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The budget Fire

The new Kindle Fire HD is the budget version of the Fire HDX. Starting at $140, it's definitely cheap, but loses plenty of bells and whistles to make that price.
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New interface

The Fire HD ships with Amazon's Fire 3.0 OS, but loses X-Ray for Music and the convenient Mayday feature.
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Back buttons

When holding the tablet in your hands, the power and volume buttons are easy to access. However when it's lying down on its back, accessing them doesn't happen as quickly.
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Micro-USB can be used for file transfers or charging, as with most Android-based tablets.
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Speaker placement

The speakers sit near the bottom of the tablet, similar to the 2012 Fire HD, but unlike the HDX, where they're located toward the top.
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Thinner, but not that thin

That's a thinner profile than the 2012 Fire HD has, but fatter than the Fire HDX's.
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