Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
The best media ecosystem around gets a refined interface, upgraded screen resolution, and performance that outpaces any small tablet before it. If media (videos, music, and books) is your thing, this is the tablet you'll want to look at first.
The good: Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a performance monster that speeds through Web sites and UI pages at a frantic pace. The screen is impressively sharp and the small light design is comfy for reading books. Mayday is personal and near-instant customer service. Some small but smart UI changes lead to an overall more pleasant experience.
The bad: The remote video viewing feature isn't ready at launch and ad removal still costs an extra $15. 16GB is too small for 1080p movies and there's no built-in storage expansion. The screen is tarnished by a yellowish tint and the buttons on the back are sometimes hard to find. No Google Play access means many apps still aren't available.
The bottom line: Armed with a powerful processor and Amazon's exhaustive content library, the Kindle Fire HDX delivers incredible value for its price, especially for Amazon Prime members.
October 21, 2013 5:50 PM PDT
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