As I predicted, Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablets were a big hit over the holidays, and in my mind is a better tablet than the iPad. Not only is it far cheaper than the iPad – starting at an insanely cheap $229 – but they also comes in 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties and are packed with high-end parts. Unless you're already invested in the iOS ecosystem, then the Kindle Fire HDX is a tablet worth looking at. And even if you are already an iPhone or iPad user, or own an Android-powered smartphone or tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX makes an awesome second tablet for browsing and content consumption
But a great tablet can be made even better by augmenting it with accessories, and there are some awesome add-ons for Amazon's flagship tablet.
Note: Some of these accessories are specific for the Kindle Fire HDX while other will work with any tablet or smartphone.
This is Amazon's official fast charger for the Kindle tablets. The PowerFast charger pumps out 9W/1.8A of power, and is far beefier than the standard 5W charger.
The speaker already built into the Kindle Fire HDX are awesome, but sometimes you need a little more oomph in the audio department.
Enter the Inateck BTSP-10.
This is a compact, Bluetooth-enabled speaker with a volume of 88dB, and features two 1.5“ dual channel speakers create the impression of 3D surround sounds.
This Bluetooth speaker features a high-performing microphone, which allows you to conduct clear voice phone calls, Skype calls or conferences anywhere you choose.
The built-in battery can keep the unit going for 10 hours when using Bluetooth, or 20 hours when connected via cable.
Exclusively designed for the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets. It offers 3-in-1 functionality or Bluetooth V3.0 keyboard, stand and a premium carrying case.
The laptop-style keyboard offers a better typing experience than silicone keyboards offered on other cases.
The keyboard charges up in about 2.5 to 3 hours, and that offers a working time of around 60 hours.
Price: $35.95 (7-inch) | $39.95 (8.9-inch).
Five handy accessories for Kindle Fire HDX owners.
- The car charger allows you to charge your Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Kindle Paperwhite, Google Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Google New Nexus 7 FHD 2nd Generation Tablet when you're on the road
- Micro USB cable allows data sync with your phone and tablet. Data transfer only, NOT for charging.
- Round end stylus pen, useful and sensitive at any angle
- Fishbone cord wrap keep your cables tangle-free and just the right length
- Bonus velcro cable tie
There's nothing worse than getting a scratch on your screen, but cheap screen protectors not only don't provide much protection but also degrade the viewing experience considerably.
ArmorSuit-MilitaryShield features exceptional clarity and UV protection to prevent yellowing. It is made from the same protective film material used to protect military aircrafts, helicopters and space shuttles. MilitaryShield is also equipped with "self-healing" properties to maximize the protection. It also peels off easy without leaving a residue.
ArmorSuit comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
Price: $6.95 (7-inch) | $7.98 (8.9-inch).
Designed by Amazon to perfectly fit the Kindle Fire HDX tablets.
Innovative built-in Origami stand folds into landscape or portrait orientation for hands-free viewing, which also redirects the sound from the Kindle Fire HDX speakers towards you, giving you a rich cinematic Dolby Digital Plus sound experience.
Full-coverage case attaches magnetically for easy on and off, and automatically wakes and puts your Kindle to sleep by simply opening and closing the case.
Premium natural leather with a color-matched microfiber interior to protect your screen and keep it clean.
Price: $54.99 (7-inch) | $69.95 (8.9-inch).
Chances are that the Kindle Fire HDX will be one of many devices that you have that need charging from a USB port. If you have a lot of devices, then this Belkin 10-port USB power charger may be just what you need.
For those with fewer devices, there is also a 4-port version available.
Despite the Kindle Fire HDX having an awesome set of speakers, sometimes you just want to listen to something in peace or in private.
I've been through literally hundreds of headphones over the years and the Sennheiser PMX 685i are my favorites. Not only are they rugged and sweatproof – ideal for the gym – but they are comfortable and give out great sound.