Android tablets have been around for almost as long as the iPad, but most Android tablets have been unable to garner the attention and respect that the Apple tablet has gotten, save for a few particular Android tablet. These include the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, ASUS Transformer, and maybe even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Out of these, the Kindle Fire stands out. It was a budget tablet, which provided a premium experience. It may not have been at par with the likes of its expensive counterparts, but it was offering a decent Android experience.
But since the launch of the original Kindle Fire, there has been the entry of other wonderful tablets in the budget category. These include the Nexus 7, the Nook HD, and maybe, arguably, the iPad Mini.
So Amazon has buckled up and is ready to deliver to us another refreshed tablet, which will compete against other tablets in the same weight category. Amazon gives us, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
But is it in the same weight class? The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is present square in between the larger 10 inch tablets and smaller 7 inch tablets. It looks like it is trying to cover two bases at the same time.
Lets get into some details regarding the “Inbetweener” tablet, to see what it is worth.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Specs
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is no slouch when it comes to specs. It may not be as big a its 10 inch counterparts, but it definitely tries to match them spec wise.
The specs of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ are given ahead
- 8.9 inch IPS Dispay, with a resoultion of 1920×1200
- TI OMAP4470 Dual Core Processor at 1.5 Ghz with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
- 1.3 MP front facing camera
- Ships with Android 4.0
- Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, accelerometer, gyroscope
Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
The Kindle Fire HD is priced at $299 , which is a bargain for what you get. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ not only has good specifications, but also an above average build quality, and $299 is great value for money for what you get.
It is priced at $100 more then its smaller counterpart, the Kindle Fire HD
. We think that the $100 price increase for what you get is quite reasonable, but you must take into consideration, that you are not far from the price point of the iPad Mini, and only $100 away from the Nexus 10.
This does not mean the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is not a good deal, it simply means that since the entry of more competition, you may want to look around before setting down your cash.
Release Date of Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ will, as of now release only in USA, on November 20, 2012. Release in other countries has not yet been announced but there is a possibility.
Pros of Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ has a lot to offer, and at a decent price point. You get a tablet which has an excellent screen, a decent processor all at a promising price point. And you get the excellent slew of Amazon services on top of what is already offered by Google. If you like reading, if you like going through comics and magazines, then this is the tablet for you.
Cons of Kindle Fire HD 8 click to find out more.9″
We have no major gripes towards the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ as it is, but we will lament the skinning of Android with Amazons own user interface, which slows down the tablet. Lack of a back facing camera, and expandable memory is also a matter which will concern many
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is great tablet, its just that we are not sure where it falls. It has a size which is perfect to hold, and hence a pleasure to use. With this, a beautiful screen and excellent marketplace, what more can you ask for?
Its price is good, but spending a little more may just make you more satisfied.
Not to end on a negative note, we think that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is a worthy buy, and deserves to be picked up by books, magazine and media lovers