Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Keyboard 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 and Recharge time

Reviews

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Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Keyboard  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 7.5 hour 4x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 274 g vs 413 g Around 35% lighter weight
Front view of 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
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 10% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Fire 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen None Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 4 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 123 x 190 x 9 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 274 g 413 g
Interface physical keyboard touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

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