Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Fire HD

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Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD are both popular items in Amazon's Kindle range. The devices offer a range of very different features which different users may find suitable, depending on how they would prefer to use their kindle. The Kindle Paperwhite remains close to a traditional eReader design, while the Fire HD is more like a tablet. A range of Kindle products can be found on eBay.

Kindle Paperwhite vs. Fire HD Specifications

There are a number of key specifications which can give an indication of the capabilities of an eReader.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Fire HD


The Paperwhite features a 6" touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768. The E-Ink display is comfortable for reading, and can be used in a variety of lighting conditions, including under direct sunglight.

The Kindle Fire HD makes use of a 7" full colour touch screen with a resolution of1280 x 800.

Battery Life

The Kindle Paperwhite has a battery life of up to 28 hours, meaning that it is ideal for reading while travelling, and go for a long time between recharges.

Due to the more powerful hardware featured in the Kindle HD, it has a battery life of 11 hours, shorter than that of the Paperwhite.

Recharge Time

The Kindle Paperwhite can be brought to full charge in 4 hours.

The Fire HD can also be fully recharged in around 4 hours.

Cellular Data Connection

The Paperwhite features a 3G connection, meaning eBooks can be downloaded anywhere with a cell phone connection.

The Fire HD does not include a cellular data connection, requiring connection to a network for internet access.


The Kindle Paperwhite has a built in wifi capability, enabling it to connect to private wireless networks and public hot spots.

The Kindle Fire HD also features wireless capability.


The Kindle Paperwhite does not feature any Bluetooth capacity, meaning it has no functionality with Bluetooth devices.

The Kindle Fire HD includes a built in Bluetooth connectivity, meaning it can be paired with other Bluetooth devices, such as headphones.


The Paperwhite has a built in memory of 2GB, capable of storing over 1000 eBooks.

The Fire HD includes 16GB of memory, and can store a range of media including eBooks, videos, music and apps.

Kindle Paperwhite Features

· The high resolution 6" screen offers a great way to read novels, while the E-Ink screen is designed specifically for reading.

· The screen also includes a backlight, which makes it suitable for reading in the dark.

· The Paperwhite also includes a 'time to read' feature, which can help users to ascertain their reading speed.

· Parental controls are also on offer, giving parents control over the content their children can access on the Paperwhite.

· The long battery life means users can go for a long time without having to charge.

Kindle Fire HD Features

· The kindle Fire offers a variety of features which are often found on tablets, including access to a range of apps and media.

  • The Fire HD uses the Android operating system, giving access to a wide range of applications.

· The 7" high definition screen offers a clear and vibrant image for watching movies and TV shows.

· A front facing camera can be used during web chat and video calls.

· Stereo speakers provide sound for the user without the need to wear headphones.

· Parents also have the ability on this tablet to limit the amount of time their children can spend on it.

How to Buy a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Fire HD on eBay

A wide variety of eReaders and tablets, including Kindle products such as the Paperwhite and Fire HD, can be found on eBay.

· The full listing of available eReaders can be found in theiPads, Tablets, eReaders section of the Computers portal.

· Items can be arranged by categories such as storage capacity, internet connectivity and operating system.

· Key information about an eReader is often prominently displayed in the item listing, making it easy to quickly establish if an item meets any specific requirements.

· Further information about a product, including information about the seller such as item reviews and feedback ratings, can be viewed on the item page. This helps to ensure that a purchase can be made with confidence.

· If looking for a particular eReader, it may be easier to make use of the search function, available at the top of every page. Searches can be made to return results from across the site, or from within a specified category.

· Look out for any deals which may be available on Kindle products under Computers.


The Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire HD are both popular choices. The Paperwhite eReader is an affordable and easy way to gain access to a wide range of eBooks, and features a long battery life and E-Ink screen designed for reading. The Fire HD is similar in design to a tablet, and can be used for reading eBooks as well as using apps and watching video. A wide variety of eReaders is available on eBay.

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