Amazon is currently offering two lines of the Fire tablets. One is the Fire HD released in 2015 and the other is the Kindle Fire HDX released in 2013. So what is the difference between the Kindle 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 (5th generation), whereas the new HD model is an update on the previous Kindle HD model with a few tweaks. Below let’s compare the Kindle HD vs HDX.
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 @ 323PPI (vs 1280*800 HD display @ 189PPI).
- Faster 2.2Ghz Quad-core processor (vs Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz processor)
- More memory at 2GB RAM (vs 1GB RAM)
- 32/64 GB storage options (vs 8/16GB options in Fire HD but with memory card slot). You can read here 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).
- Option for 4G with assisted GPS function (no such option in Fire HD)
Advantages of Fire HD 8 over Kindle Fire HDX
Though the Fire HD 8 is of cheaper price, it does have a few strengths over the Kindle Fire HDX:
- 5MP Rear-facing camera (vs None)
- Four color options: black, magenta, blue, tangerine (vs black only)
- 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
- One free month of Amazon Prime
- 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)
- No SD card slot
Kindle Fire HD vs HDX – Differences in specification
If you have the budget, you can get the HDX version for those better features 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 short user review should help your final decision too: