Amazon is currently offering two lines of Fire tablets. One is the Fire HD released in 2014 and 2015, and the other is the Kindle Fire HDX released in 2013. So what is the difference between the Fire HD and HDX?
The HDX is the older model (3rd generation) but it’s still more advanced and expensive than the newer HD model (4th and 5th generation), whereas the new HD model is an update on the previous Kindle HD model with a few tweaks.
Below is a short comparison on the HD vs HDX. If you read the comment at the end of this article, you’ll also see more comparisons and actual performance of the new Fire HD tablet.
Advantages of Kindle Fire HDX over Fire HD
Below are the benefits of the Kindle Fire HDX 7, as compared to the Fire HD:
- Better screen resolution at 1920*1200 HD (vs 1280*800 HD display).
- Faster 2.2Ghz Quad-core processor (vs Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz processor)
- More memory at 2GB RAM (vs 1GB RAM)
- Longer battery life – You get 11 hours for mixed use (vs 8 hours).
- Option for 4G with assisted GPS function (no such option in Fire HD)
Read here for a latest review from an owner of both Kindle Fire HDX and Fire HD:
Advantages of Fire HD 8 and HD 10 over Kindle Fire HDX
Though the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are of cheap price, they do have a few strengths over the Kindle Fire HDX:
- Better audio quality (Dolby Atmos vs Dolby Digital Plus)
- microSD Card slot (vs None)
- 5MP Rear-facing camera (vs None)
- More color options: Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine (for HD 8) vs Black, White (for HD 10) vs Black only (for HDX)
- Slimmer body (0.3″ vs 0.4″) and bigger screen (8″ or 10″ vs 7″)
- Cheaper in price
Features available on both HDX and HD models
Here are the features that are available on both devices:
- Dolby Audio Stereo Speakers
- Text-to-speech, to read books aloud to you
- X-Ray for movies, TV, books, music
- Email, Web Surfing, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.), Videos, Photos, Music, Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, Apps, Games, etc.
- Kindle Fire for work
- Free unlimited Amazon Cloud storage for all digital content from Amazon
- Come with a power adapter (the previous Kindle Fire 2012 models don’t come with any power adapter, now all new models come with the adapter)
The Fire HDX does have a few limitations (same applies to the Fire HD):
- No direct access to Google Play Store (though you can get most Google Play apps via sideloading)
- You have to pay an addition of $15 if you don’t want Special Offers from Amazon showing on the lock screen
If you have the budget, you can get the HDX version for the faster processor, better screen and longer battery life, as discussed above. However, if you have a lower budget, the Fire HD will still give you most of the features you need at a cheaper price.
This following actual user comment comparing the new Fire HD with Kindle Fire HDX should help your final decision too: