Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs Fire HD 8.9"


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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 Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Significantly lighter weight 347 g vs 567 g Around 40% lighter weight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Much quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% 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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Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Thinner 8.8 mm vs 10.5 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1280 x 800 2.2x higher resolution screen
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 7  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1200
Screen size 7" 8.9"
Pixel density 215 ppi 254 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


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
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls No Yes

form factor

Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 347 g 567 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes


Nexus 7  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz 1,500 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes No


Expansion slot None None
Google Nexus 7
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