Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comparison

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
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Apple iPad Air

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Price $269 at 2 stores $339 to $379 at 3 stores $119 to $139 at 3 stores $189 to $258 at 12 stores $488 to $679 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 12 reviews 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews 3.0 stars out of 4 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews
Release date September 05, 2012 November 08, 2013 September 24, 2013 May 10, 2013 November 01, 2013
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere. With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet. The 2013 Kindle Fire HD works perfectly as an e-reader with a few extra tablet features, but users looking to take full advantage of Amazon's ecosystem should pay more for the Fire HDX. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

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Weight 20 oz
13.2 oz
12.2 oz
0.64 lbs
1 lbs
Height 9.4 in
6.2 in
5 in
7.9 in
9.4 in
RAM installed size Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 16 GB
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OS provided Info unavailable Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"
Info unavailable Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Apple iOS
Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi
Info unavailable Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
Wi-Fi
Flash memory form factor Integrated
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Clock speed 1.5 GHz
2.2 GHz
1.5 GHz
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