Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 4 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?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Apple iPad 4 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Noticeably bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution screen
Thinner 9 mm vs 10.3 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster web browser 850ms vs 1,787ms 2.1x faster web browser
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Significantly lighter weight 395 g vs 652 g Around 40% lighter weight
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HD 7" 
Screen resolution 2048 x 1536 1280 x 800
Screen size 9.7" 7"
Pixel density 263 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore iBookstore Kindle Store
Average NYT best sellers price $9.45 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 36 38
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes No

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 16 GB

connectivity

iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HD 7" 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

form factor

Size 241 x 186 x 9 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm
Weight 652 g 395 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad 4
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"
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