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Best Tablet 2014: Which tablet should you buy?

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Originally reviewed by 27 November 2013

Best Amazon Kindle Tablet

Key features: 8.9-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 screen, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Mayday support and Freetime apps

The good:

  • Great performance
  • Superb screen
  • Loud speakers
  • Mayday support is ace

The bad:

  • Amazon Fire OS too restrictive
A vast improvement over last year's Kindle Fire HD 8.9, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the the bigger and better of the two main Amazon tablets.

The Fire OS on the Kindle can feel too restrictive and lacks Google Play access or a decent web-browser. That's one of the few complaints for what is a great tablet. It comes with a blistering fast Snapdragon 800 processor, loud and clear speakers, a long battery life and a half decent 8-megapixel main camera. 

For beginners there's the clever and innovative Mayday tech support app and Freetime system to give greater control on what younger users access and how long they get to play Angry Birds for. If you have never used an iPad or Android tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is by far one of the easiest tablets to get to grips with. If it's too large and you still want to go Amazon, consider the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, but the screen on the 8.9-inch version is much much better.

Price: £329/$379

Our Score

8/10
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