If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Amazon gets down on its knees and worships Apple’s iPad with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-Inch — a me-too tablet with a comparable music ecosystem and the ability to seamlessly order new printer toner, or anything else, to one’s front door. Apple and Amazon’s tablet differences are primarily philosophical: The iPad is the unobtrusive, Swiss Army knife for your life, while the Fire HDX admits to playing catch-up by presenting itself as a product “as good as the iPad.” In some ways, however, the HDX is better. The tablet is specifically optimized to be a custom terminal for consuming Amazon goods and services in both digital and physical form. Although Amazon’s music store has only 20 million songs to Apple’s 26 million, Amazon’s store is more prominent on the device, the songs are cheaper and the “X-Ray” feature displays lyrics as the song plays. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Cloud Player is comparable in price and ease of use to Apple’s iCloud. Both are rented online lockers for a music library. Amazon offers space for the first 250 songs for free and room for 250,000 for $24.99 per year. Apple offers units of 10, 20 and 50 gigabytes for $20, $40 and $100 per year, respectively. The HDX is also cheaper ($379 vs. $499), lighter (13.2 oz. vs. 16 oz.), higher in resolution (339 pixels per inch vs. 264 ppi) and has a bigger camera (8 megapixels vs. 5 mp) than iPad Air. If the iPad Air is your chic, aluminum-bodied Lexus, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-Inch is a plastic, tricked-out Toyota Camry. They meet different needs, but don’t sleep on the Kindle Fire as a worthy competitor to Apple’s tablet.