Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Fire HD 7" vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (ePaper) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Noticeably bigger screen 7" vs 5" 40% bigger screen
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 640 x 480 More than 3.2x higher resolution screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Lighter weight 213 g vs 395 g More than 45% lighter weight
Significantly longer battery life 24 hour vs 11 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (ePaper) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Thinner 9.5 mm vs 10.3 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire HD 7"  vs
Libre Pro 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 640 x 480
Screen size 7" 5"
Pixel density 215 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD ePaper
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Note taking Yes No
Text to speech Yes No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes No
Stereo speakers Yes No
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes No

storage

Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 16 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 395 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kindle Fire HD 7"  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port micro-USB mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
AAX
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
HTML
MOBI
KF8
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform No Yes
Bookstore Kindle Store None
EBookstore size 4 M book N/A
Free content free content 2.5 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program Yes N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending Yes N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs N/A
Has retail store locations No N/A
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"
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