The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" combines elements of a tablet and an eBook reader in one simple device. This unit is smaller than the average full-sized tablet, making it simple to take with you on the go. It offers an excellent set of speakers, so you can listen to music on your tablet, as well as watch videos and play games.

The Kindle Fire HDX uses the specially designed Fire 3.0 operating system. This Amazon-exclusive OS has an Android base, so Android users will find it a simple transition. Amazon's enhancements create a user-friendly system that makes this Kindle interface better than ever.

Amazon has added on-device tech support to this round of Kindle HD tablets. This live support, called Mayday, is a button that you tap to automatically connect to an Amazon expert. This support is offered 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If that's not good enough for you, it's also free. Tech support answers your Mayday within 15 seconds and will walk you through any issues with your Kindle. You can even see your Amazon Tech advisor live on the screen – and no, they can't see you.

The HDX is an exciting addition to the Kindle family because it features both a front and rear-facing camera. The 1.3MP front-facing camera and built-in Skype application will allow you to keep in touch, face to face, with those who are not close by, and you'll enjoy the 8MP photos that the rear camera captures.

Additionally, this device comes Wi-Fi ready out of the box. Amazon built the Kindle Fire devices with dual Wi-Fi antennas, so your download speeds are, on average, 40 percent faster than with other tablets. And with 4G LTE, you can connect to the internet nearly anywhere. This Kindle features support for 10 bands, meaning that even if you're in a location without 4G LTE, you'll still be able to connect to the next available network without losing coverage.

This tablet offers an excellent battery life of 11 hours. Keep in mind that actual performance will depend on how much you use the device. In standby mode, the battery will last for days. When your battery does get low, you can recharge it using the wall plug that comes with the unit, or you can connect it to your computer using a USB cord. The included wall plug will charge your Kindle in just five hours. We were amazed at the short time span it took to charge this device to 100 percent.

The Kindle Fire HDX with 4G LTE comes with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, so running your favorite applications will be both quick and smooth. It offers you the choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, though there’s no SD card slot, so you can't expand on that. We’d really like to see expandable storage in the next installation.

The Kindle Fire HDX has some of the best built-in speakers available on a tablet. The speakers use Dolby Digital Plus to enhance your listening experience. Additionally, this tablet uses dual-driver stereo speakers, which are located on both sides of the unit. These work together to provide virtual surround sound that enhances your music-listening experience. It also enhances movie-watching on your tablet.

This Amazon Kindle also comes with a high-definition touchscreen display that offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This high resolution is one of the contributing factors that make the Kindle HDX a contender with our top-ranked tablets. The screen size is 8.9 inches, measured diagonally. It also offers a 10-point multitouch screen. All of these great features are packed into a device that is small and lightweight, making it easy to carry with you. It is simple and convenient to throw it into the average handbag and backpack.

Kindle Fire Summary:
9.2/10

If you are searching for a tablet that also doubles as an eReader, consider the Kindle Fire HDX with 4G LTE. It offers plenty of features that will compare to a full-size tablet, such as a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and your choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage space. It is small enough to take with you almost anywhere, and with its lightweight body, you will hardly be aware that you are carrying it.

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

Pros
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" comes with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 2560 x 1600 high-definition display and Mayday button that gets you Kindle help 24/7.

Cons
Expandable storage isn't an option; however, you're allowed unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.

The Verdict
: 9.2/10

This tablet is best if you’re looking for something a little bit smaller and more portable than other tablets but more powerful than a typical eReader.