The Kindle Fire HDX isn't your typical Android tablet, but it has largely been well-received by critics thus far and should make for an all around solid media consumption device. If you're already invested in Amazon's ecosystem, this is probably the best way to take advantage of it, for until Amazon drops an app for Instant Video into the Play Store, this is your only option for easily streaming those movies and TV shows to an Android tablet. The latest generation Kindle Fire is now ready to ship, so you can head over to Amazon right this moment and have a unit shipped your way today.


The Kindle Fire HDX comes in both 7" and 8.9" variations, but only the smaller option is currently shipping. This lightweight device has an attractive 1920 x 1200 323 ppi display, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. It comes with either 16, 32, or 64GB of internal memory along with optional 4G LTE from AT&T or Verizon. Since this is a Kindle, you can get it with or without ads, depending on how much you're willing to spend. The lowest price offered is $229.

Even if this isn't the ideal tablet for you, it may be a great item for someone you know. Its UI is already pretty straightforward, and there's a new "Mayday" button that brings an Amazon expert onto your screen who can draw on it to guide you around. And if that still isn't helpful enough, they can proceed to make changes for you remotely. The Kindle Fire HDX is a device that you don't actually have to learn how to use in order to, well, use it.

7" Kindle Fire HDX on Amazon

Source: Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • n

    My unit is arriving today, not shipping. It was actually shipped 2 days ago.

  • Dean Politis

    It is pretty lame that Amazon Instant Video is not available on the Play Store. It is the main reason I haven't bought many videos from Amazon.

    • n

      There are probably technical issues preventing the app from working on very many Android devices.

      • PamelaLibrarian

        Technical or maybe they just want to sell Kindles. I don't suppose we can fault them for trying to make a living. (or get rich, whatever the mark up is...)

        • blast0id

          but they don't make money off the devices, they make money off the content (much like google) so it would behoove them to make that content available on many more devices...

  • Stacey Liu

    Whoa it's 1920x1200? That sounds good. 16:9 kind of sucks.

  • Geovane M

    I own a Kindle Fire HD but I'm actually selling it and downgrading to the Paperwhite instead. The Kindle Fire tablets are great for persons deep in Amazon's ecosystem especially Prime subscribers, the app store is limited but take my word for it, it has almost every big name app. This isn't the device for me, the interface is too limited and the lack of Google services like Google Now and Maps are a dealbreaker. I found the lack of customization frustrating though it seems like the new Fire OS comes with some new layouts. But I'm getting a 2012 Nexus instead price. April because I don't care for rear facing cameras on tablets, and also because I still think it was a great tablet and there being a newer version suddenly doesn't make it Garbage.

    • MyLeftNut

      I've contemplated getting the Paperwhite mostly because it would be exclusively for reading but then I realized that buying a tablet (which I'd planned to do) would essential make the Paperwhite an superfluous purchase for me because I can read perfectly fine for hours on an LCD. I can't let go of the idea though. Do you really see yourself carrying both the Paperwhite and the Nexus?

      • Geovane M

        I actually do. I think there is a sense of pride with any avid reader owning a Kindle device. There is just an unbelievable vast collection of book offers exclusive to Kindle owners. There are also a few features I've come to love on my Kindle Fire HD that the Kindle android and iOS app lack. Besides that there is no real reason for anyone else to consider owning both unless you are serious about reading and want to enjoy the best of Amazon.

  • Matthew Fry

    "..for until Amazon drops an app Amazon will never drop an app for Instant Video into the Play Store, this is your only option for easily streaming those movies and TV shows to an Android tablet."


  • HolyFreakingCrap

    Why on earth anyone would want a Android tablet with no Google Apps like the Play Store is beyond me. Then you have to pay an extra $15 to remove built in ads?

    Seriously Amazon, get the fuck out.

    • MyLeftNut

      Even worse. It's $20 extra for the non-ads version.

  • Mystery Man

    So they can just creep the front facing cam at anytime they want? strange.......

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  • matt

    Sounds nice

  • takethingsliterally

    It has better CPU and GPU specs than nexus 7.