Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ now available in Canada

Ian Hardy

June 14, 2013 8:34am

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It’s true. Another tablet. This time its Amazon’s attempt to crack the Canadian market. The Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ are now available.

While Amazon’s Wi-Fi only tablets take their own unique spin on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the Kindle Fire HD has some limited services when compared to its US counterpart, namely access to apps via Google Play as it ops for their own Amazon Appstore for Android. In addition, missing from the experience, due to Canada’s licensing terms, is the streaming video service Instant Prime Video. If you can get passed these then the Kindle Fire HD tablets are a good choice, especially as they do have the Kindle eBook store that offers a great selection of material.

As far as specs, the Kindle Fire HD comes with a 7-inch 1280×800 display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a front-facing HD camera and is priced at $214 for the 16GB and $244 for the 32GB. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ has an 8.9-inch display (1920×1200), a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a front-facing HD camera and costs $284 for the 16GB and $314 for the 32GB.

Source: Amazon

  • hunkyleepickle

    Since we don’t have access to amazon prime, isn’t this kind of a wasted product to be sold up here in Canada?

    • nekkidtruth

      There are services that allow you to use Prime here in Canada.

    • JPenguin

      But if you were the type of person to use one of those services then wouldn’t you also be the type of person who could buy this from the US?

      (I wouldn’t have thought they’d be the person to buy a Kindle Fire anyway, I thought the Kindles were really geared to the cheap and less tech savvy consumer)

    • nekkidtruth

      I’m that “type of person” (whatever that means) and I do not buy my stuff from the U.S. Regardless, the fact remains that as a Canadian, there are options to get the most out of the devices we use/purchase.

    • JPenguin

      I assumed you were talking about using a VPN type service to access Prime, in which I assumed most people using VPN services are pretty tech savvy.

      I figure if you’re going to jump through hoops to get Prime then you’d also be likely to jump through hoops to buy a Kindle Fire via a remailing service or cross-border delivery pickup service. I could see the logic in getting a VPN for Prime (and presumably NetFlix, Pandora, etc) but buying a cheap tablet which needs additional services to provide content seems like a silly idea to me.

    • nekkidtruth

      You’re basing this off the assumption that we live 5 years in the past where you can’t simply change the DNS servers on your router and use ANY device on your network which easily gives you access to U.S. content. You don’t have to be technologically savvy anymore.

      There are better options for tablets sure, but that doesn’t make this particular one useless.

    • David Pollock

      But if you account is not linked to an American Credit Card and Address you cannot get access to any of these Prime services so what is the point of a Fire?

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    I would go with a Nexus tablet. Kindle just has very little to offer Canadians

    • Skazzberry 2.0

      Nexus 7 or 10 wins.

  • bob

    I don’t care!

  • robert_

    Hey look, it’s a PlayBook with rounded corners!!

  • TomsDisqusted

    $284 for the HD 9″ actually sounds like a pretty good price.

  • Aiden

    If anyone is considering these for reading books on I’d strongly recommend you get the Kindle Paperwhite instead. I just got a Paperwhite and wow is it ever awesome to read on, whereas a “tablet” screen kinda hurts the eyes after reading for a while I find.