Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Kindle Fire HDX 7: A visual comparison

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Kindle Fire HDX 7: A visual comparison

Summary: The latest tablets from Amazon are each good in their own right. Which one to choose often comes down to size so we pit them head-to-head to help you decide which is better for you.

TOPICS: Mobility, Amazon, Tablets

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  • Tale of two Kindles

    Amazon released the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets a few months ago. Both have excellent hardware and run the capable Fire OS. The decision of which one to buy often comes down to size so we’ve compared them head-to-head to help make that decision easier.

    I bought the larger Kindle Fire HDX a while back and love the device. Even so, as I recently wrote, a good tablet purchase often comes down to mobility vs screen size. Getting the smallest display that you can comfortably use is the best way to go, and that’s not always apparent at purchase time.

    See related: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9: Two weeks in and replacing the iPad Air (almost) | Why you should buy a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (review) | Kindle Fire HDX: Smooth operation, great screen (hands on) | Belkin QODE Keyboard Case for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9: Poor design at a price | Review: Poetic Keybook Case, take the Kindle Fire HDX to work

    I experienced this first-hand and after using the 8.9-inch screen for months, I recently bought the smaller model. I find the better portability of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a better fit for my needs. Having both models it makes sense to give a visual comparison of the two for readers trying to decide.

    The primary difference between the two tablets is screen size. resolution, price, and the lack of a rear camera on the smaller Kindle Fire HDX. The size of the display can have a big difference to the user as apps can display differently on the two devices.

    It's surprising given its higher resolution that the pixels per inch (ppi) of the Kindle Fire 8.9 is only slightly higher than that of the 7-inch tablet (339 vs. 323). The audio of both tablets sounds really good, probably the best on any tablet I've tried.

    The photos in this collection show popular apps running side-by-side on both tablets. Some apps display better on one size and if that's the case that is indicated. The rest are shown to help you decide which size you prefer for running your favorite apps.

    You'll notice on the following slides that the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 screen looks whiter than that of the smaller Kindle. This is exaggerated on the photos, and while the 8.9 is whiter the difference is not as distinct in reality.

    Hardware comparison of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9:

      Kindle Fire HDX 7 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
    Processor Quad-core 2.2 GHz Quad-core 2.2 GHz
    Display 7-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 (323 ppi) 2,560 x 1,600 (339 ppi)
    Camera Front only Front and 8MP rear
    Storage 16, 32, 64GB 16, 32, 64GB
    Dimensions 7.3 x 5.0 x 0.35 inches 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.31 inches

    Wi-fi only: 10.7 oz

    4G: 11 oz

    Wi-fi only: 13.2 oz

    4G: 13.5 oz

  • Home screen

    Both Kindles show the home screen well in both screen orientations.

Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Tablets

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  • So what was the overall difference in the user experience?!

    Fortunately I am not faced with a decision between the two because this article would not have helped one bit if I were. OF COURSE most apps will run on either! They were designed to do that. What would have helped is your most negative and positive experiences with each. Other than the facebook app text being too small on the 7 inch unit (your own fault for using facebook in the first place) were there any real differences in the user experience between them? Did the larger unit require two hands and the smaller only one? Could the larger unit be held at a more comfortable distance than the smaller? Is one generally more pleasing to use? I EXPECT them to be pretty much the same. What is different?!

    BTW, since the larger unit will almost certainly be held a bit further away, the almost identical DPI will effectively be a higher angular dot pitch as seen by your eyes, although, I don't think it matters a hoot. My Samsung Note 8 is only 189 DPI and that is quite high enough for me. I have to hold it pretty close to my nose to even notice the individual dots. I think most tech writers complain about low DPI when they can't see individual dots to begin with.
  • GReader Pro?

    How did you get GReader Pro on either HDX? It only seems to be available via Google Play. The free version is in the Amazon App Store, but not the Pro version. I can find any other stores that offer it either.
  • Awesome Gadget

    Awesome gadget with 2.2GHz quad-core processor @ 379$ only!! check this out at amazon:
  • Tips for Kindle Readers

    Here are my favorite Kindle related sites. Can anyone add to the list? for organizing book notes. Goodreads for book recommendations. for sending a html page to my Kindle.