Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Fire HD 8.9" vs DX

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com and reviews.cnet.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  based on its display.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

Reasons to consider the
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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 a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) 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
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1200 x 824 More than 2.2x higher resolution screen
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Thinner 8.8 mm vs 9.6 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
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Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8.9" Around 10% bigger screen
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
DX 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1200 x 824
Screen size 8.9" 9.7"
Pixel density 254 ppi 150 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 567 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
DX 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 4G 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 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
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