Amazon's bid for an iPad killer is a bulked-up version of its 7-inch Fire HD tablet. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD comes in at $299 and offers a 1920 x 1200 HD display, Dolby audio speakers, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a dual-band Wi-Fi antenna.
In most respects, it is simply a larger version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, but there are some exceptions (aside from the larger, higher-res display). For starters, you'll get the option for 4G wireless broadband on the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. There's also an option for a 64GB model (the 7-inch tops off at 32GB). There's a slightly lower battery life on the larger Fire HD (10 hours vs. the 7-inch's 11).
Much like the 7-inch model, reviewers argued that this tablet is principally geared toward Amazon consumers - Kindle book readers, Amazon Prime video streamers, and any customer that's not interested in exploring the much larger universe of apps available on Apple or Android-based tablets. This is either very limiting, or very liberating, depending on your love of Amazon content.
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