Amazon Kindle Fire HDX hands-on


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Amazon took the unusual route with the original Kindle Fire, branching out from Android by adopting Google’s OS but changing it in fundamental ways until it served the retail giant’s content funnel purposes. Now in the third-generation we have the Kindle Fire HDX, two new slates – 7- and 8.9-inches – which refine the consumer experience even further. We stopped by Amazon to find out how the new Fire HDX tablets hold up.

The first thing you notice is the step up in build quality. Amazon ditched the separate internal midframe it had used in previous models, and instead switched to a cast magnesium alloy unibody that allows the slates to be not only thinner and lighter, but feel more premium too. The only let-down is the slip of fingerprint-grabbing glossy black plastic, most noticeable on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 around its 8-megapixel rear camera assembly.

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