Listen up, super-late Christmas shoppers: Best Buy has a pretty good deal going on seven-inch Kindle Fire HDXs today. You can score up to $82 off of various HDX models, and while they definitely won't arrive before Christmas (because, you know, that's today), they all have free shipping. Here's a full list of the options:
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.
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. Amazon is planning on having a fleet of "octocopters" at distribution centers with delivery to nearby addresses in half an hour or less, determined and delivered by GPS coordinates.
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.
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. That's $50 off, and it makes the 16GB version cheaper than the 8GB. If you want to step it up a bit, the HDX 7 is running a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip and a 1920x1200 LCD.
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.
Fire OS 3.1 updates Amazon's Second Screen service, which lets users send content from their tablet to a TV à la Chromecast.
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. Numerous HDX owners have noticed an off-color bluish fringe around the edge of the screen. Amazon has since updated the We want you to know...
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. The video above gives you a glimpse of the defect, but it's not as noticeable as it is in real life. According to Amazon, this is known manufacturing defect with some units.
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.
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.
The underlying version of Android this time around is 4.2.2, but none of the Google services are included. In their place is a host of Amazon apps and services, some of which have gotten substantial updates in Fire OS 3.0.