Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Photos displayed on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Photo by Amazon.


By Andrew Hudson Published: September 6, 2012 Updated: June 14, 2016

An iPad rival with potential staying-power has been introduced. The “Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9",” despite its cumbersome name, has good photography-display specs, with a 1920 × 1200 color screen.

This second generation tablet improves on the first gen’s weak screen, which could only display 600 pixels of a 1024-pixel web page when in vertical format. Beside the “HD Display”, the new Fire adds Dolby audio and dual-band dual-antenna Wi-Fi.

The all-new Kindle family. Photo by Amazon.

The Fire was announced on September 6, 2012 along with a family of Kindles, which includes:

  • Kindle Fire HD: a 7" (1280 × 800 resolution) screen version, similar in size to the first generation Fire
  • Kindle Paperwhite: an improved e-reader with higher contrast, higher resolution, and a built-in light. My wife will be getting one of those for Christmas.

Kindle Fire HD

From Amazon:

Enjoy and Share

Relive your most memorable moments in stunning HD. Our new, beautifully designed photo app makes it easy to swipe through albums, or step in to full-screen viewing. And sharing your photos couldn’t be easier. Enjoy seeing your photos on your TV via HDMI, or tap on individual images to email them to anyone you like.

Import and Edit

Kindle Fire HD makes it easy to keep favorite photos close at hand. Download your albums from Facebook, or use the Amazon Cloud Drive desktop application to upload photos from your PC or Mac. Editing on your device is just as simple, with many popular photo editing apps available in the Amazon Appstore, such as PicSay Pro, PicShop, and Adobe Photoshop Express.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

The fifth generation Kindle e-reader sports a 6", 212 ppi display with built-in light.

Comparing the new Paperwhite Kindle with the previous Kindle. Photo by Amazon.

Source: Amazon.

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