Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Paperwhite 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/reviews, techradar.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 11 hour More than 2.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
Lighter weight 221 g vs 395 g Around 45% lighter weight
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
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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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
Significantly faster web browser 1,787ms vs 4,500ms 2.5x faster web browser
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
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Slightly higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution screen

Reviews Word on the street

Kindle Paperwhite  vs Fire HD 7" 

9.0
8.0

7.1
6.3

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
7.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire HD 7" 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 213 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light Paperwhite LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 16 GB

form factor

Size 116 x 170 x 9 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm
Weight 221 g 395 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire HD 7" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G 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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