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Although app developers still have to make use of the improved screens, they are needed to make the most of Amazon's video signals, which are sent out at up to 1080p. The older and the updated Kindle Fire HD are capable of handling only up to 720p streams.
The 8.9-inch HDX now comes with a rear-facing camera and dedicated photo-editing software , although I have always felt taking pictures with a big tablet seems silly, especially if you have a smartphone in your pocket that does the same job.
Other features include an improved X-ray on-screen trivia service, which now features musical data . Amazon's Prime Instant Video service now features downloads for offline viewing rather than just streaming, which requires a constant Internet connection. I'll need more hands-on time to try them out, though.
With HDX, Amazon is making key improvements in areas where I feel it lagged behind its competitors the most: on weight and with its processor, as the old Kindle Fire HD felt laggy and slow to respond. I don't think Amazon will ever be the brand for, say, gamers looking for high performance from a tablet. But for people who use Amazon a lot for books, video and other services, it'll be nice to have a bit less wrist strain and a bit more zip when flitting around the device.
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Posted: 2013-10-02 @ 8:15am PT
The biggest drawback of the Kindle is no access to Google's App store. Kindle's app store doesn't have much. Another drawback is the browser doesn't work well. Things that are done easily with Youtube (app or browser) on Android tablets and iPads will just not work well with a Kindle. This is strange when you consider that the Kindle is based on an Android fork.