Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 1st Edition vs Fire HD 8.9"

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

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 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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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"  based on its display, bookstore, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition

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Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 16GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Significantly lighter weight 318 g vs 567 g Around 45% lighter weight
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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Much thinner 8.8 mm vs 13 mm More than 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (NOOK Book Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Noticeably bigger screen 8.9" vs 6" Around 50% bigger screen
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 800 x 600 More than 4.8x 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
Much faster web browser 1,412ms vs 4,500ms 3.2x faster web browser
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) More than 20% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK 1st Edition  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1920 x 1200
Screen size 6" 8.9"
Pixel density 166 ppi 254 ppi

features

Sync across multiple devices 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 No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 16GB) None
Memory 2 GB 64 GB

technical specs

NOOK 1st Edition  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Document support
AAX
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
HTML
MOBI
KF8
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore NOOK Book Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $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, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Size 124 x 196 x 13 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 318 g 567 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition
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