Which Kindle Fire Should you Buy?
Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7 or Fire HDX?
Remember that size is not the only difference between the Fire HD 6″ version and the 7″ version!
|Fire HD 6||Fire HD 7||Kindle Fire HDX 7″|
|Screen area||16.1 sq. inches||22 sq. inches
(36% bigger than HD 6)
|22 sq. inches
(36% bigger than HD 6)
|Total pixels||1280 x 800 = 1,024,000px (~1 Mega Pixel)||1280 x 800 = 1,024,000px (~1MP)||1920 x 1200 = 2,304,000px (2.3MP)|
|Resolution (pixels per inch; ppi)||√(1,024,000/16.1) = 252 PPI||√(1,024,000/22) = 216 PPI||√(2,304,000/22) = 323 PPI|
|Note that both HD 6 and HD 7 have the same number of total pixels, however, the HD 7 has a larger square area. As a result, the ppi [resolution] is lower on the HD 7 compared to the HD 6. So the HD6 display is superior as far as resolution goes! If you’d like to further understand PPIs, use this tool|
|CPU/ Processor||Quad-core = 2 x 1.5 GHz cores and 2 x 1.2 GHz cores||2.2 GHz Quad-core processor|
|Note: Don’t freak out that the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor will not get you through your day-to-day tasks. Even this high-end tablet only has a 1.5 GHz triple-core processor. We’re not saying that the processor of the $99 Fire HD is more powerful than the processor of that $500 tablet. Processor performance is not just a function of the number of cores and the GHz value. What we’re saying is that 1.5 GHz quad-core processor is more than enough for 95% of the things we do on tablets.|
|Note: Again, don’t let the 1GB scare you because this flagship tablet only has 1GB of RAM and a dual-core processor. In the HD6 and HD7, you get 1GB of RAM with a quad-core processor!|
|Capacity||8GB or 16GB||8GB or 16GB||16GB, 32GB or 64GB|
|Note: 8GB fills up fast. My first Kindle Fire (the very first Kindle Fire that came out in 2011) had only 8GB of memory and it filled up very fast. At one point, I had to delete an app if I wanted to install a new one. Thus this model is recommended over this model.|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||Single-band, single Antenna Wi-Fi||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi: faster streaming and fewer dropped connections|
|4G connectivity||There is no option for 4G/cellular connectivity with these 2 models. If you’re a frequent traveler and plan on using this to check email etc. in transit, it won’t work. However, if you just plan on using this at home and/or work where there is Wi Fi, this would work just fine||Wi-Fi + 4G LTE version does exist. Allows you to have on-the-go, mobile broadband|
|Speakers||Mono||Dual-stereo speakers||Dual-stereo speakers|
|Front camera||VGA camera – OK for Skype, but can get grainy under low lighting conditions||720p HD camera – high def. camera|
|Rear camera||2.0 MP HD camera – for making pics around you. However, again don’t expect these to be super-high print-quality under low lighting conditions||None. In the HDX series, only this version has a rear camera|
|Built-in mic||Yes||Yes||Yes, dual microphones|
|GPS||Not unless you tether it to a cell phone (watch video below) or a gadget like this||This version has a GPS sensor|
|Bluetooth||Yes, let’s you use BT headphones to listen to music wirelessly|
OK, So… Now What?
Step 1: Decide if you need a Fire HD or Fire HDX
|Spec||Kindle Fire HDX||Fire HD||Winner|
|Resolution||323 PPI||216 or 252 PPI, on the 7″ and 6″ models respectively||HDX|
|Overall display quality||Overall display quality is not just about resolution. It also has to do with Color accuracy, Contrast accuracy, Display calibration, Reflection/glare, Maximum brightness, Contrast ratio, Color temperature, Color gamut, Color error etc. As far as we know, no independent 3rd party has tested the Fire HD 6 and 7 for these features. However, last year, DisplayMate compared the displays of the Kindle Fire HDX 7, the iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Google Nexus 7 and they concluded that “The Kindle Fire had the best color accuracy and overall picture quality“…. “The Nexus 7 was a close second” … and that “The iPad mini Retina Display came in a very distant 3rd place finish“.Have no doubt, the overall video quality of the Fire HDX is MUCH BETTER than the quality on the Fire HD series.||HDX|
|CPU||2.2 GHz quad core||1.5 GHz quad core||HDX|
|RAM||2 GB||1 GB||HDX|
|Storage||16, 32 or 64 GB||8 or 16 GB||HDX|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band, dual-antenna||Single-band, single-antenna||HDX|
|4G connectivity||Yes, built-in 4G option available||No chance unless you get one of these||HDX|
|GPS||This version has a GPS sensor||No chance without this||HDX|
|Built-in mic||Dual mic||Single mic||HDX|
|HD front camera||Yes, for better picture quality during Skype calls||No, VGA camera||HDX|
|Rear camera||None||2MP, HD camera||Finally, the HD wins something|
|Price||$199||$99 or $139||OK, the HD wins this too|
Are you a PERSON A or PERSON B?
Person A: The better display, faster CPU and RAM, bigger built-in storage, better Wi Fi, 4G, GPS, better video quality on Skype are important to me. I watch a lot of movies and I’d rather watch them in ultra high definition. I also travel a lot, so I will use 4G and GPS a lot. Because I like to store a few HD movies on my Kindle while I’m flying, I want the bigger storage capacity as well. I also play high CPU-intensive 3D games, so the extra CPU power and extra RAM will come in handy. When I’m away, I Skype my family every night and my kids want to see me in HD. The answer is clear – you need this baby
Person B: I will only use this for reading books, browsing the web, checking email, watching the odd movie while on the train, playing angry birds every once in awhile when I’m bored. My kids will use this to play educational games and read story books as well. They can be clumsy. If they drop it and break it, I’d rather lose $66 or $139 than losing $199. So I’d rather save the $60 – $100 and use that money to give my wife a surprise – DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK if you aren’t 18 yet . Hmm.. Okay… then scroll down…
If you’re a Person B, go to Step 2….
Step 2: Decide if you need a Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7
|Spec||Fire HD 6||Fire HD 7||Winner|
|Resolution||252 PPI||216 PPI||HD 6|
|Portability||Fire HD 6 fits in a trouser/jacket pocket more easily||HD 6|
|Size||HD 7 has a 36% bigger screen||HD 7|
What’s more important to you?
- The $40, better resolution and higher portability? Go for the Fire HD 6
- Bigger size and stereo speakers are more important ? Go for the Fire HD 7