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10 good apps for the Kindle Fire HDX

There are not as many apps for the Kindle Fire HDX as there are for Android tablets but these are some good ones. They should work on most Android tablets, too.
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Topic: Mobility
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The Kindle Fire HDX doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store for Android. Owners must shop for apps in the Amazon App Store. It doesn’t have as big a selection as the Google store, but there are thousands to choose from.

This collection was assembled with that in mind, and all apps here are available in the Amazon store. They’ve all been tested on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and should work on any Kindle Fire HDX. They should work on most Android tablets and some may be available in the Google Play Store.

Each app adds utility to the Kindle Fire HDX at little or no cost. There is an app to organize the Kindle Fire HDX and another that is a simple notepad when jotting quick notes would be useful.

These aren’t the only good apps in the Amazon App Store but are tried and true in daily use. If you have your own favorite app for the Kindle Fire HDX share it in the comments below.

See also:

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CalenGoo

The Calendar app preloaded on the Kindle Fire HDX is pretty good, but this app is gorgeous and better. It can work with the native Android calendar on the Kindle and also with Google Calendar.

It is highly customizable to get the look and feel desired, and the calendar screens can use pinch and zoom to get to the details.

It’s $5.99 in the Amazon store

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Trello

Trello is a unique app that makes it simple to collect notes and information. It uses a card metaphor that is attractive and it works with the free Trello cloud account for sharing information with work teams.

Free from Amazon

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Foxit MobilePDF

The Kindle Fire HDX can handle PDF documents natively, but it’s pretty slow with large files. This app is very fast and offers a big selection of tools for working with PDFs.

It has good bookmarking features, making it a nice tool for reading ebooks in PDF.

It’s free from Amazon.

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Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad

If you’re one of the lucky ones with artistic talent, this app is for you. It is surprisingly sophisticated for such an easy to use app.

It handles all sorts of sketching techniques with a full palette of brushes. While most will want to use Sketch Guru with a stylus, it can be used with a fingertip.

It has a surprising number of features for a free app on Amazon.

 

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ES File Explorer

This multi-function app is a must-have for every Kindle Fire HDX. At its core it is a good file manager with extra features on top of that.

One of its most useful functions is connecting to paired Bluetooth devices.

From the developer:

  • Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
  • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
  • Set the wallpaper
  • Write data to internal media storage
  • Write to external storage
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Allows an application to uninstall home screen shortcuts
  • Read only access to device state
  • Read or write the system settings
  • ACCESS_SUPERUSER
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Open network sockets
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Discover and pair bluetooth devices
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about networks

Free from Amazon

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GoToApp Full

This app isn’t pretty but it allows organizing all of the apps on the Kindle Fire HDX into tabs. It takes a while to get the hang of the setup but once you get it you have one-screen access to all of the installed apps.

$2.25 in the Amazon App Store (demo version available)

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Notepad

Sometimes you just need to make simple notes without all the overhead of a more sophisticated platform like Evernote. Notepad does that and nothing more.

Free at Amazon

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Battery HD Pro

Mobile device owners are always anxiously watching the simple battery meter on the Kindle Fire HDX to make sure there’s enough juice left in the tank. This app takes it to a new level with an attractive screen that gives a lot of information about the battery at a glance.

In addition to tracking the battery life, it provides insight into how much time is left given the current battery level, expressed in time doing common tasks. It’s useful seeing how much web browsing and other common tasks you can do without charging the device.

Available for $3.91 in the Amazon Play Store (restricted free version available)

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Neocal Advanced Calculator

Take a full-featured scientific calculator and squeeze it into a good app and you get Neocal. It handles just about every function you want on a calculator with an outstanding display.

You can put any one of a number of functions on the left sidebar, including app instructions as displayed above.

It’s $7.99 in the Amazon App Store (free version available)

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Speedtest.net

Network speed is an obsession for mobile folk, and this app is the gold standard for checking upload and download speeds. It determines the nearest server and uses it to determine the network speed in real time.

It’s free in the Amazon App Store

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