Amazon didn't disappoint those who were hoping for a larger Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch will be making its way into consumers hands come November 20th and we've got a hands-on demo with the device for you all to check out. As a reminder of what exactly the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is packing for specs, here they are:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch - starts at $299, shipping November 20

  • 16 GB / 32 GB storage
  • 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen at 254 PPI
  • TI OMAP 4470 processor
  • 9.4 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches
  • 802.11n 5 Ghz MIMO Wi-Fi antenna

Whether or not it's he best tablet out there for the price will really depend on what you're looking for in a tablet but overall, Amazon has put together some nice hardware. We're looking forward to spending some more time with them all soon.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

 

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch hands-on demo

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That thing is so laggy scrolling through the magazine. I was impressed when I saw the screen resolution but I knew they wouldn't be able to solve the lagginess of the UI because of the ridiculous crap they put over top of android.

The touch screen seemed pretty unresponsive to me. When the touch screen is the your only means of navigation, that might become a pretty big issue.

How does the TI OMAP 4470 compare to the Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7? Based on cursory research it looks like the GPU is almost surely inferior, but what about general performance?

Really a shame they have to screw up a nice device by screwing up Android. I'll stick with my Nexus 7 thank you very much and recommend it over the Kindle Fire HD to everyone I know.

So is there a way to get to the Android UI? I was excited reading the specs, but after seeing the hands on, I'm leaning back towards a Nexus 7.

I can't find it in either Google Play or the Amazon App Store. Shame... cuz my kids would probably love it.

The inches of separation between the guys's finger and the page turning doesn't make me confident that this thing is going to be uber-smooth. Also, there quite a few stutters in this video that back that up... Sure, sure perhaps the magazine app isn't optimized yet blahblahblah but other than the carousel it just doesn't look too fast.

And I want that Fibble game.