Amazon, a very big online source for shopping electronic appliances is now going to give tough fight to the Apple iPad tablets by launching its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire tablets. The series of Kindle Fire tablets are offered with high-end features and price of approximately Apple tablets. Book giant Amazon has recently launched its new Kindle Fire HD family of tablets. With the launch of these tablets, everyone has started comparison between 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire (2011). A trio of tablets are Android based tablets, but the main difference is that Kindle Fire HD tablets comes with Google’s latest Android 4.0 ICS OS, while Kindle Fire runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. It seems clearly that HD version is more powerful than 2011 Kindle Fire tablet. Here we have compared specifications of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets to decide which is best to shop.
7-inch Kindle Fire HD:
The new-launch of Amazon, 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet comes with pretty impressive spec sheet. It is available in 16GB and 32GB variants with different price tag of $199 and $249 respectively. It is featured with 7-inch IPS Display with 1280 x 800 screen resolution and 10-point multi-touch support. It is powered by dual-core OMAP4 4460 1.2GHz processor that gives less power, but it is enough for small screen. It is available with next generation Dolby Digital Plus audio platform that is specially used to adjust volume automatically and deliver clear dialogues in movies and TV shows. In terms of dimension (193 x 137 x 10.3mm) and weight (13.9 oz), it is smaller than 2011 Kindle Fire and 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD. The battery of the 7-inch tablet runs over 11 hours with single charge. Users can enjoy video chat facility with HD front camera.
8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD:
The second model of Kindle Fire HD tablet is equipped with 8.9” LCD IPS display screen, which gives 1920 x 1200 screen resolution with 10-point multi-touch support, in-plane switching and advanced True Wide polarizing filter. Compared to 7-inch Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire tablet, it is more powerful because the power is supplied through Dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 4470 processor with on-board Imagination SGX544 graphics that is able to do over 12 billion floating point operations per second or 50% in excess of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. Just like 7 inch version, it is available with different memory choices including 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. It is also available with 4G LTE variant, which is offered at the price tag of $499. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available for $299. The main aspect of Kindle Fire HD tablets are its Android 4.0 OS. Dimension-wise, it is bigger than 7-inch HD tablet or 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. It is 240 x 160 x 8.8mm in dimension while 567 grams in weight, and support Bluetooth and HDMI for connectivity.
Kindle Fire comes with 7-inch capacitive multi-touch sensitive Gorilla Glass Display that gives resolution of 1024 × 600 at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Compared to Kindle Fire HD; it is less powerful in operating system and processor, as it is powered by Android 2.3 gingerbread OS and most common 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Due to its screen size, it is smaller than HD version as well offered only with 8GB storage capacity. It comes with 4,400mAh battery, which runs maximum 8 hours with full charge. It is available at the price of $159 which is less than HD version, so it is best for those who want to purchase low cost tablet.
Comparison table of Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire tablets:
|7-inch Kindle Fire HD||8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD||Kindle Fire (2011)
|Display||7-inch LCD IPS||8.9-inch LCD IPS||7-inch IPS|
|Resolution||1,280 x 800||1,920 x 1,200||1,024 x 600|
|Dimensions||193 x 137 x 10.3mm||240 x 160 x 8.8mm||190 x 120 x 11.4mm|
|Weight (WiFi)||395 grams||567 grams||413 grams|
|Graphics||IT SGX544||IT SGX544||Undisc.|
|Storage||16GB, 32GB||16GB, 32GB, 64GB||8GB|
|OS (Skinned)||Android 4.0||Android 4.0||Android 2.3|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460||Dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 4470||Dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP|
|WiFi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|Cellular||N/A||AT&T 4G LTE||N/A|
|Ports||microUSB, microHDMI||microUSB, microHDMI||microUSB|