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$30 off the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and 8.9″ Tablets on December 22nd and 23rd

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch TabletWe have seen many deals on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ throughout the 2013 holiday shopping season. But this is the first time we’re seeing the 8.9″ Amazon Kindle Fire HDX getting a price cut. On Black Friday, we saw quite a few online and in-store deals on the 7″ tablet. On Cyber Monday, we saw a $50 discount on both the Fire HDX and Fire HD (16GB) versions. There were also quite a few deals on the 2012 Fire HD 8.9″ tablet, both online and in-store. But there were no deals on the 8.9″ Fire HDX.

The BIG question – 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD or HDX?

The $30 price-cut on the Kindle Fire HDX is certainly tempting. But the question is do you buy the 8.9 inch 2013 HDX or 2012 HD? The 2012 model is $80 cheaper than the 2013 model, even with the current discount. Let’s compare the two models and see if you can justify spending the extra $80 on the new model or $110 without the discount.

NOTE: With the 2012 Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ model, you can get a  discount of $100 on the 64GB model and $40 on the 16GB model

  Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″
Date of release Fall of 2012 Fall of 2013
Capacity 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB (64 GB version not available for certain configurations) 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB
Display resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels (254 pixels per inch/ppi) 2560 x 1600 pixels (339 ppi)
Display special remarks This is a vey good High Definition display. Even the latest 2013 iPad Air has a 264 ppi pixel density (just so that you know that the 254 ppi display of the 2012 8.9″ Fire HD tablet is nearly as good as the 2013 iPad Air) DisplayMate technologies, a professional evaluator of different types of displays concluded that the screen of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX was the “best performing Tablet display we have ever tested“. This was concluded after comparing the displays of the 8.9″ HDX with the Nexus 10 and iPad Air.
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core processor 2.2GHz quad-core processor
RAM/Processor special remarks The dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB RAM of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ feels very inferior to the 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. However, that’s no reason to be alarmed because even the iPad Air has a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1GB RAM. That’s plenty for the day-to-day tablet tasks of most users. Obviously the combination of 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM of the Fire HDX is very powerful and better than most tablets in the market. However, not everybody needs MAXIMUM power.
  • No
  • You can still get Kindle support using email, web, and phone

20 oz (567 grams)

13.2 oz (374 grams)

  • Nearly 200g lighter than the 2012 model, gives a significant advantage not only over the 2012 Fire HD, but also the iPad Air and the Google Nexus 10 etc. etc.
Camera Front only Front and Rear cameras
Mic Yes
Wi-Fi Dual Antenna, dual-band Wi Fi
4G LTE Both have Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G LTE models
Battery life 10 hours mixed use 12 hours mixed use; 18 hours when reading
Price Starting at $269 Starting at $379 $349 with discount
What do we recommend? Buy this if you will use it for: routine web-browsing, checking email, social networking, Facebooking, tweeting, reading ebooks, video chatting, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows, playing games, maintaining your daily calendar, doing your to do lists etc. etc. Buy this if you will use it for: Playing CPU-heavy games and multi-tasking in addition to what you do with the other tablet. Also you want to watch videos at a beyond ‘standard’ HD resolution!

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX homepage screen shotBottom line

The 2012 tablet is a powerful tablet with a great HD display and will satisfy MOST large tablet users. However, the 2013 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX is even more powerful with a beyond standard HD display. The 2012 tablet will be more than enough for most people.

NOTE: This deal will expire at 9pm PST on December 23rd 2013. So if you want to take advantage of the temporary price-cut, check out the following pages.

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