Note the power button and volume rocker. To the left is one of the Dolby speakers. To the right is the 3.5 mm audio jack.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Back
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (right), iPad 4th Gen (left)
Kindle HD Drawing
Yes, you can draw on this tablet as well as the iPad.
Kindle HD Asphalt 7
Game play is smooth, but graphics are not when it comes to graphically-intensive actioners like Asphalt.
Kindle HD Carousel View
While Amazon’s carousel interface is simple and easy-to-use, the app and task icons are giant on this larger screen. They also highlight the tablet’s occasional missteps. I can’t remember what that blank icon represents.
Kindle HD Carousel and Quick Links
If you hold the tablet in landscape mode, you can see the more detailed quick links below.
Kindle HD Andry Birds Star Wars
Games like Angry Birds look fantastic on the HD screen and gameplay is ultra-smooth.
Kindle HD Game Access
Kindles’ App store has a wide selection of games, but the tablet has the odd habit of always asking, after you think you’ve downloaded the game, if you want to download the whole game (this is typically for storage space consideration).
Kindle HD Magazine App
Many of the magazine publishers have apps that let you download and manage issues. This is Vanity Fair. I had some trouble downloading the latest issue–it just kept failing, but did manage to download and view and older one.
Kindle HD Magazine – Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair is a stunner on the Kindle Fire HD. However, it does usually force you into portrait mode. At one point, it switched into landscape and then got stuck that way.
Kindle HD Mail Interface
Setting up multiple e-mail accounts on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is easy and the mail interface is among the best in large-screen tablet space.
Kindle HD Music
Amazon has a vast music library and smartly lets you store either locally or in your own personal cloud.
Kindle HD Settings and Notifications
A sweep down from the top of the screen reveals settings and notifications.
Kindle HD Silk Browser New Tab
Amazon’s Silk browser looks sharp and generally works well. However, I did encounter some crashes and never noticed it retrieving pages faster than other browsers.
Kindle HD Skype App
Is it just me or does this interface look a little over-matched by the large a screen.