HTC Nexus 9 vs Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 – A Brief Preview and Comparison

Just as November started, ending the preceding weeks of rumors, Google officially announced the new and improved HTC Nexus 9 Tablet, which runs the latest update of the Android OS called the 5.0 Lollipop.

With the tablet’s official confirmation to come knocking through the market real soon, a plethora of prospective buyers are beginning to weigh their possible options in purchasing an Android powered tablet that can really compete with the new generation tablets that are to come in 2015.

While the Nexus update is indeed a big reveal for all the avid fans of the popular tablet name out there, it’s not the only player in the market. Standing its ground among Android and Apple would be another extremely famous option, the Amazon tablets line. The company has finally decided to make their grand announcement as well for the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet. There can’t be any reason more valid to your frustration on choosing which is the better one with both these big boys treading the red carpet. Let us, however, ease it up a bit through a quick comparison.


One of the most important aspects of all the modern mobile devices would be the display. The Nexus 9 and the Fire HDX 2014 both have the same screen size of 8.9-inches. Regardless, Amazon seemingly beats Google on where it counts: the resolution. That goes to say videos and pictures are much clearer and crisper through 2560 x 1600 full HD display. A total vibrant imagery in contrast with the the Nexus 9’s 2048 x 1536 resolution.


There is clearly some reasonable disparity between the designs of both tablets. The Nexus 9 has a premium and much sleeker one. Adding more to that effect would be the adamant-like silver edges, which shine and shimmer in scratch resistance. It is also available in three different colors, black, gold and white. On the contrary, the Fire HDX has a rather boring and bland look. Though the latter has sharper rear curves for easy handling, it doesn’t look as good as it feels, especially with the housing material being plastic. And it’s only available in one color, which is black.

Specs and Features

The HTC Nexus 9 and the Fire HDX 2014 are actually well stacked in terms of internal specifications. The former has an edge on gaming with its NVIDIA Tegra K1 Graphics Booster Processor, 64-bit, 2GB RAM. The latter has a Snapdragon Quadcore Processor. Both have awesome sound quality with the Nexus having the HTC Boomsound speakers while the HDX 2014 has the Dual Dolby Atmos. Both have pretty the same camera qualities with 8MP. The OS points towards the Nexus with it being an Android Lollipop release while the HDX still having the previous version, the KitKat. Nevertheless, both Android versions don’t really depict much of a difference.


The Nexus 9 starts at $399 with its 16GB built, going higher by its storage capacity of up to 32GB with LTE flavor. The Fire HDX starts at pretty much the same range as well of around $380 to $394 in Amazon.

There you have it, a preview/comparison of the HTC Nexus 9 and the Amazon Fire HDX 2014. In conclusion, both tablets have their nuances and it is going to be a reasonably tough wrestle for consumers in deciding which one to choose.

The Nexus 9 was actually available for pre-orders since the first week of November, so I guess that allows HTC to have more advantage over initial market sales.

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