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Kindle Fire HD 7" or 8.9"

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Initial post: Dec 5, 2012 11:31:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 11:36:00 AM PST
SchaeberleD says:
Ok so I am going to get the Kindle Fire HD from my in-laws. I can not decided which one to go with...7" or 8.9. I don't care nor do I want the 4G...I have an iPhone with that on it. My in-laws spend $300 each year for Christmas on my wife and I and my brother in-law and sister-in-law. If I go with the 7" I get other things for Christmas, if I go with the 8.9" I'm done (I really don't need anything else from them). Please help sway me one way or the other. All the other discussions I have read really are not helping! :) I guess I don't really know if it is worth the extra $100 for 1.9". I will be using it for reading, maybe some games and apps too.


Posted on Dec 5, 2012 11:40:12 AM PST
8.9 is a little big to hold in one hand for reading. I like my 7" HD. I also have a 10" Toshiba tablet, but I find my Fire is much more "portable."

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 11:40:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 11:41:22 AM PST
Rodster says:
I own both and the only benefits of the 8.9 KF is the bigger screen. Videos DO look a bit sharper on the 8.9 vs the 7" HD. The other benefit of the 8.9 is that in landscape you can view both pages while reading. I like that feature.

The big question for you is portability, is that important to you? I like to carry the 7" HD around while i'm out. The 8.9 is too bulky for that.

Another plus for the 7" HD is that you can buy the 32GB version for $50 less than the entry level 8.9 KF.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 11:41:01 AM PST
R. Acoya says:
If you're going for monetary value, you could ask for the 7", a case, earbuds, and other accessories.

Only you can decide how you'll use your Fire. I take mine with me on the road (I travel for a living) so weight is a prime consideration for me. That may not be part of your consideration, however.

(I'm not sure what else others can do or say that hasn't been done or said before, that might help you make your decision.)

You could ask for one, and if it doesn't suit you, you'll have 30 days to return it.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 12:48:54 PM PST
I have the 8.9 inch and yes it is bulky and heavy but I really enjoy reading on it (landscape mode makes you feel like a real book). I do carry mine around and feel if you have an IPad it would be even bigger and people carry those around. I like the bigger screen, for games it is wonderful. Just my humble opinion

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 12:49:59 PM PST
epb says:
The chief advantage of the 7" is portability. I've owned the last 3 generations of iPad and my KFHD has it beat all hollow for usability on the move, since it fits in a typical patch pocket on jeans or in a jacket's inside pocket, and it's so much lighter. My iPad hasn't left the house since I got it.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 4:28:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2012 4:38:41 PM PST
Bobnpdx says:
Thinking about a KFHD for our 4 yr old grandson. The 7" w/ 1280x800 HD or the 8.9" w/1920x1200 HD. Is there a difference in the sharpness of the video? Also, the 1.5Ghz vs the 1.5Ghz? Is this speed noticable? Are these two differences worth $100?

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 5:43:14 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
I'm 78 years old. I got the 8.9 for myself, and I love it for its larger screen. It's as portable as I need it to be, and I don't find it to be too heavy. But the 7" is lighter, which for some people would be a big advantage - and for some, the 7" would also be more portable.

By the way, I got the 64GB model, and I'm fine with that, but I now realize that 32GB would have been plenty for my uses. I think 16GB might be a little small, even with the cloud storage, unless you don't plan on storing more than a very few movies or videos. Even photos can eat up a lot of storage space - you may have noticed that with your PC.

As for asking for accessories if you choose the 7", I'll bet you'll be more satisfied if you choose the accessories for yourself, once you've used your Fire for a little while. There are so many options in screen covers, ear buds, ear phones, cases, HDMI cables, that you can probably choose for yourself better. (Plus - don't be greedy :-) )

Final note - if you have a cell phone charger, you don't need the Amazon (or other) wall plug-in charger - but if you don't have a cell phone charger, do get some sort of wall charger for the Fire. USB charging is fine, but it takes forever. Wall charging takes only a couple of hours, or 3-4 hours if the battery is flat (but don't let the battery get flat).

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 8:26:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2013 8:29:54 AM PST
dianeneault says:
I went with the 8.9" Kindle HD Fire when it came out and was still in 30 day window to return my 7". I am not sure I am happy with the weight of it and reading in bed is cumbersome. I do like it for the games and keyboard is bigger but main reason I bought was for reading.
I wonder if anyone knows the actual difference in weight? I need the backlit screen so cannot just go with a reader as I detest book lights. I also purchased the case with the keyboard for the 8.9" and found the space bar sticks and is very cheaply made. I think it would be a great if it was better functioning. I have to decide by Tuesday if I should return 8.9 Kindle for 7" so really on my mind! Also, I got a $50 special on the 8.9" when it first was introduced so only cost me $50 more than the 7"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 9:18:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2013 9:19:06 AM PST
The Blade says:
>>>>"I wonder if anyone knows the actual difference in weight?"<<<<

8.9 = 20 oz
7 = 13.9 oz

Comparison chart on the product description page.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 9:27:58 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Paperwhite has front lighting

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 5:55:35 AM PDT
Zenith says:
What I don't understand is this issue of weight and size. Does it really make the 8.9 less portable just being that little bit bigger and heavier?

