Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kindle Fire with Fire HDX 8.9 OS 4 in Hands-on –

Amazon has presented the new version of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 in Munich. The Android-based tablet comes with a faster processor, louder speakers and Amazon’s Fire OS 4 operating system. We have looked at the new Amazon Tablet accurate.

Amazon has its featured two weeks ago Kindle Fire tablets in Munich selected media representatives demonstrated. As one of the first in Germany, we have the top model, the new version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, caught and collected first impressions of the tablet.


The Kindle Fire is HDX 8.9 from 4 November from 379 € available (image:

As the predecessor, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on a 8.9 inch display with a resolution of 2560 times 1600 pixels. This corresponds to a pixel density of 339 ppi – for a tablet a top value. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet comes with its 8-inch full HD display, for example, on a pixel density of 275 ppi. That of the Amazon tablet’s screen is correspondingly sharp and confident as well as the display of the last year’s model in the areas of brightness, reflections, ambient light contrast and color fidelity. The display is definitely one of the best on the tablet market.

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The display of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 releases as before with 2560 times 1600 pixels on (Picture:

Also new is a dynamic lighting control that automatically adjusts the color of the screen, so that the pages of a book in all lighting conditions similar to real paper. In addition, the brightness is controlled, as it is known from Android -Tablets other manufacturers for a long time. The light control so we did not try.

The Fire OS 4 running on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 thanks to the 2.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 805 absolutely smooth. Launch applications quickly and without noticeable delays. The internal memory of us presented model available was 16 GB in size. Alternatively, there are also models with 32 or 64 GB. Who not only streams movies and music, is expected to be better off with one of the larger versions. For photos there recently but also unlimited storage in Amazon’s cloud. This also applies to images in full resolution.

With a fully charged battery to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX persevere in continuous use 8.9 18 hours in reading and 11 hours. In the previous it was also according to Amazon 18 hours reading, but 12 hours in mixed use. In terms of battery life are in comparison to its predecessor so apparently no improvements. However, the new feature SmartSuspend to extend the standby time. It creates a device-specific profile for times when the tablet is not used. At these times it switches then about the wireless connection automatically off to save power. However, it enabled WiFi at regular intervals to check e-mails or notifications app for your tablet device is always up to date when it wakes up again. According to the manufacturer savings of up to 25 percent are possible through the function. The battery life will still have to prove in extensive tests. The item Tablets: battery life Comparison & lt; provides an overview of the battery performance of many other Android tablets.


The camera of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 recognizes thanks to Firefly now products or films (Picture:

How far is next to an HD front. webcam for video chats integrates a rear 8-megapixel camera for photo and video recording in 1080p. First test shots were not great in order, as well. Especially indoors in lower light makes fast a slight noise in the pictures noticeable. The camera should be more often used for object recognition using Firefly as for photos.

The presented with the Fire Phone feature is now available on the new HDX 8.9. It detects a keystroke movies, music, books and products, and provides matching information from Wikipedia or offers guided item at Amazon for purchase. In movies it provides, such as background information to the film music, or even the director of the strip. The product identification had not yet work perfectly in the test. Better shut the translated text in real time. Firefly recognizes text in the selected language and translate it into German – as well as from Google Translate usual with significant language deficits

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 comes with stereo speakers with Dolby Digital X2 technique (image:

The stereo speakers with Dolby Digital X2 technology have actually proven in test to be quite loud and distortion. But whether they are twice as loud as that of the iPad Air, we can not say, because we the Apple tablet did not have to compare site. An audio sample holds the following hands-on video ready.

At the design of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has over the 2013er model changed nothing. The dimensions are still 231 times 158 times 7.8 millimeters, making the tablet as far pleasantly thin fails. The weight is 375 grams (WiFi model) also nearly identical to its predecessor. The back is slightly tapered at the edges, and consists as before of grip and matte magnesium, in the upper area of ​​plastic. The volume buttons, the on / off switch as well as the speakers are, as usual, installed on the back.


The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is 7.8 millimeters thin (image:

The operating system is the new Fire OS 4 “Sangria” pre-installed, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Thanks to an improved cloud connection, it is possible to synchronize a device with Fire OS 4 also with other platforms and perform services that require more computing power than an Amazon device offers. As long as other companies such as Dropbox, Microsoft or Google OS do not support Fire, Fire-OS devices are still dependent on Amazon’s cloud. With family library function Amazon expands its OS also a long time awaited feature for sharing apps, games, books or Prime instant video content with the accounts of family members. It is now possible for several users to use a device, each with its own profile and personal settings, but can access the shared content.

How far is the Fire HDX 8.9 in a pure WLAN and LTE variant offered. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 now supports also the way & lt; p & gt;

As an accessory for the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 still new, lighter and magnetic Origami Cases in the program. These serve as a stand in portrait and landscape mode and turn the tablet on and off when you open the envelope or closes. The shell has a properly sized sliding mechanism that releases the camera on the back and automatically starts the camera app, if you want a photo shoot. The shell is available from 54,99 EUR.

In addition to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 we have looked at and the new e-book reader Kindle Voyage. Our first impressions considers the contribution Kindle Voyage: the e-ink e-book reader Hands-on ready


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