Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Fire HD 8.9" 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 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, performance and reviews.

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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 cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Much more storage capacity 55.7 GB vs 5.5 GB Around 10.2x more storage capacity
Significantly thinner 8.8 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 600 3.8x higher resolution screen
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Faster web browser 1,412ms vs 2,517ms Around 45% faster web browser
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; read more between charges
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Lighter weight 413 g vs 567 g More than 25% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
Fire 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1024 x 600
Screen size 8.9" 7"
Pixel density 254 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 55.7 GB 5.5 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 567 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 4G None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,200 MHz
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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