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Five good apps for the Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX tablets are as good as anything out there, and these apps are a big reason why.
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Written by James Kendrick, Contributor on

I picked up the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet almost a year ago, as the good hardware at a decent price drew me in. It is still a solid tablet that is worth considering by those looking for a solid investment.

See also: iPad Air 2 vs. Kindle Fire HDX: Which is the best tablet? (ZDNet — Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)

Even good devices need decent apps to be fully utilized and fortunately there are a lot of them to choose from. Having used dozens of apps on the Fire HDX 8.9, these are the ones I spend the most time using. Note these also work well on the Fire HDX 7.

Silk Browser
Silk Browser

Silk Browser — This is the browser from Amazon that ships on the Fire tablets and it is a great app. It has lightning performance and the touch interface is superb. It easily handles multiple open tabs with a fast page refresh rate. 

I am a big fan of Google's Chrome browser and even took the time to sideload it on the Fire HDX. The Silk Browser is so good that I don't ever use Chrome, which is saying a lot.

Included with Fire HDX

Feedly
Feedly

Feedly — Working with lots of RSS feeds to follow news of the day requires a good app. The Feedly app works with the service from the same folks and it presents news items in a nice magazine layout that makes it fast to cover a lot of ground. 

Free

Tweetings
Tweetings

Tweetings — Twitter apps are a dime a dozen and this is one of the best. The interface uses the screen of the Fire 8.9 nicely, switching to a two-column format in landscape. It's an attractive app that is also very functional.

$3.99

WPS Office
WPS Office

WPS Office — The Fire HDX tablets are good for taking to the office, and this app included with Fire OS 4 is a reason why. This office suite, formerly known as Kingsoft Office, has a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation app all rolled into one. It handles most Microsoft Office documents, and it does so with a nice interface. It handles PDF documents too.

Included with Fire HDX

Kindle
Kindle

Kindle — This choice may seem obvious but the Kindle app is a great one on the Fire HDX. The Fire HDX tablets are my favorite way to read Kindle ebooks, and this app is the reason why.

Free

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