Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Good e-Reader Video Comparison. Today, we evaluate the new Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, which is the model released in late 2014 and the other model released a year ago.
The new 8.9 HDX model has a few things going for it, that makes it a worthy upgrade. The main aspect is hardware based and it has a faster processor, there is also graphic improvements. The most compelling aspect is the inclusion of proper Dolby Audio, which makes audiobooks, music or videos really shine using the speakers.
On the software side of things it runs a more modern version of Android 4.4, so it has more compatibility with modern apps. Amazon borrowed an element from the Fire Phone called Firefly. It can scan book covers, bar codes, UPC labels and even music and gives the price listing on the main amazon website. Finally, ASAP should appeal to video lovers, it buffers in advance content you are watching, such as episode 2 and 3, when you are watching the first one. This cuts down on loading time and allows you not break immersion.
I think the HDX 2014 edition is worthy upgrade if you own last years model or even the first generation edition. This tablet has high enough specs and internals that it will still be relevant for a few years.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.