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Kindle Fire HDX 7 Ships Today for $229

Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon’s new flagship tablet with high-end specs, ships today at a starting price of $229. Announced back at the end of September, the new HDX tablets from Amazon are about as good as it gets in terms of tablet hardware, you just need to understand that should you buy one, you are giving up access to Google services (Gmail app, Google Play, Hangouts, etc.). But at that price, with that display, and with Amazon’s service powering it all, maybe it’s worth it? 

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX comes with a full HD display (1920×1200, 323ppi), 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor (quad-core), lasts for up to 11 hours of “mixed use,” utilizes a new forked version of Android called Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” introduces free 24×7 tech support through the Mayday button, and can connect via LTE on both AT&T and Verizon networks. This is no slouch.

The LTE models are still only available for pre-order, but the WiFi versions are ready to rock.

To see a spec comparison of the new Kindles, hit up this chart.

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  • James Hill

    Once it get’s CM I’ll buy it.

  • Alex

    I have an OG kindle fire rooted and rom’d with Cyanogenmod. I’m going to keep an eye on the developer community on this one. If CM gets ported and I have the money I will very much purchase this. Hopefully it has volume buttons as well, because my kindle doesn’t.

  • http://blog.k12.com/ Scott Holm

    Decisions decisions. I really wanted a Nexus 7 or 10, but I’m a heavy Amazon Prime user and don’t really benefit from the free books/shows/movies I could be getting. I may just have to get a Nexus and a Kindle.

  • bitpimpin

    Why oh why did this have to have better specs than the Nexus 7

  • Jacob Lee

    Just bought one – Great for the kids and when you are on the road and have amazon prime + unlimited 4g it is a great thing to have.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    Can apps be side loaded onto Amazon devices?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Ummm… Yeaaa Kellen… About this “Android” news. That Nexus news last nigh kind of makes everything else irrelevant. Only news that can get my attention today is Apple making an Android device.

  • Adam Truelove

    Who is buying these?

    • steve0617

      I am. As a large user of Amazon Prime, I want the extras I can get only with the Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, the 7 is great. But this is a little better for what I want.

    • jaymonster

      “Consumers” are buying these. Not techie people, not people that need to “get things done” but people who want to consume content and use this as a “tool” to do that, not as a tech toy.

      (There are still far more of them than there are of us)

  • Jason Kahn

    Can you side load apps?

  • schlanz

    It’s a good product. People need to not be so critical of it. Probably best for baby boomers and seniors, maybe children.

    The techies like us on DL obviously will be more interested in a Nexus 7. For people who want to do just a handful of things with a tablet (browse web, read books, play an occasional game, watch netflix, email) and aren’t concerned with customization (if that was an issue the iPhone wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is) than the Kindle is a great device at a great price.

    • Adam Truelove

      Nope, sorry, in it’s current form stock Android on the Nexus 7 is pretty easy to use, and gives you the full power of Android if and when you want to delve into it.

      • schlanz

        Never said it wasn’t easy to use. And the great value of the Nexus doesn’t invalidate every other tablet in existence. This is still a great alternative at a great price for people with very basic needs from a tablet.

      • michael arazan

        If you wanted to, couldn’t people just sideload the Google apps by searching the net like xda to get the Google apps for it instead of having to unlock, root and rom it?

    • Ian

      But most of us speak from our own perspective, and arguably a majority of the users on this site are techies.

      I will agree that this probably a great device for the technically inept.

      • steve0617

        Or a heavy Amazon Prime user.

      • shooter50

        why use the term technically inept? most people like simplicity. why else would the iphone be so popular. thinking your better than someone because they like the Kindle better than the Nexus 7 makes you a technically adept moron.

        • Ian

          Whoa there tiger. I used the term because it was accurate. No one will argue with the generalization that most users that are not tech savvy would prefer a more simple sandboxed experience. Sure, some who are technically advanced also appreciate the simple side but thats not who we are talking about.

          I never once insinuated that I was better than anyone else based purely on my taste in tablets, but nice try.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      I think it can best be explained as an evolution of an eBook reader vs. a tablet computer. Seems a shame to have to have that hardware locked up / limited though.

    • shooter50

      I have to laugh that people are downing your reply. some people take it so personal that others may have different taste than them.

      • schlanz

        Lol yeah and it’s not even me that has different taste.. I would never personally consider the Kindle Fire over the Nexus 7. But that doesn’t make the Kindle Fire a POS or a terrible choice for someone else.

  • grandautotheft5

    buying this is a total waste of money… Nexus 7 is totally worth it

    • jaymonster

      It really depends on your use case. If you are looking for something to listen to music, read books and watch Amazon Prime movies… then this fits the bill better than even the Nexus 7.

      The Nexus is a more powerful tool overall, but as a general consumer device that is designed to consume content, this is the best out there. It may not be for you or me. But for the soccer mom that wants to read 50 Shades of Grey while practice is going on, or give to the kids to watch an Amazon Prime movie during a long car ride, this is the king of the hill.

    • shooter50

      very open minded post

  • mtaylor924

    Maybe if I could root and put a real Android ROM on it instead. Otherwise, no thanks.

    • grandautotheft5

      having ROM for Fire is pain in the AS. most hardware don’t work in the beginning and you have to wait for months to get latest version. you will never be on a working ROm at any time. it will always be on beta. I am done with buying tablet for ROM. Nexus 7 works well and you get latest without delay. even custom rom works better since all drivers are available for download from google which is not the case with Fire

      • j

        well.. I havean OG Fire.. rooted, ROM’d.. and it works just fine.. all hardware. Not sure what the big deal is.

  • Greg Williams

    Same price as a Nexus 7? Pffft. No-brainer — go with the Nexus 7.