I am terribly confused.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 9:37:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2013 9:52:33 AM PDT
The Blade says:
Well, it IS bigger and it IS heavier, so for many that would make it less portable. Is it less portable for you? Only you know that.

[Edit: Keep in mind that a case for the 8.9 will also weigh more than the case for the 7", adding additional weight to the difference.]

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 7:18:52 PM PDT
Rodster, good point....wonder who makes a good shoulder sling for something like the 8.9...?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 7:48:48 PM PDT
Sarida says:
Yep. It makes a difference.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 10:03:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2013 10:28:24 PM PDT
Markbc says:
This is a tougher choice than first appears!

Here's my recommendation based on having first bought the 8.9" (32Gig) and then returning to get the 7" (16Gig). Before that, I had the original Kindle Fire and used it (and still us the KF HD) for reading books/newspapers/magazines, for web browsing, for watching movies, for occasional emailing, for listening to music when I am doing any of the preceding; oh! also for playing chess against the computer or online. I use it a little each day -no more than 2 hours no less than 10 minutes (more or less ;-).

So, What I found was that FOR ME, the 8.9" was a bit too big and felt tiring in my hands over time --as I sat on the couch or in a car (not driving) or at my desk. It has a very nice stand/cover (in fact both sizes KFHD have nice cover/stands with the Amazon magnetic cover!). However, the size was just a bit much to hold for a long time in one hand and balancing it back and forth made it a bit less comfortable.

Of course, I was coming from the original Kindle Fire, so I had grown used to the 7" size -and liked it. Let me make a point about "holding" the KKFHD vs. Propping it up on its stand... I like to hold it in one hand for reading, or to surf or for email and while I hold it in one hand, I use the other hand for page turns, web site clicks, or pecking away at my emails. For watching movies, I typically plop the KFHD down on a counter or the table or even on my lap and kind of let it sit there. For movie watching, size really does not matter.

While I like the size of the 7" for grabbing it more easily, having a more adjustable balance point, and its compact size, I do miss the 8.9" KFHD for other reasons. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is FASTER and MORE RESPONSIVE than the Kindle Fire HD 7." No doubt in my mind that applications open faster, pages switch faster and things are a bit zippier on the 8.9 when cmpared with the 7" KFHD. Perhaps iF I had jumped straight from my old Kindle Fire to the new 7" KF HD, I would not have seen any lag (because the HD is faster than the original!). However, I spent (exactly) one month using the 8.9 for everything -and only THEN switched to the Kindle Fire HD 7."

I could see the difference! However, don't get me wrong -these are not dramatic pauses, they are only small differences that you might not notice if you had not run exactly the same programs and done the same actions for almost a month on one machine and then suddenly started doing it on the new (7") machine. Also, the 8.9" screen did appear just a bit "richer" to me, but not enough to make a difference (I am not fussy about screen colors and rich colors -so long as the picture is sharp and clear -and it is very sharp and very clear in both!).

So my advice is that if you are seeking the best speed, the best picture and supposedly better wifi (although my 7" wifi has been every bit as good as my 8.9" KFHD was!) and you really use your Kindle Fire HD more for media (watching movies, playing music while it is sitting on a counter) or even using it to play (two-handed) games --then you won't feel 8.9" is too big, or too heavy. But if you are more into reading reading reading and light web surfing and email typing using the machine, well then see if you are comfortable with the size. Pick up one in the store or a friends and go through the motions of reading and page flipping for about 5 minutes and also simulate or really do web surf for another 5 minutes and then do some writing on the machine as well. It is seriously worth doing in advance -or you will be like me returning one machine for another during that first two weeks or (on occasion) month (Best Buy! ;-).

I am very happy with the 7" Kindle Fire HD 7" -it does everything I want a tablet to do and does not waste my time with inventing "new uses" for me! Also the price was quite good.

Oh, one more comment, this time on memory size. I switched from 32gig down to 16gig because the store had no KFHD7" 32Gig in Stock. It turns out to have been a good call for me! I have downloaded two movies for traveling by plane cross country and some music (but all of my music is in the Amazon cloud -moved up there from Itunes!) and I still have tons of space -maybe 7+gigs! (OK I deleted the movies after watching them, but kept my music on the machine (in case of no wifi) and also a large selection of my Amazon books and magazines and newspaper. 16 gigs is a nice size for this machine unless you need to carry all of your music and more than two of your movies with you all the time. . .

hope that helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 10:25:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2013 10:27:33 PM PDT
Markbc says:
In reply to: dianeneault posted on Mar 9, 2013 8:29:54 AM PST

#1. Someone below points out that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is about 6 ounces heavier than the KFHD 7". That does not sound like much, until you try to lift that 6oz in a bent or outstretched hand for an hour or several hours of reading -it can get heavy ;-)

#2. On the other hand, you've got a good price for the 8.9"! And if you switch to the 7" you WILL see it react a bit s-l-o-w-e-r and the apps open slower and pages change/load slower. Not so much --but enough to notice (until you get used to it!). The 8.9 not only is a bit faster, but its bigger screen is slightly nicer for viewing especially for movies -not so much for books. (although that two-page thing is nice!)

