Since Amazon announced that Kindle Fire HD tablets will be released in Canada on 13th June, the rush to book the Kindle Fire has been tremendous.
Kindle Fire HD is available in two models, the 7” and 8.9” tablets. There are a few basic differences between both devices and it sometimes gets confusing for the buyers to select the right device. I have been doing a bit of research myself and I find very little for the Canadian users to review. So here is a roundup on both the Kindle Fire tablets to make the choice easier for you.
Kindle Fire HD is basically a high-tech eReader, oh yeah it is a first-rate eReader on which you can watch HD movies, listen to songs, browse the internet, catch up using emails or chat and play games when you don’t want anything else to do. It’s much more than just an Android tablet, Kindle Fire is a personalized version of Android that links you to the world of Amazon.
The thing I find most amicable about the Kindle Fire HD is that it’s extremely user friendly and almost anyone can use it. You do not need to have any technical knowledge to enjoy the powerful HD experience. Talking about anyone being able to use it, it’s a wonderful choice for kids, because with the extended parental controls from the Kindle reader and the Kindle Paperwhite this device brings a lot of options using which you can restrict the content your child is accessing.
There is also a great advantage to Kindle tablets given that they have improved the air gap issue in their patented built in light technology so now it’s practically the best ever tablet that could let you read in practically all kinds of light.
So coming to the big question what will be the perfect choice for me, Kindle Fire HD 7” or Kindle Fire HD 8.9”?
Amazon claim that Kindle Fire HD is the world’s most advanced 7” tablet having a 1280×800 display that is anti glare that gives a rich and powerful contrast and a view that is perfect from any angle, given the DOLBY audio and the dual driver speakers, that gives clear and crisp sound from your in-built speakers the 7” Kindle Fire is an ideal package that comes with front facing camera, blue tooth along with the Wi-Fi connectivity, 10 point multi-touch and its light weight makes it a perfect choice.
Talking about Kindle Fire 8.9 it’s slightly larger than the 7” device and comes with the highest resolution any Kindle device ever offered, that is 1920×1200 HD. All of the features of the 7” Fire are already included in Kindle Fire HD 8.9”. The battery life is around 10 hours which is comparatively less than the 7” Fire but the 8.9” has a better processor and speed to match it.
Let’s take them side by side and have a comparison which one will be a perfect match to your requirements.
Build and Design:
Both the Kindle Fire HD are similar in design and built. The only difference is the screen that is wider and vibrant for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9”. Both are designed to be used in the landscape mode only except for reading eBooks. The devices are robust and sleek as they are intended for using in the go or while travelling but they are lacklustre as compared to iPad and the other tablets in market. The grooved bezel is a bit thicker than the tablets in market like Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. The 7” device weighing 395 gm is considerably lighter than 8.9” which is 567gm. As they are both identical they have the same ports and USB slots. The volume and power buttons are on the right hand and quite hidden by the tablet’s body or cover which makes them hard to find. Another annoying thing is that the status bar and back button sides sometimes to the right of the keyboard and you reach across it instinctively in place of the delete button. The head phone jack is on the top of the tablet and both the speakers are on the rear side where as the webcam is in the centre of the screen.
The Kindle Fire HD 7” supports a 1280×800 10-point multi touch capacitive screen having IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel that gives the detail 720 pixels. It’s pretty nice for the 7” tablet but in the later version the screen size is increased to 8.9” and in turn a display of 1080 pixels HD. This means super fine image quality, clearness and a sharp look. Not to mention that the device viewing angles are ample.
Performance and Hardware
Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is without doubt better in performance than its predecessor Kindle Fire HD 7”, even though it’s not as good as the Nexus 7 or the iPad mini but it’s certainly faster than many other tablets in the market. The Dual-core 1.5GHz processor gives the 8.9” device an edge over the 7” considerably. The Kindle Fire HD 7” is low in terms of speed and processing capabilities and is not up to the expectations especially regarding browsing or opening apps. Both devices also have a micro HDMI port which connects the video streaming to which on big screen or television and do not support extendable memory.
Kindle Fire devices offers a reliable battery life, Amazon claims the Kindle Fire HD 7” to have a battery life of 11 hours and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is just behind an hour in battery millage with Wi-Fi turned on, browsing and video/music playing on the devices. However the actual results vary but are not far from what Amazon boasts. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 lets you browse, watch the video on a high brightness screen and takes more than 7.5 hours to empty the battery approximately.
The Kindle Fire HD 7” gives a better outcome when tested on full load it gives around 8 to 9 hours of battery life that’s still pretty low compared to the Nexus 7 but it is fairly closer to that of iPad. You will need to buy the charger as with the Kindle devices because this device comes with the USB power cable only. Both the devices charge up fully around 4 hours.
Both the Kindle Fire comes with internal memory of 16 GB or 32 GB though 4 GB are used on both tablets by the OS and other apps and slightly more than 12 or 26 GB are available for user content respectively. The Amazon cloud storage is available for all Amazon users of course and is free of any restriction to the memory you consume on the cloud.
The Kindle Fire HD 7” 16 GB is available for Canadian users for CND$ 214 and the 32 GB upgraded version comes for CND$ 244 which is a competitive price to offer as compared with the tablets in market that match the features of Kindle Fire HD 7” tablet. Whereas the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is on sale for CND$ 284 and the 32GB comes for CND$ 314 only.
There isn’t much difference between the two Kindle Fire devices in terms of the speed, design, and performance as you have already read. So it’s not a big deal which device you should pick. If you are already using any Kindle devices earlier than this will be easier for you.
Kindle Fire HD will be a best choice for those who will not want to switch from using Amazon’s data cloud and services and would like a pure entertainment device. The main features that will make your decision will be based on price, screen resolution and the weight of the device.
So if you are in for extra entertainment and want to watch movies on a large screen with awesome HD audio then the 8.9” device will be awesome for you. And if you are interested in reading and a light weighted high tech tablet that you could carry in your hand then Kindle Fire HD 7” is your option.