Tablets

Your handy Amazon Kindle Fire cheatsheet

There are several different Kindle Fire tablets now available. We help make sense of them all here.

Since 2012, Amazon's Kindle Fire line of tablets has received annual refreshes, adding new models while retiring or augmenting older ones. In 2014, there are a total of five different tablets to choose from.

And while a bountiful line of products has its benefits, with so many tablets to choose from, selecting the right one for you can be a challenge.

In an effort to alleviate that pressure, here's a handy cheat sheet on what this year's lineup looks like in one easily digestible pane.

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The Kindle Fire HD6 is the cheapest of Amazon's tablet line. Sarah Tew/CNET

Kindle Fire HD6

The Fire HD6 is Amazon's entry-level tablet. With its 6-inch screen, the HD6 is tied -- with the 6-inch Kids Ediiton -- for the smallest of the bunch. Fortunately, with a $99 starting price, it's also the cheapest. Like all Fire tablets coming this year, it'll ship with the latest version of Amazon's Fire OS, 4.0, Sangria.

Release date: October 2, 2014.

Price: With 8GB, $99/$114 USD, £79/£89 (with special offers/without special offers); with 16GB, $114/$134 USD, £99/£109 (with special offers/without special offers).

Pricing in Australia: 8GB, US$125.98, including shipping from Amazon.com (US)

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The HD7 is identical to the HD6 in everything aside from screen size. Sarah Tew/CNET

Kindle Fire HD7

Essentially a 7-inch version of the HD6, with identical specs and of course a slightly higher price. If 6-inches is too small a screen for you, but you're still clamoring for a small tablet, this will be your smartest play.

Release date: October 2, 2014.

Price: With 8GB, $139/$154 USD, £119/£129 (with special offers/without special offers); with 16GB, $159/$174 USD, £139/£149 (with special offers/without special offers).

Pricing in Australia: 8GB, US$165.98, including shipping from Amazon.com (US)

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Thew Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7 also come in Kids Edition bundled with a case and a year of FreeTime Unlimited. Sarah Tew/CNET

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition

The Kids Edition of the Kindle Fire tablets are identical to the HD6 and HD7, but include include a case and a free year of Amazon's Kindle FreeTime Unlimited subscription service. This gives you access to over 5,000 kid-friendly movies, TV shows, educational apps, e-books, and games. In addition, if your tablet gets broken within the first two years, Amazon will replace it free of charge. The Kids Editions only come in 8GB varieties; no 16GB versions.

Release date: October 21, 2014.

Price: $149/$189 (6-inch/7-inch). (Availability for this version in the UK and Australia is not yet announced.)

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Kindle Fire HDX 7

The fastest small Kindle Fire tablet with the sharpest screen and the most features. Consider the HDX 7 if you're looking for a powerful small tablet and don't mind spending a few extra bucks. Tablets in the HDX line are the only ones to include the Mayday button, which provides near-instant customer service via video chat.

Release date: Available now.

Price:

Wi-Fi: With 16GB, $199/$214, £199/£209 (with special offers/without special offers); with 32GB $239/$254, £229/£239 (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, $279/$294, £259/£269 (with special offers/without special offers).

AT&T 4G (US): With 16GB, $299/$314 (with special offers/without special offers); with 32GB $339/$354 (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, $379/$394 (with special offers/without special offers).

Verizon 4G (US): With 16GB, $299/$314 (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, $379/$394 (with special offers/without special offers).

Vodafone 4G/LTE (UK): With 16GB, £219/£229 (with special offers/without special offers); with 32GB £249/£259 (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, £279/£289 (with special offers/without special offers).

Pricing in Australia: 16GB, US$258.97, including shipping from Amazon.com (US)

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The high-end big daddy of Kindle Fire tablets. Sarah Tew/CNET

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

If price is no object and an 8.9-inch screen size is compatible with your needs, the Fire 8.9 may be the tablet for you. Also, with a Snapdragon 805 processor, it's likely to be the fastest performing of the bunch with a supersharp 2,560x1,600 display.

Release date: October 21, 2014.

Price:

Wi-Fi: With 16GB, $379/$394 USD, £329/£339, (with special offers/without special offers); with 32GB, $429/$444 USD, £369/£379, (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, $479/$494 USD, £409/£419 (64GB with special offers/without special offers).

4G: With 32 GB, $529/544 USD, £439/£449 (with special offers/without special offers); with 64GB, $579/$594 USD, £479/£489 (with special offers/without special offers).

(Availability for this version in Australia is not yet announced.)