Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review

An excellent tablet that is essentially a portal to all things Amazon

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Silk Browser is what you'll find on the Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9. It was initially launched in 2011 with the first Kindle Fire, and Amazon explained at its launch event that Silk was made specifically for the new tablet and optimized for performance.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

Basically, many tasks are performed on Amazon's incredible servers, which helps improve overall performance and load times.

The name ends up working out in two ways: Silk runs as smooth as it sounds, and yet it binds the connection between the tablet and Amazon's servers with strength. It's cheesy, for sure, but that's how Amazon describes it, and all you need to know is that it works.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

We opened 12 tabs in the browser to see just how far we could push it. In normal use, we'd imagine it would be rare for most people to have 12 browser tabs open on a tablet, some heavy with animated ads.

We weren't able to cause the Silk browser to crash. However, we did find that playing YouTube and other embedded videos from within web pages didn't work, and would ask us to download the latest version of Flash Player. Unfortunately, Silk doesn't support Flash, so this is where things get tricky.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

Your options are limited when it comes to viewing embedded videos, and we found ourselves frustrated enough with this that when we did find a video we really wanted to see, we'd end up getting on our computers or other mobile devices to search and watch.

While we did feel that the Silk browser can look too busy when we reviewed the 7-inch version, you get used to it after a while, and suddenly it's not so bad.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

As far as browsers go, Silk isn't terrible, but it is lacking, especially in the embedded video department. We wish that it would handle embedded video like Chrome for Android does: when you click on a YouTube video, for example, it opens up in the YouTube app for viewing. You can simply click back to be taken back to the browser. That's not the case here, but we've learned to live with it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 330
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time18 Hour
Product FamilyKindle Fire HDX
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformFire OS
Operating SystemFire OS 3.0
Brand NameAmazon
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen Size22.6 cm (8.9")
Screen Resolution2560 x 1600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)374 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height157.5 mm
Width231.1 mm
Depth7.9 mm
Screen ModeWQXGA, Inc
Product NameAll-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Tablet
Product LineKindle Fire HDX
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberB00DOPNLJ0
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationGo Beyond HD

The exclusive HDX display brings together unsurpassed pixel density (339 ppi), perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB), reduced glare, and improved brightness for a superior viewing experience

Breakthrough ultra-light design

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" can be held comfortably with one hand-enjoy movies, games, and books for hours on end

Limited Warranty1 Year