Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Fire vs Basic

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 techradar.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon Kindle Fire

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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
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 800 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Significantly thinner 8.7 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly lighter weight 170 g vs 413 g 2.4x lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Longer battery life 14 hour vs 7.5 hour More than 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4 hours 25% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Fire  vs
Basic 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 169 ppi 166 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 No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes No
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes No
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 8 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 413 g 170 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes No

connectivity

Kindle Fire  vs
Basic 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 1,200 MHz 800 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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