Kindle Fire Vs Playbook | Best Value Buys!

Kindle Fire vs Playbook comparison for those considering a Blackberry Playbook tablet and wondering how this QNX based tablet compares vs the best selling Android tablet.

  • Is Playbook better than Kindle Fire
  • How Does Kindle Fire Compare with Blackberry Playbook
  • Should I buy Kindle Fire or Blackberry Playbook?


First, a head to head comparison of the two tablets followed by discussion of the features that stand out in the comparison and conclusion.

Kindle Fire vs Playbook Comparison Table

FeaturesKindle FirePlaybook
Size189 x 120 mm194 x 130 mm
Thickness11.4 mm10 mm
Weight400 grams425 grams
Screen size7 inches7 inches
Resolution1024 x 6001024 x 600
Pixels Per Inch169
Processor1.2 GHZ,Dual Core1GHZ, Dual Core
Storage8 GB16,32,64 GB
Battery Life8 hours8~10 hours
Expandable MemoryNoNo
Cloud StorageYesNo
Front CameraNo3MP,HD
Rear CameraNo5MP,HD
Blue ToothNoYes
Price$139$149, $179

Kindle Fire vs Playbook | Comparison Points That Stand Out

Both Kindle Fire and Playbook are similar tablets in terms of size, weight, screen size, display and even the processor speed.

However, as you can see from above comparison there are clear areas where Kindle Fire starts to deviate from the Playbook and other premium tablets in the market.


  • Kindle Fire – Available in 8GB Model only
  • Playbook – Available in 32GB and 64GB models

Kindle Fire is limited in storage, and tries to get away with this limitation by providing 5GB free cloud storage and free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.

With the 16GB Model being discontinued, the Playbook is now available in generous 32GB and 64GB models.

Processor and RAM

  • Kindle Fire – 1.2 GHZ Dual Core Processor, 512MB RAM
  • Playbook – 1GHz, OMAP 4430 Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM

In terms of processing performance, the new Kindle Fire has an edge on Playbook due to its faster 1.2 GHZ processor. When it comes to RAM, the Playbook offers double capacity as that of Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire vs Playbook | Operating System

  • Kindle Fire – Android
  • Playbook – QNX

Kindle Fire at its core is an Android tablet which has been heavily customized by Amazon to suit the needs of a typical Amazon lover.

The Playbook operates on QNX operating system. In case you are wondering, QNX is older than Android, older than Apple’s iOS and in-fact older than Linux operating system.

While QNX is a very dependable OS, the software side of Playbook should get a major boost when RIM comes out with BB10 update for the Playbook.


  • Kindle Fire – No Camera
  • Playbook – 3MP and 5MP front and back facing HD camera’s

The Playbook like the iPad and other premium tablets, sports a front and a rear facing camera for video chat and taking pictures. Kindle Fire, is a device that is focused on media consumption and does not come with features required for content creation.

In case you are focusing on value for money, the Playbook is clear winner in this area. The cameras on the Playbook are in-fact better than that on iPad2 (See Playbook 2.0 Vs iPad)

More Things that Playbook has and Kindle Fire Lacks

  • Integrated GPS and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Impressive front facing stereo speakers
  • True HDMI out – Connects to TV, Projector without the need for any conversion Kit
  • Blackberry Bridge – Seamless Connectivity with BB smartphone that lets you do some cool stuff
  • Powerful office Tools – Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Print to go
  • Security – Blackberry’s trusted data encryption and security features
  • Dynamic Inbox and Contact List – Lets you access live Spocial Media updates


Kindle Fire Features

While other tablets have tried to follow the path set by Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s master stroke of providing a low priced tablet with just the essential hardware for connecting users to Amazon’s huge collection of digital content has really worked well.

Going by the success of Kindle Fire, users are loving its low price, quality of hardware and seamless connectivity to Amazon’s digital content.

  • Over 100,000 videos, movies, and popular TV shows.
  • 800,000 books, 17 million songs, popular ‘Apps’ and games – including Netflix,Hulu Plus and Pandora
  • Easy to Buy or rent Movies
  • Amazon Prime Membership ($79/year), offers unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows
  • Prime Members can borrow one book per month Free and keep as long as they wish
  • Amazon’s whispersync technology – Lets you read books, watch movies accross other devices like PC,MAC and TV. You can start watching movie on Kindle Fire and resume watching from the same point on your TV.


You will love Kindle Fire in case you are looking for a tablet to read magazines, books, watch movies and videos, play games and have immediate access to books, magazines and movies that you can buy or rent on demand.

The Playbook is a real value buy, a full fledged tablet that is comparable to Apple iPadSamsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7 and other leading tablets in the market.