Best Full-Size Tablet for the Money – Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
While the Apple iPad Air is arguably the best full-sized tablet available today, that doesn’t mean it’s the best tablet for everyone. Amazon tablets are impressive too. In fact, for the past two years, it’s been unusual to find a holiday tablet-buying guide that didn’t have an Amazon Kindle Fire on it.
2013 is no exception. The Kindle Fired HDX 8.9 is one of the best tablets for the money, as it starts at just $379.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the best tablets thanks to its brilliant display and ultra-sharp 2560 x 1600 resolution (339 PPI) display that’s been winning raves as the current best-in-class display for a tablet. The Amazon tablet itself is also compact and very light — weighing less than Apple’s iPad Air — but still performs well thanks to a quad-core processor.
Plus, for those who are new to tablets, Amazon has included a unique ‘Mayday’ button. Tap it and within 15 seconds, an Amazon support rep will appear in a small video chat window to help out. The service is available 24/7, 365 days of the year. And it’s free, making this the best tablet to buy for beginners.
The downside of going with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is that you’ll be locking yourself into Amazon’s ecosphere, though. The app selection isn’t as good as Google Play or iTunes … so if your recipient is stuck on a specific app, maybe check out Amazon to make sure that app is available before deciding this is the best tablet to buy.