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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Kindle Fire HD
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB)
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Apple iPad (4th generation)

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Price $198 at 1 store $379 to $469 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (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 17 reviews 3.5 stars out of 70 reviews 3.5 stars out of 38 reviews
Release date September 05, 2012 September 04, 2012 November 13, 2012 September 11, 2012
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 a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been. With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer. The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.

Basic specs

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RAM installed size Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 GB
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OS provided Info unavailable Amazon Android
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Apple iOS
Color support Info unavailable Info unavailable 24-bit
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Flash memory form factor Integrated
Integrated
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Clock speed 1.5 GHz
1.2 GHz
1300 MHz
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Weight 20 oz
13.9 oz
12 oz
1.44 lbs
Height 9.4 in
7.6 in
4.7 in
9.5 in
Input device type Info unavailable Info unavailable Camera
Touch-screen
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Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth
NFC
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
Built-in devices Info unavailable Info unavailable Display
Speakerphone
Touchscreen
Digital camera
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