Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Fire HD 8.9" vs Fire HD 7"

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

Winner
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 

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

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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 12.6 GB Around 4.5x more storage capacity
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Thinner 8.8 mm vs 10.3 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1280 x 800 2.2x higher resolution screen
Slightly faster web browser 1,412ms vs 1,787ms More than 20% faster web browser
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Lighter weight 395 g vs 567 g More than 30% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs 7" 

9.0
8.0

7.3
6.3

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
7.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
7" 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1280 x 800
Screen size 8.9" 7"
Pixel density 254 ppi 215 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 12.6 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 16 GB

connectivity

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  vs
7" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 4G None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

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 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm
Weight 567 g 395 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
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