reviewUnder The Spotlight: The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Review

The small tablet market at low-cost prices has been booming as Apple, Asus, Samsung and Barnes & Noble joined the already present Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus tablets. For the most part, the 7” – 8.9” inch tablet market didn’t appeal to consumers in the beginning since the tech specs weren’t enough to justify the (at least) $200. But Amazon stepped up and has delivered an 8.9 inch tablet that is, next to Google Nexus 7, one of the best devices the small tablet market has to offer.

Most of us have likely fell in love head over heels with Amazon’s great e-ink readers a long time before. For those of you (already Amazon fans) who are now interested in buying a tablet that sells for less than $300 and comes from a reliable producer, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” could be the fittest tablet for you.

Before looking at the tech specs for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” and the pros and cons, make sure you know what your expectations from a tablet are. You might come to realize that it’ll be better for you (and long-term satisfaction) to pay more than $300 on a different brand if you’re looking for a highly interactive device. But, for all of you spending hours on Amazon at a time, selling or buying stuff, you’ll find this tablet is highly focused on giving users a great and intense shopping experience.

You can easily keep the purchase under $300 if you choose the standard 16GB version. For $499 however you can buy the 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE Kindle Fire HD. The advice is to buy the standard Wi-Fi version to get the most bang for your buck. Plus, Amazon Kindle Fire HD works with one of the least expensive 4G plans for tablets today ($49.99 for 250MB data per month for a year, so that’s $4.16 a month).

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is a 9.45 by 6.50 by .35 inches (HWD) tablet that weighs 1.29 pounds, so it is both small and light.

Although Google Nexus 7’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad core is speedier, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” works just as snappy without all the extra cores, packing a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470, 1.5GHz dual core chip.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” packs the largest screen available in the small tablet market.

An Amazon Prime membership gets you free access to video and book content.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is a low-cost tablet for sure, but it has a design that makes it look anything but cheap. It’s the fittest choice for a family looking for an user-friendly media tablet on a budget.

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