Amazon Kindle vs. Amazon Fire tablets: we’ll help you understand the difference

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The two devices solidly fixed into the ecosystem of Amazon are the Fire tablets and Kindle. They both are popular and very different devices available in the market and have significant differences.

The Fire tablet Is a flexible device that can play videos, browse the web, watch movies, run apps, stream video, and display e-books(electronic books); that’s one of the many differences. 

In this article, we will enlighten you on all you need to know about Amazon Fire tablet Vs. Kindle, their differences, and other vital information.

About Fire Tablets

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, 8” HD Display, 32 GB, 30% faster processor, designed for portable entertainment, (2022 release), Black
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Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, 8” HD Display, 32 GB, 30% faster processor, designed for portable entertainment, (2022 release), Black
  • Enhanced performance – Updated hexa-core processor for more responsive performance (up to 30% faster than previous gen Fire HD 8).
  • All day battery life – Up to 13 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music at home and on-the-go.
  • Stream or download your favorite shows and movies from Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and HBO. Enjoy your favorite content from Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported. Subscription for some apps required).

The Amazon Fire tablet is a branch of Android tablet manufactured by Amazon that runs a modified version of Google’s Android OS, also called the Fire OS. 

The Fire tablet is a budget-friendly device that offers a complete multimedia experience in one device. The Fire tablet works like Android tablets; you can play games, stream videos, and browse through various social media apps. 

The various Fire tablet range has specialized versions like the Fire HD Kids Tablet that is specially designed for children; it comes with extra parental controls, more storage space, and a specialized case. 

The Fire tablets are some of the ultra-affordable and high-profile tablets available and are completely functional. It also has an Amazon Alexa integration.

Features Of The Fire Tablets

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, 10.1″, 1080p Full HD, 32 GB, (2021 release), Denim
  • BRIGHT DISPLAY – Clear 10.1″ 1080p Full HD display with more than 2 million pixels. Fire HD 10 is almost 20% brighter than Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022).
  • LONG LASTING BATTERY – 12-hour battery and 32 or 64 GB internal storage. Add up to 1 TB with microSD (sold separately).

Unlike other traditional tablets, the Fire tablet comes with several features that make it stand out from other competitors. Let’s examine some of its notable features;

1. Design.

The Fire tablet comes with a study and well-built plastic body that is comfortable to hold and relatively lightweight. Its design is minimalistic, with just a single physical button at the lower part of the device. The Fire tablet comes in four vibrant colors that appeal to adults and Kids alike.

2. Display.

The Fire tablet has a 7-inch display and a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Its vibrant e-ink screens offer great viewing angles and an IPS panel that ensures excellent contrast and color accuracy is designed for everyday use.

3. Battery life.

The Fire tablet has a battery life that can last up to 7 hours of mixed-use, making it perfect for traveling, watching videos, commuting, and engaging in various activities where you need to stay connected without a power source. 

Note that the battery life depends on the tablet settings and usage.

4. Camera.

The Fire tablet has a basic 2MP camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front. The camera’s quality may not be perfect, but it should suffice for casual selfies and video calls.

Fire Tablet Specifications

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet, 8” HD Display, 32 GB, 30% faster processor, 3GB RAM, wireless charging, (2022 release), Gray
  • Fire HD 8 Plus offers everything you get with a Fire HD 8 and more – wireless charging, 9W power adapter, 3 GB RAM, 2 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing cameras. New design is thinner and lighter than previous gen and has a screen made with strengthened aluminosilicate glass. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 8 Plus is twice as durable as Apple iPad mini (2021).
  • Fast and responsive – Enhanced hexa-core processor for more responsive performance (up to 30% faster than previous gen Fire HD 8 Plus) so you can get more done. Check email, tackle your to-do lists, browse the web, and more.

Display: 7-inch IPS panel and a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels

Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz

RAM: 1 GB

Operating system: Fire OS 7.3.1

Storage: 16 GB / 32 GB (expandable to 512 GB) 

Camera: 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera 

Battery: Maximum 7 hours of mixed-use 

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802. 11 b/g/n. 

About Kindle E-readers

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Unlike traditional tablet, The Kindle is a small handheld device produced by an American company called Amazon and is designed mainly for reading electronic books( e-books). 

The Kindle devices allow users to read library books, magazines, newspapers, e-books purchased on Amazon, and personal documents available as Microsoft Docs (X), ePUBs, PDFs, and MOBI files. 

