Let’s compare the Kindle Fire 7 vs Fire 8 to see if the claims as to what they can do and if they will offer genuine and lasting worth to its user, are true.
The much anticipated Amazon Kindle Fire 7 was launched in November 2011 and represents Amazon’s first venture into the tablet computer market.
But in the year 2020, if you buy the device based on the low price tag alone will you be left frustrated by the performance of the Kindle Fire? Or will you be disappointed by the features available on the tablet?
Let’s take an in-depth look at the key areas of the Kindle Fire 7 vs Fire 8 to determine which tablet represents good value for the money.
Reasons to choose the Kindle Fire 8 over the Kindle Fire 7:
- 1.Bigger screen 8 – Around 15% bigger screen.
- 2.Significantly thinner 7.7 mm – Around 30% thinner.
- 3.Better processor.
- 4.Higher resolution front camera.
- 5.More RAM.
- 6.Newer and easier to update.
Kindle Fire 7 vs Fire 8: comparison chart
Let’s take a look at both Fire 8 and Fire 7, and compare their specs and main features.
Kindle Fire 7
Kindle Fire 8
Screen and Display
7 inch - 1024 x 600 (171 ppi) resolution; IPS LCD
8 Inch - 1280 x 800 (189 ppi) resolution; IPS LCD
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Up to 8 hours
Up to 10 hours
8 or 16 GB of internal storage (up to 256 GB with microSD)
16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD)
10.1 oz (286 g)
12.5 oz (355 g)
7.6" x 4.5" x 0.4" (192 mm x 115 mm x 9.6 mm)
8.0" x 5.4" x 0.4" (202 mm x 137 mm x 9.7 mm)
YES; 2 MP front- and rear-facing
YES; 2 MP front- and rear-facing
- 7" IPS display; 8 or 16 GB of internal storage (up to 256 GB with microSD)
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- Up to 8 hours of battery life
- Alexa enabled
- 8" HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD)
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Alexa hands-free enabled
Amazon Kindle Fire 7
Gone are the days when tablets were fancy gadgets, useful for only watching movies. With the new release of the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Tablet with Wi-Fi and 3G, your Android tablet will not only be able to watch movies, play games, download apps, and more, it can also receive amazing 4G speeds for when you want to make calls and text using the included data plan, all while staying connected to your home Wi-Fi network at the same time.
Not to mention that Kindle Fire 7 also supports full HD (1920×1200) high definition video and the front and rear cameras let you add pictures, video or even audio to your device.
This all-in-one tablet with the simple yet innovative Amazon platform makes it easy to be in touch with friends and family while doing everything you would with a computer.
The Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Tablet with Wi-Fi and 3G features a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280×800.
This allows you to view high definition movies, videos, photos, and read books, magazines, and documents in its included 7 inch screen.
Unlike the iPad, the Kindle Fire 7 is better suited for reading books, magazines, newspapers, and more. It comes with 3G connectivity built-in so that you will be able to browse the Internet and access email through your mobile phone or hotspot.
Amazon Kindle Fire 8
Unsurprisingly, Amazon decided not to release the Kindle Fire 8 tablet in the UK, but instead in the US where the company appears to be selling a less potent product, at least on paper.
On the surface, the Fire 8 looks like another Fire tablet with a handful of modifications. The front of the new tablet has a glossy finish, with the Kindle logo and Fire inscription underneath.
There’s also a light-touch backlit home screen with 3D-like icons, more of the same from the original Fire 7 design, and only one dedicated home button. That means there’s no dedicated on/off button for power or the headphone socket.
There’s also a light on the top and bottom of the Fire 8, illuminating the home screen and the bottom for notifications.
The device is as comfortable to hold as the older models. It’s slightly taller than before, but it’s only an eighth of an inch thicker and much lighter at 240g. It doesn’t wobble when you pick it up, either.
In place of the Gorilla Glass front, the Fire 8 has a piece of low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) glass instead, and it feels no less scratch-proof.
If you think about it, this is a rather odd thing for Amazon to do. LG has been making glass screens for its mobile devices for over 10 years. Samsung, Asus and other tablet makers also make screens from scratch, and a low-temperature process is still preferred for its benefits over the existing thick glass approach.
