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The budget Fire

New interface

Back buttons

Micro-USB

Speaker placement

Thinner, but not that thin

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