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

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 Fire HD 8.9" 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Much lighter weight 221 g vs 567 g 2.6x lighter weight
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10 hour More than 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
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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Noticeably bigger screen 8.9" vs 6" Around 50% bigger screen
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
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution screen
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
Much faster web browser 1,412ms vs 4,500ms 3.2x faster web browser
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% 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

Reviews Word on the street

Kindle Paperwhite  vs Fire HD 8.9" 

9.0
9.0

7.1
7.3

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1920 x 1200
Screen size 6" 8.9"
Pixel density 213 ppi 254 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 64 GB

form factor

Size 116 x 170 x 9 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 221 g 567 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire HD 8.9" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,500 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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