Kindle Fire HD, which claims to be the world’s most advanced 7-inch tablet and the best-selling product on Amazon is now available for sale in Canada and also in 170 other countries.
Having intimate knowledge of its customers, Amazon has designed Kindle Fire HD tablet to offer what most users would like to see in a tablet.
- HD Display – The screen is bright, brilliant and graphics are crisp and smooth — Mashable
- Dolby Digital Speakers – The Fire HD’s speakers are the most ear-bleedingly awesome tablet speakers you’ve ever heard — CNET
- Super-fast Dual-band WiFi – It boasts amazing Wi-Fi connectivity, perhaps the best so far in any device I have either owned or tried — Gigaom
- Instant access to never ending Content (Movies, videos, games, books…).
Kindle Fire HD tablet is available in seven-inch and 8.9-inch models, catering both to lovers of the small 7-inch form factor and also those who wanted a tablet bigger than 7-inch but smaller than a 10″ net-book.
Which Kindle Fire HD to Go for | 7-inch or 8.9-inch
As far as our knowledge goes, it was Canada’s own Blackberry which started the trend of 7-inch tablets.
However, Blackberry’s 7-inch tablet was slammed by iPad loving critics, both for its small screen size! and lack of native email support.
Amazon was quick to seize the opportunity, launching its disruptive Kindle Fire Tablet for an un-thinkable $199, at a time when people were gladly lining up to pay $599 for an iPad.
Coming back to the model choice, take a look at the below head to head Kindle Fire HD comparison table and you should be able to clearly see the differences between the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire Models.
Kindle Fire HD 7 vs HD 8.9 Comparison
|Features||Fire HD 7||Fire HD 8.9|
|Size (L x W)||7.6″ x 5.4″||9.4″ x 6.4″|
|Weight||395 grams||567 grams|
|Screen size||7 inches||8.9 inches|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||1920 x 1200|
|Processor/RAM||1.2 GHZ, 1GB||1.5 GHZ, 1GB|
|OS||Android 4.0||Android 4.0|
|Battery Life||10~11 hours||10 hours|
|Camera||Front Facing||Front Facing|
|Speakers||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital|
|HDMI Out Port||Yes||Yes|
|Network||Dual Band WiFi||Dual Band WiFi|
|Storage||16,32 GB||16,32 GB|
Let us now get into details of the major difference between the two models.
- Kindle Fire HD 7 – 1280 by 800 display @ 216ppi
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 -1920 x 1200 @254ppi
As you can see above, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offers true HD 1080p display, while the 7-inch model offers a slightly lower 720p HD display.
Both Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9 are fitted with Amazon’s advanced display technology that makes use of a polarising filter and the latest in anti-glare technology to render enhanced color, improved contrast and better viewing angles.
- Kindle Fire HD 7 – 1.2 GHZ dual core OMAP 4460, 1 GB RAM
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – 1.5 GHZ dual-core OMAP4470, 1 GB RAM
Both models are powered by very capable OMAP processors that can easily handle most functions that you are likely to perform with a tablet, including demanding gameplay and HD video streaming.
- Kindle Fire HD 7 – 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″ thick
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – 9.4″ x 6.4″ x 0.4″ thick
This is where it comes to preference, there are those who love the 7-inch form factor for its portability and ease of carrying while commuting to work and also for its low price.
The bigger 8.9″ model offers comparatively better resolution and more processing power and also comes at a higher price.
16 GB Kindle Fire HD or 32GB
Storage is never an issue with Kindle Fire, 16GB is good enough for most users, also Amazon provides free storage for all your digital content that is purchased directly from Amazon.
However, most people are attracted by Amazon’s enticing pricing that allows the customers to double up the storage capacity by adding another $30 to the base 16GB model.
Kindle Fire HD 7 in our view is a better choice for those who are looking for a tablet to accompany on their daily commute to work. The smaller tablet is also suited for those who are budget conscious.
The bigger Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is better suited for home use, the bigger screen definitely makes it easy to share videos and movies with a family member.
- Price, Portability – Kindle Fire HD 7
- Ideal For Home Use – Kindle Fire HD 8.9