The new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet is the very definition of an update: It's the exact same design, size and weight as the last product, with almost all the changes found under the hood, and especially, in the software.
This isn’t a bad thing. By dint of an increasingly robust ecosystem, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is an excellent, more affordable alternative to Apple’s top-of-the-line iPad Air 2.
Light and thin
At 13.2 ounces, the magnesium-alloy-bodied Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is noticeably lighter than the aluminum iPad Air 2, which weighs in at just under a pound. The Kindle Fire HDX is actually a smaller tablet than the Air 2, which isn't too surprising given the iPad's larger screen. It’s 9.1 x 6.2 inches, while the Air is 9.4 x 6.6 inches. Apple’s iPad Air 2, however, holds the thinness crown. It’s 0.24 in thick, while the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is 0.3 in. Read more...