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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch Tablet Review

A notable size upgrade over the first Kindle Fire HD, the 8.9 inch version falls a bit short.

November 29, 2012
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Video Controls

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch has the same basic control scheme as its little brother, the Kindle Fire HD. There's a play/pause button, scrub bar, and volume slider for basic controls, and the callout disappears after a second or two of no user interaction so you can get back to just watching your flick.

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Video Management

Replaying your own files is a bit strange on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch, but it doesn't take long to get used to the process. After connecting to your computer via the included USB cable, you'll need to enable your tablet as a drive. If you have a Windows PC, this is taken care of already, but if you have a Mac, you'll have to install the Android File Transfer utility. Once you have the folder opened, drag and drop your files into the "Movies" folder.

The annoying part comes when you try to play those files. Instead of having an option through the "Video" icon in the launcher, you have to open the App drawer, then open "personal videos." Like I said, not overly mystifying, but it can be a pain for those used to other operating systems, or those never having used a tablet before.

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Video Formats

Video file formats are quite limited on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch, and many common formats are unsupported. Normally this wouldn't be a huge issue on a tablet running a version of Android software, but because you cannot download a new codec pack or video player from the Amazon app store, you are out of luck with most file formats.

Internet Video

If you're a movie streaming junkie, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch is one of the better options on the market now, as it not only has a decently large screen, but it can be used to stream Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix provided you pay for service. Keep in mind, though, that there is no native YouTube app, though you may or may not find a replacement through the Amazon app store.

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Video Battery Life

If you're playing a file you've uploaded onto your Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch, you can expect to see about 6 hours and 22 minutes of playback if you have the backlight cranked all the way and all additional connections and apps disabled. While you will definitely see some variance based on several different factors, you can expect this to work well for a short flight or commute, but not an intercontinental sojourn.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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