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

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, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Thinner 10.3 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 7.5 hour More than 45% longer battery life; read more between charges
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution screen
Faster web browser 1,787ms vs 2,517ms Around 30% faster web browser
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Reader Rocket is not aware of any important advantages of the Fire vs the Fire HD 7" 16GB.

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire HD 7"  vs
Fire 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 12.6 GB 5.5 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Kindle Fire HD 7"  vs
Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

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

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore Kindle Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No

form factor

Size 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 395 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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