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Christmas Gift Guide

Pretty much the same

Two ports

Flush

Speaker power

Time to be free

Lacking

Better suited

Great text

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9's interface is the same one used in the Fire HD 7-inch and the Kindle Fire (2012).
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The Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports come in handy from time to time.
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As with those on the 7-incher, the Fire HD's buttons are too flush with the tablet's body.
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The Fire HD's 8.9's speakers deliver the best sound we've heard from any tablet.
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Amazon's FreeTime app is a well-implemented parental controls/profiles feature.
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Whether under Wi-Fi or 4G, the Web experience on the Fire HD 8.9 is disappointing.
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The Fire HD 8.9, with its 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 CPU, is a better game machine than its smaller brother.
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The Fire HD 8.9's 1,920x1,080-pixel screen delivers crisp text.
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