Under the glass, you’ll find a number of improvements on the Fire 8’s processor and display compared with its predecessors.
Firstly, the processor has doubled in power. It’s a single-core, rather than the multi-core chips in the previous models, but it’s twice as fast. This alone should be enough to make the tablet much more responsive.
The Fire 7 tablet could barely play Angry Birds before spinning into action, but the Fire 8 doesn’t lag at all. Even when there’s a lot going on in apps like Netflix or Twitter, the device is incredibly smooth.
In fact, it’s so good that if you’ve used any older Amazon tablet then it’ll feel a little sluggish.
And perhaps most importantly, the 8.9-inch screen has more pixels than the 7-inch models. It’s an ultra-high-definition (UHD) screen, in fact, with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. That’s just as many pixels as the latest Samsung Galaxy Note.
The default option, though, is an 8-inch screen at 1920 x 1200, which is the same pixel count as the Fire 7. But it doesn’t make too much difference. It’s more than large enough to keep you immersed in a game or watching a movie.
The Fire 8’s display also features a wide color gamut for greater color accuracy, with a bit more than 90 percent of the P3E gamut available.
Key differences between Kindle Fire 7 vs Fire 8
The Fire Tablet arrives as expected from Amazon.com in a no-frills box that contains just the device, a power cord, and a simple cardboard sheet of instructions.
Setup of the devices very straightforward and easy to follow. Once you power on the tablet you connect to your wireless network and then register your Kindle Fire to your Amazon account. If you purchased the machine on your existing Amazon Account then once you power it on, you will be automatically recognized.
Also, any previously purchased Amazon content will be readily available on your new tablet.
My first impressions of the tablet are favorable. It is obvious the device has been designed with an emphasis on functionality over style but at the same time, it does not look or feel cheap.
Its sizes are comfortable – it is 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 (inches) and weighs under 15 ounces which means it can be held comfortably, yet securely, in one hand.
It has smooth, rounded edges and corners and a rubber-like covering on the back that is surprisingly decorated with “KindIe” and not “Kindle Fire” as one might expect.
The Fire’s tablet default orientation is vertical so it reads like a book by default. Keeping with its simple design, the tablet has just one button (the power button), 2 USB ports, and a plugin slot for headphones.
Screen & Display
The Kindle Fire 8 runs on an HD touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 screen resolution at 189 PPI. Like the Fire 7, it also uses IPS technology.
The Fire’s 7 screen runs 1024 x 600 pixels and the content looks great and is easy to read / view. One particular feature of the Fire 8 tablet I have been really impressed with, its durability and its scratch-resistant screen.
Amazon claims the machine is “chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, making it extra durable and resistant to accidental bumps and scrapes”.
I have found the Fire to be extremely durable with the Gorilla Glass being pretty close to indestructible. The screen is one of the best scratch-resistant pieces of technology I have ever used.
In terms of memory comparison, the Fire HD 7 comes with 1GB of RAM which is just about adequate.
On the other hand, the Fire 8 has 1.5GB.
Initial criticisms of sluggish performance, following the Fire’s release in November 2012, were quickly resolved by the 6.2.1 Update Release.
This “enhances fluidity and performance, improves touch navigation responsiveness. It also gives you the option to choose which items display on the carousel, and adds the ability to add a password lock on WI-Fi access”.
Ensure you install all available updates immediately as soon as you power your machine for the first time. In memory tests, the Kindle Kindle Fire 8 HD gets a slight advantage.
While the Fire specs suggest there is an 8 GB internal hard drive, essentially only 6 GB of this is actually readily available to the user for storing media.
This will prove a problem for most users who will generally have more than 6GB of media files already through music, movies, eBooks, and videos.
This issue is further compounded by the lack of a memory card expansion slot. This denies users the opportunity to expand the memory at their own cost. As a work-a-round user should store most content on the Amazon Cloud and only store media used frequently in offline mode on the machine’s hard drive.
Amazon provides 5GB of Free Cloud Storage with each additional 1GB of Cloud Storage costing $x per year.
Amazon MP3s are automatically stored on the Cloud and do not contribute to the 5GB storage limit.
