Amazon is back at it again, this time with the Kindle Fire HDX, an updated version of the super popular Kindle Fire. Available in two screen sizes, 7" and 8.9" and boasting a much higher pixel count, the HDX is a strong contender this holiday season.
Compared to Amazon's most recent tablet, the Kindle Fire HD, the HDX has definitely seen some updates. One of the main ones being screen resolution. The 7" Kindle Fire HDX features a 1920x1200 pixel resolution and 2560x1600 pixel resolution for the 8.9" screen. The HDX is more comparable to Apple's Retina Display featured on the
iPad. Some tests show that it is actually better than the Retina
Display, but honestly, most users will be unable to tell a difference. Just know that it will look amazing.
The Kindle Fire HDX is also incredibly light for what you are getting. The 7" tablet is understandably light, but what is impressive is that the 8.9" version is still under one pound, very impressive for a "full size" tablet.
The processor on the Kindle Fire HDX is no slouch, either. The 7" and 8.9" versions both feature a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, making browsing and multi-tasking a breeze. The HDX also features both a front, and rear facing camera, with the main camera (rear facing) coming in at 8 megapixels. While this is nice, cameras on tablets are definitely more of an add-on than a main feature, and it would be nice if there was an option to not include it. Tablet prices continue to rise, and it would be nice if there were removable options, such as cameras, that would lower the price.
Speaking of price, the Kindle Fire HDX 7" starts at $229, which is about average for a competitive tablet. The 8.9" HDX, on the other hand, starts at $379. Slightly pricey for what you are getting. That price is more in par with competitive 10", non-Apple, tablets.
The Kindle Fire HDX also features Amazon's new "Mayday" button, Amazon's attempt to connect users directly to tech support representatives,]. There is a twist though, the Mayday button lets users actually see their representative, live. While it is a nice feature, and very innovative, it's also a bit strange. I'm not sure how I feel about seeing my tech support agent getting visibly fed up with me as I ask questions.
Overall, the Kindle Fire HDX is a solid addition to the tablet market. If you already own a Kindle Fire HD, the updates and new features will probably not be enough to justify purchasing the HDX. However, if you are new to the tablet game, or looking to update from your basic e-book reader, the Kindle Fire HDX is a great option.