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Looks pretty nice spec wise and design wise.....even price wise...

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-HDX-Display-Wi-Fi/dp/B00BHJRYYS
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Looks pretty nice spec wise and design wise.....even price wise...

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-HDX-Display-Wi-Fi/dp/B00BHJRYYS

It is indeed some impressive specs, but if I were in the >8" tablet market I would wait to see how it($379) matches up with the Nexus 10 2013 edition(most likely priced around $399) spec wise. I'd guess they have equal specs and then it comes down to native AOSP vs Fire OS. Of course you can root,unlock and flash custom ROM on both but the Nexus dev community is going to be much larger.
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For me, having Amazon's Fire OS is a huge factor in driving me away from this device if I were to leave it unmodified. I'd much rather use stock Android or a custom ROM over Amazon's Fire OS variant any day of the week. The specifications are price are impressive in terms of what you get for the money though. However, I would wait to see how the next generation Nexus 10 does, personally. I'm a user of a Nexus 7 2013 and one of the main reasons why I picked it over anything else was because of the amount of development going on for this device and it's flexibility in terms of tweaking and customization. Installed a CM 10.2 kang on it and am satisfied with it.
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I hear you on the OS. But for people like my Mom this would be perfect. I wonder if it will have GPS and Bluetooth I know the original one did not..
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I'm amazed they sell so well given the proprietary OS. B&N eventually dropped the Nook's because of this limitation.

I was loading some books on a niece's Kindle Fire (she is from overseas) and I found it to be very clunky compared to a pure Android device.
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Well one big thing for me when looking at them, it allows side loading of non amazon store apps without needing root or such.
Where on the nooks despite good hardware had very little in their app store and could not side load without rooting.
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Amazon likely uses Fire OS for two main reasons.

#1. To make the operating system for intuitive for not-so tech savvy customers

#2. To sell their products from their app store and Kindle store.

I personally like the Operating System. It's modified enough to seem right for the device but not modified to the point where you can't tell it's based off Android 4.2.2. If you know how to navigate through an Android device, you can navigate Fire OS like it's nothing. Swipe down, you have settings, wireless, airplane mode, ect.

The biggest revolution with the HDX's is the "Mayday" button and the ultra high screen resolutions.
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Looks pretty nice spec wise and design wise.....even price wise...
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http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-HDX-Display-Wi-Fi/dp/B00BHJRYYS
Looks decent for the price.
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