The Kindle is designed for reading books as it looks like paper books, but better because users can increase its font size, change fonts, check the meaning of unfamiliar words,  and much more.

One significant advantage this Amazon e-reader offers is concentration while reading e-books; there are no distractions from social media notifications. The Kindle has an e-ink display technology that offers excellent images & display text.

The main aim of the Amazon Kindle books is to bring people books from the Kindle store, and sticking to this principle has allowed it to evolve through the present times and excel at its task. 

Different Types Of Kindle E-readers

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The Amazon Kindle e-reader has four significant models that offer different features and specifications depending on how much you’re willing to pay and your preference. Let’s expound further on the Kindle range; 

1. Basic Kindle.

Amazon Kindle – The lightest and most compact Kindle, with extended battery life, adjustable front light, and 16 GB storage – Black
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Amazon Kindle – The lightest and most compact Kindle, with extended battery life, adjustable front light, and 16 GB storage – Black
  • The lightest and most compact Kindle, now with a 300 ppi high-resolution display for sharp text and images.
  • Read comfortably with a glare-free, paper-like display. The adjustable front light and dark mode make reading effortless, day and night.
  • Get lost in your story. Tune out messages, emails, and social media with a distraction-free device specifically made for reading.

It is amazons entry-level Kindle e-reader that has key features like adjustable screen brightness, glare-free display, built in screen lighting, and battery charge that last for weeks. 

With the basic Kindle, you can look up definitions, highlight passages in your e-books, adjust text size, and pair it with Bluetooth speakers & headphones if you want to listen to audiobooks. 

Basic Kindle

Starting price: $100 

Display: 6 inch 300 ppi recessed 

Storage: 16 GB 

Front light: 4LEDs 

Bluetooth/Audible: Yes 

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 

Charging/ Battery: USB-C 9W, six weeks battery life for 2 hours full charge.

Dimension: 108.6 x 157.8 mm 

Weight: 158g (5.56 ounces)

Color: Denim blue/black.

2. Kindle PaperWhite.

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This model is the most popular model that sells out on Amazon. Its key features build upon the basic features but with a better screen resolution that reads like paper and is glare-free. 

It has a 6.8″ display with thinner boards, micro USB c ports, faster page turns, ambient light, and a battery life of up to 10 weeks. Like the basic Kindle, you can highlight pages/text, adjust brightness, look up definitions, and more. 

The Kindle Paperwhite signature edition outstanding feature is that it is waterproof and has adjustable warm light that makes reading easier on your eyes.

Kindle Paperwhite

Starting price: $140 

Display: 6.8-inch 300ppi flush front

Storage: 16GB/8GB 

Front light: 4LEDs

Adjustable warm light:  Yes 

Flush-front: Yes, IPX8

Waterproof: Yes 

Bluetooth/Audible: Yes 

Wi-Fi: 5GHz & 2.4 GHz 

Battery & Charging: USB-C 9W, 2.5 hours for full charge, ten weeks battery life.

Dimensions 124.6 x 174 .2 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 205grams(7.23ounces)

Colour: Black 

3. Kindle Oasis.

Kindle Oasis – With 7” display and page turn buttons
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Kindle Oasis – With 7” display and page turn buttons
  • Our best 7″, 300 ppi flush-front Paperwhite display.
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber.
  • Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool. Your Kindle has been tested to withstand accidental immersion in water.
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons.

It is the third version of the Amazon Kindle and has been the top-of-the-line model for lovers of ebooks for a long time. It has all the features of Paperwhite but with a high screen resolution of 7″. 

Its other features are a light and thin ergonomic design and page turn buttons for one-handed reading. 

Kindle Oasis

Starting price: $190 

Storage: 32GB/8GB 

Display: 7-inch, 300ppi flush front 

Front light: 25 LEDs 

Adjustable warm light: Yes 

Flush-Front: Yes IPX8 

Waterproof: Yes 

Auto light sensor: Yes 

Page turn button: Yes 

Automatic page rotation: Yes

Audible/Bluetooth: Yes 

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 4 

Charging & battery life: micro USB 5W, 3 hours for a full charge, six weeks battery life 

Dimension: 159 x 141 x 3.4 – 8.4 mm 

Weight: 6.6 ounces (188grams) 

