high definition. At 254 ppi, the display on Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE 8.9″ is high enough quality that individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye.

Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass – an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that’s easy to view, even in overhead light.

Awesome Audio with Dolby Stereo

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience, with or without headphones. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology used to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows.

With Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE, we put stereo speakers on both sides of the display for a wide stereo sound-field similar to that of a home stereo, then tuned them to better reproduce low notes. The result – deeper bass in your music, loud, rumbling movie soundtracks, and room-filling stereo sound without distortion, even at higher volumes.

Super Fast Wi-Fi

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE uses dual Wi-Fi antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology for powerful, HD-ready Wi-Fi. This allows reception or transmission over both antennas simultaneously to increase capacity and reliability. End result is 40% faster media streaming, and be able to go further from your wireless hotspot than with other tablets.

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11 Hours Battery Life

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is optimized to deliver high performance with low battery consumption, delivering over 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE offers more storage than most other tablets, as well as free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content.

Office Work

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE sports a new email app, which further simplifies sending mails, viewing attachments, and syncing contacts simple. It supports almost all the email providers – AOL, Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and more. Kindle Fire features full support for Exchange-based accounts making it easy to stay connected when you step away from the office.

Your weekend travel plans, the latest office report – keep your essential information close at hand and backed up on the cloud. Email spreadsheets, PDFs, Word docs and more directly to your device or upload from your PC or Mac using Amazon Cloud Drive.

Kindle Freetime

Kindle FreeTime is a new and free service for parental controls on Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE. Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. Parents can even set daily limits for Kindle Fire HD use and also restrict certain categories like games and videos, while leaving unlimited time for reading.

Kindle Freetime not only gives options to parents,, but, it also has a lot to offer for the kids. When kids use Kindle FreeTime, it’s like they have their very own, personalized tablet. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design. They only see the titles that they have access to see. The home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles. And, they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics – for example “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.”

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is designed to stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes. Display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, so when you leave the Kindle Fire with your child, you need not worry about the device.

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Movie & TV Collection

You can rent or purchase over 120,000 titles, which include the biggest new releases and most popular titles from every major movie studio and TV network including Warner, Fox, Sony, Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Universal, Paramount, and more. Stream instantly over Wi-Fi or download to enjoy later.

Additionally, Amazon Prime members can enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 25,000 popular movies and TV episodes such asIron Man 2ThorRangoThe West WingGlee,SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation without having to pay an extra dime.

Books & Magazines

Kindle Store has over 1.2 million of the most popular books and even millions of free, public domain books such as Pride and Prejudice. Kindle store has over 500 magazines, which include Vogue, National Geographic, Maxim, ESPN and many more.

Over 600,000 books are less than $4.99, over a million are less than $9.99. Additionally Amazon Prime members can borrow over 180,000 titles for free with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Also available is over 180,000 Kindle exclusive titles.

Songs

There are over 20 million songs available in Amazon’s MP3 library. Music you buy on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is saved to the cloud for free, and you can play or download it anytime. You can import the rest of your music library to Amazon Cloud Player and play it wirelessly on your Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE – just tap Music on the Home screen to get started. Browse and search your library, create and manage playlists, play your music from the cloud, or download for offline playback. All your Amazon MP3 purchases and your first 250 imported songs are stored free.

Audiobooks

Audible offers more than 100,000 titles written by best-selling authors and performed by world-class professional narrators. Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off.

With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

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College Textbooks

You save 60% on our massive selection of over 150,000 books students need for class, or up to 80% if you rent through Kindle Textbook Rental. Students can enjoy Prime benefits, such as Prime Instant Video and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library at half the cost, just $39 per year.

Amazon has built a new technology – X-Ray for Textbooks to help you learn more and save time. With a single tap, you’ll get instant access to the glossary definition, find all the relevant pages in the textbook, and get related content from Wikipedia and YouTube.

Amazon Prime

With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can borrow any title from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no waiting and no due dates. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library features over 180,000 titles, including all 7Harry Potter books, and over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers.

Prime members also enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 25,000 popular movies and TV episodes such as Iron Man 2ThorRangoThe West WingGlee,SpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation.

If you’re new to Amazon Prime, you get the first month as free and get unlimited streaming of hit movies and TV episodes, reading a Kindle book a month for free, and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. Arguably, it is one of the best bargain in the history of shopping.

Browsing

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE has a new new, beautifully designed photo app, which makes it easy to swipe through albums, or step in to full-screen viewing. Just tap on individual images to email them to anyone you like.

You can download your albums from Facebook, or use the Amazon Cloud Drive desktop application to upload photos from your PC or Mac. Editing on your device is just as simple, with many popular photo editing apps available in the Amazon Appstore, such asPicSay ProPicShop, and Adobe Photoshop Express.

Web Browsing

Amazon Silk was introduced last year with the original Kindle Fire. It was touted as the fasted web browser. Kindle Fire offers a new version of Amazon Silk, a cloud-accelerated browser, which provides a further 30% reduction in page load times over the previous version.

Comparison of Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire

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Innovative Features in Amazon Kindle Fire HD

  • X-Ray for Movies: Kindle Fire HD uses the power of IMDb to bring Amazon’s exclusive X-Ray service to movies. Simply tap on any scene to instantly see which actors are currently on screen, jump straight to other movies in which they star, and more.
  • X-Ray for Books: Tap on any page as you read to access X-Ray, an easy way to uncover more from the books you love. Instantly find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia.
  • Immersion Reading: With Immersion Reading, the Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.
  • Whispersync for Voice: With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off. Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting.
  • Whispersync for Movies: Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire HD, pause, then resume watching straight from the same scene on your TV. Whispersync remembers your last scene watched across all your apps and devices.
  • Whispersync for Books: Automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. With Kindle reading apps available for phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, you can keep the story going wherever you are.
  • Whispersync for Games: There’s even Whispersync for Games! GameCircle titles with Whispersync automatically store your progress in the cloud, so you’ll never lose an unlocked level or saved game, even if you delete the game from your device.

 

Conclusion

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is available in 2 variants, 32GB one costs $499 and 64GB variant costs $599. Without any hint of doubt, Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is a great buy. We prefer Kindle Fire HD for $299 because we really do not need blazing fast 4G network. Those who travel a lot will find Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE a pretty good companion.

Either way you see it – Amazon has nailed it! Amazon Fire HD is an absolutely delightful product to have.

Further details available at Amazon.

Rating: ★★★★★

Availability: Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is available at Amazon for pre-order. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE will be available on November 20th.

Recommended Accessory:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Standing Leather Case

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Standing Leather Case comes with an innovative cover and has the following features:

  • Designed by Amazon to be the lightest and thinnest protective case for Kindle Fire HD 7″ (does not fit Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD 8.9″)
  • Wake or put your device to sleep by opening or closing the case
  • Secures your device without straps covering the front
  • Magnetic cover stays securely closed
  • Built-in stand allows for hands-free viewing

Details of Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Standing Leather Case are available at Amazon.

Amazon offers a 2-year warranty for Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE, which covers you against accidents starts the day your Kindle is shipped. It includes a mechanical and electrical breakdown coverage and lets you claim up to 3 claims during the term of your warranty. You receive a replacement Kindle 2-3 days after you make a valid claim without any deductibles or shipping fees. This 2-year warranty is fully transferable.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE has exceptionally positive reviews and the demand is hige. You can pre-order Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE now to reach you by Nov 20th, 2012.

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