Digital content can be synced across many devices using Amazon’s WhisperSync device which enables you to pick up a movie or book where you previously finished reading or watching.
Fire 8 or Fire 7: Battery life
In my experience, I must charge the Kindle Fire 7 every second night. This covers me adequately for general browsing and entertainment day-to-day usage.
Overall, in our extensive testing to date, the Amazon Fire 7 performance is in line with what Amazon claims it to be and what one would expect based on the Fire Specs.
The battery lasts for up to 8 hours of continuous reading time or 7.5 hours of video playback with no wireless connection. With WI-Fi in use, the battery life will depend on the content being browsed and downloaded.
In my Fire 8 tests, I found the battery life to be very satisfactory and in general is what Amazon has claimed it to be.
The Fire tablet runs on a heavily customized version of the Android Operating System. Although you would not know this when using it as Amazon has obviously taken great care in fully customizing the Android OS look & feel. Kindle Fire User Interface is designed like a bookshelf.
The top shelf of the bookcase contains icons for the most recent activities (movies, books, apps, websites, etc.). You swipe through your content which can take a little getting used to but overall the user interface is smartly designed and easy to use. Even for novices or tablet newbies.
As the Fire runs on a customized version of Android, the number of applications that can be downloaded for the Fire is limited. While there are over 200,000 apps available in the Android App Marketplace there are only 10,000+ applications available on the Amazon App Marketplace.
Android apps not designed for the Kindle Fire, may work but must be side-loaded onto the device by activating the “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources” option in Settings. Strangely there is no standard Facebook app although Facebook mobile does suffice.
Despite the Android limitation, there is a wide range of high-quality apps available for the Kindle Fire. Furthermore, Amazon is increasing the number every day with well-known app providers coming on board all the time.
All in all, we have not found any performance issues that would act as a deterrent against buying the Fire 7. However, you should take into account buying the Fire 8 instead, for better performances.
Both Fire devices, excel reading books, as one would expect of such a product from Amazon. There are well over 1 million eBooks available in the Amazon Library including the latest releases and current bestsellers. A book can be downloaded in under 30 seconds and you can flip through the pages conveniently by tapping or swiping the screen.
The font size, style, and line spacing can be adjusted for more convenient viewing. The Fire is also equipped with a background light so it can be read easily in the dark or in limited light such as on an airplane.
You can easily read books using a tablet. You will get a wide variety of ebooks available in Amazon’s Store. Also, you can adjust by your desire the font style, size, and line spacing for a better reading experience. Also, you can easily read in the dark thanks to the background light.
Also, the machines do come with a simple POP/IMAP email program. The KindIe Docs Reader and popular apps such as Netflix and YouTube are available through the Amazon App store. Popular Android apps that require a camera or a microphone must obviously be avoided also given the lack of such devices on the KindIe device.
Standard Word / PDF documents can be viewed on the Fire tablet and while there are apps in the app store that can facilitate the creation and editing of documents I would not recommend any as it is best to leave these activities to your laptop.
Music-wise the Amazon store has a large selection of both free and paid song titles available. Music files are stored in your Cloud Drive or can also be downloaded to the machine’s local drive for offline listening.
The downloaded files are Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free which means there are no restrictions on the files. So you are free to use the songs as you wish in the future. You can also upload your existing music collection on your Fire’s hard drive.
The Fire devices also come equipped with a built-in email application that supports all the standard email services. This includes Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo mail. However, the email app is of poor quality, is limited in functionality, sluggish to perform, and is pretty unremarkable overall.
You can also obtain apps like Netflix or Youtube with the help of the Amazon App store.
However, you should note that installing too many apps, will fill up the hard drive very quickly given the limited internal memory capacity.
Amazon has highlighted the new Kindle Fire 7 Silk Web Browser as “a revolutionary, cloud-accelerated browser that uses a split browser architecture to leverage the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud”. Sound very impressive!
However, in extensive testing of the Silk Browser, and indeed in general day-to-day Internet surfing and downloading, I have found no evidence to support Amazon’s big claims regarding the Silk Browser.
The Kindle Fire 8 Silk Web Browser is perfectly fine to use but in my opinion, performs at the same speed as any other standard browser across a standard wireless network.
Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Pros
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Kindle Fire 7 is the amount of storage. The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage. Most people have enough space to store a lot of their personal and business documents, music, and various other information. If you can’t think of anything else to put on a mobile device, you’ll have no problem using the Kindle Fire.
Design & Hardware
You can tell a lot about a device’s quality just by looking at it. The Kindle Fire 7 is no different. The design is sleek, which is good for portability. It’s got a 1 GHz processor, a 7-inch display, 2 GB of RAM, and even a microSD card slot. That’s what you’d expect in a higher-end tablet. You also get a rear-facing camera.
Hardware-wise the Kindle Fire 7 is very attractive and should be a pretty good competitor in the tablet market.
Apps – With Amazon, everything has Apps. With the Kindle Fire 7 you have an App store just like the iTunes App store or Google Play store. This means you have access to thousands of Apps ranging from games to productivity to entertainment.
With over 50,000 Apps available right now, you have access to plenty of Apps. There’s also an App store for the Kindle Fire, which will allow you to download third party Apps that are exclusive to Amazon.
Amazon is a large corporation that specializes in electronics and services. Having Apps for everything makes this a lot more accessible to average consumers, who might not have the resources to purchase Apple’s $500+ Apps.
Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Cons
Multi-tasking is something I’ve always found lacking in the tablet and phone markets. Multi-tasking, in the traditional sense, is simply being able to open two apps at once. In the Kindle Fire 7, you’re stuck with one at a time.
The concept of multi-tasking in a tablet or phone is that you can open multiple Apps simultaneously. Most of the Apps that I use are pretty time-intensive. For example, I have Google Chrome and Google Docs open at all times. These apps take a lot of time to open and they open and close really fast. With the Kindle Fire 7, I can only open one app at a time, or it will simply close. I’d like to be able to open two apps at once without losing any work.
Cost to Upgrade
When it comes to the Kindle Fire 7, there isn’t a lot of storage. You only have 16 GB of storage. What that means is you have to upgrade to get more. A 32 GB Kindle Fire 7 is currently going for around $179, which is about $30 more than the previous model. This puts the new Kindle Fire 7 at a slight premium over previous model’s pricing.
You can of course download more Apps, but the price of more storage is going to be significant. The fact that you can’t expand the storage on the Kindle Fire makes it less attractive to potential buyers.
Not a “Proper” Tablet
When I look at the Kindle Fire 7, I feel like I’m looking at a lower end tablet. That’s not to say that it’s not a good tablet. It’s not. It’s a great tablet with a great price. But, when you’re spending $159, you want a little more. A tablet should be able to compete with the iPad. It should at least look the part.
The design is fairly simple. It has a smooth front and back made of a plastic material. It feels light and thin and should be easy to hold. It’s got an IPS display, which is pretty average. The screen is large, but it’s not the best screen out there. The viewing angle is pretty bad and viewing it at an angle is almost impossible.
To make the device competitive with the iPad, it needs to look like it’s built more. It should have a metal backing and a back that is harder to scratch. It should have a bigger display, better screen, and better build. It also needs a better processor. All of these things, I think, would make it feel like it’s worth the price. Instead, it feels like it is a very cheap, throw-away tablet.
You’ll also notice that the Kindle Fire 7 screen has a very low resolution. With a resolution of 1024×600, it’s lower than the iPad (1680×1050), the Nexus 7 (1920×1200), and the Nexus 10 (2560×1600).
The Kindle Fire 7 is an amazing tablet at a great price. I know this. However, it’s not a good tablet. It’s a great value. There are a lot of low priced options on the market, but the Kindle Fire is not one of them. The Kindle Fire 7 isn’t a good tablet. If you’re looking for a device that does what it says, it’s not the tablet for you.
Kindle Fire 8 Pros & Cons
Lots of apps
Beware of low storage for ebooks
Battery life for games sucks
No HD screen
Kindle Fire 8 vs Fire 7: Which is Best? Verdict
When comparing these two tablets we may think there are not so many or big differences between them.
- The Kindle 8 has a bigger screen than the Kindle 7.
- It is Significantly thinner.
- It has a higher resolution front camera.
- Has more ram.
- Newer Sep 2015 vs Oct 2014.
So don’t wait and upgrade your device.
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