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Pretty much the same

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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Two ports

The Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports come in handy from time to time.

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Flush

As with those on the 7-incher, the Fire HD's buttons are too flush with the tablet's body.

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Speaker power

The Fire HD's 8.9's speakers deliver the best sound we've heard from any tablet.

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Time to be free

Amazon's FreeTime app is a well-implemented parental controls/profiles feature.

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Lacking

Whether under Wi-Fi or 4G, the Web experience on the Fire HD 8.9 is disappointing.

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Better suited

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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Great text

The Fire HD 8.9's 1,920x1,080-pixel screen delivers crisp text.

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