Amazon is currently offering two models of the 7 inch Kindle Fire. One is the Fire HD released in 2014 and the other is the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ released in 2013. The Kindle Fire HDX is the older model but it’s still more advanced and expensive than the Fire HD, whereas the new Fire HD 7″ is an update on the previous lower end Kindle Fire HD model with a few tweaks. What are the differences between these two devices?
Advantages of Kindle Fire HDX over Fire HD 7″
- Screen resolution is 1920*1200 HD @ 323PPI (vs 1280*800 HD display @ 216PPI).
- 2.2Ghz Quad-core processor and 2GB RAM (vs Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz processor and 1GB RAM)
- HD Front-facing camera (vs VGA front-facing camera)
- 16/32/64 GB storage options (vs 8/16GB options in Fire HD). You can read this post to quickly decide which size to get.
- Longer battery life. You get 11-12 hours for mixed use, and 17 hours in reading mode (vs 8 hours)
- Dual-antenna Wi-Fi (vs Single-antenna Wi-Fi)
- Mayday button (vs None)
- Option for 4G and assisted GPS function (no such option in Fire HD)
- 303 grams / 10.7 oz (vs 337 grams / 11.9 oz)
Advantages of Fire HD 7 over Kindle Fire HDX
- USB port is Slimport enabled (vs normal USB port) – The USB port on Fire HD is equipped with Slimport, which allows you connect to HDTV, VGA monitor, or even to Flash drive via the appropriate adapter. It’ll be helpful if you need such features. The USB port on HDX can only be used for charging or connecting to computer for file exchange.
- 2MP Rear-facing camera (vs None)
- Five color options: black, white, cobalt, citron, magenta (vs black only)
- Cheaper in price
Features available on both HDX and HD models
- 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
- One free month of Amazon Prime
- Free unlimited Amazon Cloud stoage for all digital content from Amazon
- Come with power adapter (previous Kindle Fire 2012 models don’t come with Power Adapter, now all new models come with the adapter)
The Kindle 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)
- No SD card slot
Kindle Fire HDX vs HD – Specification comparison between the two
The price difference between Fire HD 16Gb and Kindle Fire HDX 16Gb is around 20 bucks (unless there is price cut). So, if you have the budget, I recommend getting the HDX version for those better features as discussed above. However, if you are on tight budget, then Fire HD 7 would give you most of the features you need for a lower price.
This user review on the new Fire HD should help your final decision too.