#3. Only you could decide, and presumable you could switch back inside of 30 days, but that is doing a lot! My recommendation would be, if you watch more movies than read books, or if you read books with the KFHD propped on your lap, keep it since you don't need to hold or keep the KF HD close to you while watching a movie or reading that way. But if you read a lot --and are one of those "one-handed" tablet users, the 7" is easier to balance in the hand, it is a bit lighter (and over time while reading that DOES count).

#4 Also I think your cover might be part of the problem. It sounds like you don't like it much and that might be making you not like the 8.9" as well. I would not ask why you got a keyboard cover, but unless you are normally typing on the go, away from home or during "the commute" with the KFHD 8.9, that's got to be not-so-good a solution. I honestly would recommend the pricey cover that amazon sells for the Kindle fire HD. It is expensive, but it is really very very nice and a stable "stand up" stand as well -I love the magnetic open/shut on/off function that it has. I sometimes don't want to take the laptop with me when I go somewhere, but if I know I will be editing documents or emails with some formal paper or something I will take the kindle and my small (aluminum) Blue Tooth (MAC actually) keyboard. I open the Kindle fire HD cover and prop it up that way and then place the keyboard on the table or desk in front of me and can type nicely! I would not want to write a novel that way, but for editing documents in Quick Office Pro or Documents to Go or apps like that! The good keyboard has no lag, no sticky keys and only costs $35 at discount places and $50 new. you can still get quality BT KB cheaper than that, but I have a mac and the KB is small -so it is convenient

Either way you can't lose. You have the nice 8.9 at the best price, (you could use that savings to get the good case, and figure out the keyboard fix/upgrade later).
or you switch down to the 7" (in which case you save $50 more back to you)

Wonder if you can return just the keyboard. . . .?

Good Luck

Good Luck

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 10:34:54 PM PDT
D M Burke says:
to save money, watch for the reduced prices on the 7 inch Kindle Fire and compare these to the discounts offered occasionally at Amazon... like now.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 8:37:16 AM PDT
I have both the 7" for carrying in my purse and the 8.9" which I use a lot for reading at home because I've become so addicted to reading books in two-page landscape-mode as I can make the background sepia toned (not so much glare) and use large fonts so I'm reading small chunks that are less intimidating to me to 'get through' than smaller text and it works out well.

Here's a sample of that:

The picture 'previous' to that is another example.

The full set is a mixture of graphics from magazines or from using google maps or google earth or street view on both the 7" and the 8.9" models. Another is a screen shot from the 8.9" for the Potter Book of Spells ad that was a special offer but I liked the graphic.

If I want to show friends something the HD can do I tend to show it to them on the 8.9" as it's easier for them all to see and it has a very high "Retina"-type resolution. But it's usually the 7" in my purse.

- Andrys

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 10:58:54 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
weight is very important to me as I use public transport and usually have to walk quite a bit = I do everything I can to minimize the weight of what I tote with me - I could really tell the difference when I switched from the Kindle 2nd Gen to a Touch

also, I find the 7" Fire gets heavy after a while of playing games where you have to use one hand to hold it

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 11:26:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2013 11:29:07 AM PDT
The Blade says:
The case used for the device can go a long way toward making the Fire easier to hold - 7 or 8.9.

I have the Marware Revolve Portrait and Landscape Standing Case for Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Charcoal. It can be used as a stand - both vertical and horizontal as it allows the Fire to revolve within the case - and (most importantly) the case has a hand strap to allow the weight to better distribute across the hand. The same case is available for the 7".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 12:22:11 PM PDT
ThePrince says:
Kindle Fire HD is just as good as the 8.9" one and it's easier to hold and handle.

I'd recommend getting the 7" and using the $100 to get something else like a smartwatch or something.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 3:12:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2013 3:15:27 PM PDT
The Blade says:
>>>>"and using the $100 to get something else"<<<<

Actually, the difference is less than that right now:

7" HD 32 GB - $249
8.9" HD 32 GB - $299

With the sale going on right now, I wouldn't let the price sway my decision, one way or the other. Now is the time to buy the device that best suits one's needs.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 1:09:12 AM PDT
I have just received my new kfhd 8.9 after having used a 7" for about about six months.

I am very disappointed at the sound on the new one it does not turn up nearly as loud as the previous one so will need headphones most of the time.

Has anyone else noticed this or is mine faulty?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 4:04:51 AM PDT
I came to the Kindle 8.9 from the Nexus 7. The sound on my Kindle is positively booming, especially compared to the Nexus.
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