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6 things Nexus 9 does that Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 can't

Al Sacco | Dec. 15, 2014
The new Google Nexus 9 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) are both quality high-end tablet options, but they outshine each other in a number of notable ways. Here are six things the Nexus 9 does that the Fire HDX 8.9 can't.

6) Nexus 9 Looks and Feels Better Than Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
OK, this last point doesn't exactly fit the concept of this comparison, because it's not something the Nexus 9 can do that the Fire HDX can't. It is something I've thought about a lot during my time with these two tablets, and it's certainly something I'd want to know if I were trying to pick between the two.

When placed side-by-side, display-up, the Nexus 9 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 look a lot alike. As soon as you pick them up, though, two noteworthy differences become obvious. First, the Kindle Fire HDX feels "plasticy" and flimsy, while the Nexus 9 is notably heavier but also much more sturdy-feeling. (The Wi-Fi version of the Kindle Fire weighs 375 grams, while the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 weights 425 grams, a full 50 grams more.)

The Kindle Fire HDX is built entirely of plastic, except of course for the glass display, which probably accounts for its somewhat "cheap" feeling in hand. The Nexus 9 is also mostly made of plastic, but it's surrounded by a thin metal bezel, composed of a single piece of brushed steel, which makes it feel much more sturdily built and could have something to do with the difference in weight.

The metal bezel also adds some panache, a bit of je ne sais quoi, that the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sorely lacks. To me, the Kindle Fire looks and feels like a tablet designed for use by children; the Nexus 9 looks and feels like it's built for the big boys.

Google's Nexus 9 is also available in three color options: "indigo black," "lunar white," and "sand," which just looks like plain old gold to me. The Fire HDX 8.9 comes only in black.

Of course, as soon as you throw a case on your tablet, the look and feel changes based on your cover of choice. The Nexus 9 is still by far the better-looking option, though, and perhaps more importantly, it appears to be built more sturdily.

For more information on the Nexus 9 visit Google's website or the Play Store product page. And check out Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 page for additional details on its new tablet.


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