Color: champagne gold & graphite

4. Kindle Scribe.

Amazon Kindle Scribe (16 GB) - 10.2” 300 ppi Paperwhite display, a Kindle and a notebook all in one, convert notes to text and share, includes Basic Pen
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Amazon Kindle Scribe (16 GB) – 10.2” 300 ppi Paperwhite display, a Kindle and a notebook all in one, convert notes to text and share, includes Basic Pen
  • THE ONLY KINDLE WITH A DIGITAL NOTEBOOK AND PEN – Read and write down thoughts in books or a separate notebook, distraction free. Selected one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023.
  • EXPLORE KINDLE NOTEBOOKS – A digital notebook you can write on. Journal, sketch, take notes, and more.
  • CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES TO TEXT – View or share your notes with contacts and browse notes on the go through the Kindle app.

This latest Kindle version offers more functionality than the other Kindle models. It is the most expensive because it has a super cool advance in Amazon Kindle technology that allows you to write on it and read. 

The Kindle Scribe offers a 10.2 glare-free paperwhite display; it comes with a premium pen that allows users to take notes while reading. With the Kindle Scribe, you can create journals, notebooks,  lists, and review documents. 

Kindle Scribe

Starting price: $340 

Display: 10.2inches, 300ppi 

Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB 

Front light: 32 LEDs 

Writing support: Yes 

Flush-Front: Yes

Auto light sensor: Yes 

Automatic page rotation: Yes 

Bluetooth/Audible: Yes 

Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz / 5GHz 

Charging & battery life: USB-C, 9W, for reading (up to 12 weeks battery life), for writing (up to 3 weeks), 2.5 hours for full charge 

Dimension: 196 x 230 x 5.8 mm 

Weight: 433grams (15.3 Ounces)

Colour: Tungsten 

Key Difference Between Fire Tablet Vs. Kindle

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1. Purpose.

Fire tablets are multimedia devices, i.e., they allow you to enjoy various kinds of media, from videos and music to magazines and books. The Fire tablets, unlike Kindle, have built-in speakers. 

In contrast, the Kindle, in a nutshell, is designed for reading comic books and magazines. You can pair it with your Bluetooth speakers to listen to audiobooks through Audible. 

2. Battery life.

Fire tablets have a much shorter battery life because they can do everything. Fire tablets can last up to 10-14 hours when fully charged. Note that the battery drops if you constantly do things that use lots of power.

On the other hand, Kindle has superb battery life; the most basic model can last up to six weeks just on a single charge, while Kindle Scribe last for months. 

Its exceptional battery life is due to the e ink displays that uses minimal power; you can go on a 2weeks vacation without your charger. 

3. Camera.

Fire tablets have front & rear-facing cameras, which are useful for video calling and taking cool pictures. The rear-facing camera is much better than the HD models, although the resolutions are pretty low. In contrast, Kindles does not have cameras. 

Kindle Accessories

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Clear case & glass screen protector 

Fabric cover 

Book cover 

Anti-glare screen protector 

Tablet pillow stand 

Adjustable tablet stand 

Clip-on reading light with additional hand strap holder 

Charging cables 

Headphones 

Kindle stands 

Screen covers

Fire Tablet Accessories

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5-in-one 10000 mAh power bank charger

Affordable wall mount; compatible with Fire tablets 

Multi-angle pillow stand with a styli holder 

Slim fabric tri-fold Smart Cover 

Bluetooth keyboard case 

Folio stand case

Crocheted sleeve 

Shockproof water-repellent sleeve 

Premium felt sleeve 

Kid-friendly convertible case

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Are The Pros And Cons Of Kindle And Fire Tablet?

Kindle Pros

Its typeface and font size can be changed.

Users can download or buy large quantities of e-books, newspapers, and magazines. 

It is lightweight. 

It has an excellent battery life.

Kindle Cons

Not as useful as a Tablet or laptop.

E-books cost a lot. 

Only a few file formats can be opened.

No real pages. 

Fire Tablet Pros

Not too heavy.

Easy to carry around.

Longer battery life

Fire Tablet Cons

Not versatile as a desktop or laptop. 

2. How do I update my Fire tablet?

Once you connect your tablet to the internet, go to settings>device options> system update> check now. If an update is available, go ahead and download it. Voila.

Final Thoughts

The difference between the Fire tablet Vs. Kindle comes down to personal needs and preferences. If you are a frequent reader who wants a durable and affordable e-reader device, the Kindle is the best choice.

However, for a more versatile device that can do more than reading, the Fire tablet is the best option, even if it is pretty pricy.

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