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Amazon continues to step up its game (and its prices) with the Kindle Fire line. Still, despite a $20 price increase, $229 doesn't seem like a lot to ask for a device like this. From the 1,920 x 1,200 (323-ppi) display to the 2.2GHz quad-core chip inside, there's nothing about this slate that screams budget. Granted, if you want to pay the lowest price possible, you're going to have to turn screen space over to advertisements in the form of Special Offers, or else shell out $15 to banish them from your device. And, of course, LTE will cost you even more.
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Didn't see the review posted so thought I would do it. I don't really like Engadget but they'll do. My thoughts on this? It's a very nice tablet, but it's a Kindle. It is limited in many ways that other Android tablets aren't... but for that price and the specs? It may just be worth it to many people.
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The Kindle Fire HDX's are really impressive. For $229, you get the 2.2GHZ quad core snapdragon processor, a 1920 x 1200 screen, unlimited 24/7 customer support with the touch of a button. Sure, we're all tech savvy so we don't care much about Mayday, but think about all of your general users. Think, your grandmother has a tablet and needs help finding something..all she has to do is hit the mayday button and she's instantly connected to customer support.

Not to mention, it's Amazon customer support, which is a dream to deal with when compared to other companies. Getting a Kindle replaced/refunded by Amazon would be WORLDS easier than RMA'ing a Samsung or ASUS tablet.

It's only real competition is the Nexus 7. When comparing the two, it's a trade off between wanting a rear facing camera and Android 4.3 or wanting the faster processor and 24/7 instant support. Honestly, given the choice i'm not sure which I would choose. Both companies likely sell their tablets at a loss pushing for innovation and relying on content sales.
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The Kindle Fire HDX's are really impressive. For $229, you get the 2.2GHZ quad core snapdragon processor, a 1920 x 1200 screen, unlimited 24/7 customer support with the touch of a button. Sure, we're all tech savvy so we don't care much about Mayday, but think about all of your general users. Think, your grandmother has a tablet and needs help finding something..all she has to do is hit the mayday button and she's instantly connected to customer support.

Not to mention, it's Amazon customer support, which is a dream to deal with when compared to other companies.

It's only real competition is the Nexus 7. When comparing the two, it's a trade off between wanting a rear facing camera and Android 4.3 or wanting the faster processor and 24/7 instant support. Honestly, given the choice i'm not sure which I would choose. Both companies likely sell their tablets at a loss pushing for innovation and relying on content sales.
I will take the vanilla droid.
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Well you could always root the Kindle and get rid of all the crap.
    
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Well you could always root the Kindle and get rid of all the crap.

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I'm hoping B&N fires back with a 1080p+ 7" nook, those things are dirt cheap. I can't justify an ARM tablet for $200+ when silvermont tablets/cheap laptops do so much more, but a $100 slab with a nice screen for netflix and Splashtop is so hard to resist biggrin.gif
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I'm hoping B&N fires back with a 1080p+ 7" nook, those things are dirt cheap. I can't justify an ARM tablet for $200+ when silvermont tablets/cheap laptops do so much more, but a $100 slab with a nice screen for netflix and Splashtop is so hard to resist biggrin.gif

The new Kindle Fire HD that just launched is $139. Though it only has the TI Dual Core running @ 1.5GHZ, 1GB of RAM and lacks any sort of Cameras. I've personally used one of the brand new ones and it functions without issue. No lagg, no lack of responsiveness, runs videos, games and music really well.
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