Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX: Should You Upgrade or Not?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 13, 2013 12:16 PM EST

The Kindle Fire HDX is the newest and the best tablet from Amazon that offers its users affordable Android experience. In fact, it even goes up against Apple's flagship tablet, iPad Air in Amazon's commercials. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HD is HDX's predecessor with a lower resolution screen but packed with similar features that Kindle buyers look for Kindle devices. The question is should you upgrade to the Kindle Fire HDX or just keep your Kindle Fire HD? Are the feature differences worth the $90 upgrade?

Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX

Basically, Kindle devices have similar features, benefits and services.

  • Parental Controls - Limit the time children can use the device with Kindle Freetime Email, Web browsing support and calendar.
  • Free downloadable videos, free Ebooks andHD video streaming with Prime membership.
  • WiFi
  • Dolby audio with dual stereo speakers
  • 7 inches display


The display is usually the deciding feature for users who chose to upgrade to the Kindle Fire HDX. It is the biggest difference between the two devices. Although the Kindle Fire HD's display is not quite bad, the Kindle Fire HDX's display is significantly better.

Kindle Fire HD - 216 ppi, 1280 x 800
Kindle Fire HDX - 323 ppi, 1920 x 1200

Design and Features

The Kindle Fire HDX is narrower, thinner and lighter than the Kindle Fire HD. Not to mention the additional angles that makes it easier to hold.

Kindle Fire HD - 12.2 oz, 7.5 x 5.0 x 0.42
Kindle Fire HDX - 10.7 oz, 7.3 x 5.0 x 0.35

The Kindle Fire HD is available in 8GB and 16GB versions while the Kindle Fire HDX is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Essentially, the $90 difference earns you double storage space, which is useful if you want to download magazines, videos and images in your device. Furthermore, the Kindle Fire HDX features a new type of faster WiFi.

Other upgrades

  • Better display
  • Improved battery life
  • Rear camera
  • Video chat capabilities
  • Enhanced processor
  • Mayday live support
  • Lighter and thinner

Although the Kindle Fire HD remains to be a good deal tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX is definitely worth the upgrade with its impressive improvements. 

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