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    The Kindle Fire HD follows the company s 2011 Kindle Fire tablet and is the latest addition to Amazon’s Kindle line of portable e-book reader devices. The Kindle Fire HD became available in October 2012 and comes as either a 7-inch or 8.9-inch tablet computer designed to compete with similar devices like the NOOK Tablet HD, the Apple iPad and the Google Nexus 7.

    The Kindle Fire HD runs on a customized version of Android 4.0 ( Ice Cream Sandwich ) and offers 1280×800 HD resolution for the 7 tablet, with the 8.9 version increasing the resolution to 1920×1200. The Kindle Fire HD begins at $199 for the 16GB 7 version.

    The Kindle Fire HD utilizes Amazon s Silk browsing architecture for a faster browsing experience, and in addition to the vast collection of e-books available from Amazon, the Kindle Fire HD also includes access to Amazon’s Appstore for thousands of apps as well as streaming movie and TV content.