Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Keyboard 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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 11 hour Around 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Thinner 9 mm vs 10.3 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 274 g vs 395 g More than 30% lighter weight
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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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
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.2x higher resolution screen
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 10% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Kindle Keyboard  vs Fire HD 7" 

9.0
8.0
With just 25 European newspapers and more than 700,000 books in the Kindle US store there remains room for improvement, but momentum is building fast.
Kindle Keyboard

6.5
6.3

Overall

7.8 Out of 10
7.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Fire HD 7" 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 215 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 16 GB

form factor

Size 123 x 190 x 9 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm
Weight 274 g 395 g
Interface physical keyboard touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Fire HD 7" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No 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
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