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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review: Truly Excellent Hardware, Thoroughly Limited Software

Imagine your perfect full-sized tablet. It's light, thin, has a gorgeous high-resolution display, multiple-day battery life, powerful speakers, and a cutting-edge processor. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is all these things and more. From a hardware and engineering standpoint, it is truly a marvel. And, for a certain class of buyer, it may very well be that "perfect" full-sized tablet.

When I reviewed the Fire HD (7") last year, I came to a similar conclusion - I was wowed by the hardware (perhaps excepting the processor, which was a laggardly dual-core TI OMAP), but the software made it difficult to recommend for enthusiasts like you and me.

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Amazon Is Preparing Flying 'Prime Air' Drones To Deliver Packages In 30 Minutes Or Less

We almost certainly won't have hoverboards or flying DeLoreans in 2015, but Amazon is aiming to give us the next best thing: crazy-fast package delivery via flying drones. Yes, people, welcome to the future. Though there are obvious hurdles to overcome before these autonomous delivery robots become a reality, Amazon hopes that one day, "Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today."

Eccentric Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Prime Air plans on the December 1st episode of 60 Minutes.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Offering Big Discounts Kindle Fire HD And HDX 7 For Cyber Monday

Amazon isn't letting Google run away with the bargain-priced tablet market just yet. It's offering $50 discounts on the Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX 7 for Cyber Monday. That means you've got to jump on it soon to secure the deal.

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The Fire HD is the tweaked version of last year's Fire with a dual-core 1.5GHz ARM chip and a 1280x800 resolution LCD. The 16GB version of this device usually sells for $169, but today it's $119.

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Amazon Rolls Out Fire OS 3.1 OTA For Kindle Fire Tablets, Introduces Goodreads Integration, Wireless Printing, And More

Amazon is now distributing an OTA update for the Fire OS that powers the Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets. Version 3.1 brings deeper Goodreads integration, so users can more easily share favorite quotes with others, view what their friends are reading, and leave reviews. Readers can also import their Amazon library directly into the social network. This may not be the most exciting new feature, but it makes perfect sense for a tablet that is descendent from a line of e-readers.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Celebrates The FAA's New Electronics Rules With A Kindle Sale: Fire HDX For $195, Fire HD For $118, Today Only

Frequent fliers breathed a sigh of relief when the FAA ruled that most electronics could be used from takeoff to landing, and Amazon was a big part of that decision. To celebrate they're having a one day sale on two 7-inch Kindle models, the new Kindle Fire HDX and the year-old Fire HD. Enter the code "ThnksFAA" (note spelling) at checkout and you can take 15% off the regular price.

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Does The Kindle Fire HDX's Screen Still Have You Feeling Blue? It Turns Out That Off-Color Tinge Isn't A Defect, It's Intentional

A primary selling point of the 7" Kindle Fire HDX is its greatly improved screen, which, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, makes text look clear and images crisp. Sure, it comes with a simplified custom interface that can't be swapped out without rooting and tinkering with the device, but at least with the display, you know you're getting something that even us picky enthusiasts can appreciate. As it turns out, that may not be the case.

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Reports Of Blue/Purple Haze On Some Kindle Fire HDX Screens Leave Users Feeling A Little Blue

New devices almost always have some sort of defect buyers should be on the lookout for, and the new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is no exception. Now that Amazon's newest Android device is getting into people's hands, reports are beginning to surface of a strange purple or blue haze around the edge of the screen.

The issue seems present on all edges of the screen equally, and is particularly evident on white backgrounds.

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7" Kindle Fire HDX Starts Shipping Today, Available Online Starting At $229.00 With Special Offers

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.

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Amazon Announces Fire OS 3.0 For Kindle Fire Tablets With Improved Multitasking, UI Tweaks, And Instant Live Tech Support

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablets certainly have some top-of-the-line hardware, but what good is the hardware without software to make use of it? Amazon is again forking Android to create Fire OS 3.0, codenamed Mojito. This software will be recognizable to users of previous Fire tablets, but it's been cleaned up a bit and looks more modern. There are also a few interesting new features exclusive to Amazon's tablets.

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The underlying version of Android this time around is 4.2.2, but none of the Google services are included.

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Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HDX Tablets In 7-inch And 8.9-Inch Varieties, Complete With Snapdragon 800 Processors, High-Res Screens, And LTE Options

It's been just about a years since Amazon refreshed the Kindle Fire line, and like clockwork, here are some new tablets from everyone's favorite megalithic online retailer. The updated 7" and 8.9" versions are named Kindle Fire HDX, and surprisingly, they feature some of the best hardware available for Android tablets. In addition to new high-resolution displays (1920x1200 for the 7" and an eye-popping 2560x1600" for the 8.9") they've both got 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors and 2GB of RAM.

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