Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 32GB Tablet

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 32GB Tablet
Price: $179.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Tuesday, Apr 01 to Wednesday, Apr 02) + transit
Condition: Amazon Certified Refurbished

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Processor ??? Generation??? I am guessing a TI OMAP4470 at 1.2 or 1.5 GHZ. Should I buy it? I guess I will take the gamble and do it.

It depends what you’re going to do with it… just browsing the web and watching streaming videos, it will be fine. Any 3d games would tax the processor since the screen is 1920x1200.

Unless you really want the 8.9" screen, I’d rather get the 7" Fire HDX or the 2nd Gen Nexus 7 for some extra $$$. Both have modern quad core processors with capable graphics cores and hi-res screens. (I also personally prefer the 7" form factor.)

I purchased this the last time woot offered it, and I am very pleased with it. My only dislike is that there is no Google Play Store .

Can it be upgraded to 64GB? Will I have it in time for a trip leaving this weekend?

A fair point, but it has access to Amazons app-store.

No, not upgradable. and maybe, as it ships in 1-2 days.

Can’t guarantee it. It will leave the warehouse in 1-2 days but the Amazon warehouses (our inventory) ship using the most economical way, not necessarily the fastest.

I was just about to buy the cheapest Kindle Fire HD, $129 on Amazon. It’s a 7", only a dual-core and 8 or 16 GB. I don’t need a tablet for much more than email and reading books when traveling for pleasure - I don’t want to do work on a tablet. This looks like a slightly better deal but I am nervous about the refurbishment and I need more information about the age/shelf life of this tablet. Is it worth the extra $50 for a larger screen?

I say go for it. I had similar needs for the same Kindle Fire 8.9 model I purchased from Woot weeks ago. The packaging it arrived in, and quality of the tablet, gave me the impression that it was new and not refurbished.

One thing to note: the power button is a little difficult to use and requires a touch of sensitivity to properly put it in sleep mode. Not sure if it’s a result of being refurbished, or just the way it was designed.

How much did you pay for yours? Same specs? I think these may be returns but they can’t sell them as new b/c the packages have been opened. But the warranty may be shorter. I bought a Dyson from Amazon about 8 years ago and have had ZERO trouble with it and it was supposed to be “refurbished” too, but I think it was new. I do wish it had had the regular warranty but I’m a bit too cautious in general.

Amazon offers the same warranty as a new one (one year) on their refurbs.

What’s the story on the “dual band dual antenna wifi” aspect of this? Does it really run faster? My internet speed isn’t that great, but if these “duels” make things faster I’m very interested.

Actually I’m more interested in the Kindle HDX since a Prime membership allows me to watch their video library OFFLINE. I wish Netflix allowed that.

So if you cant access google play, how do you get apps?

Through the Amazon app-store. Yes, you are limited to what Amazon sells.

I notice this Fire has a front-facing camera, while the $129 one does not have a camera. 32G of memory is a lot better than 8G. I also see that the cheaper model on Amazon comes with a 5W power adapter while this one doesn’t. They both come with a micro-USB, so should I care much about the power adapter? I won’t have a laptop to charge the battery on trips.

I would definitely recommend the 8.9HD over the 7"… its not just screen but also processor. The 7" is sluggish. I bought the 8.9HD for me and the 7HD for my wife and she got so tired of how sluggish it was compared to the 8.9 that I sold hers on ebay and got her the 8.9

Also the 8.9 is easy to root and get Google play installed. I have just bought this woot now so I’ll have a 3rd KF 8.9HD for my kid (6yr). He loves ours and it is laid out well and much more useful and cost effective than the crappy leap pad tablets. Tons of great kid games and educational games and often they are the free app of the day on amazon so I rarely need to buy anything from the store.