BlackBerry PlayBook  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released April, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook

  • 7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook
The idea of adapting Android apps is an exciting one, and the implementation is rock solid, but there still aren’t enough good apps to make the PlayBook’s App World a compelling ecosystem.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
First and foremost, details are surprisingly softer-looking than its still shot quality, but adding to that, is the distracting motion blur effect when panning.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 2 MP 50% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 7 hour More than 2.5x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 600 Around 6.8x higher resolution
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 2.2x faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Thinner 7.8 mm vs 10 mm More than 20% thinner

Features Key features of the PlayBook  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

screen resolution

1024 x 600
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
2560 x 1600


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Dual core

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

PlayBook  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Calendar includes a number of sensible improvements that for the most part make the interface a more efficient and gratifying experience.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The top bar has quick shortcuts to games, apps, music, videos, shopping, photos and more.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9


6.9 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


PlayBook  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 7" 8.9"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 HDX
Resolution 1024 x 600 2560 x 1600
PPI 169 ppi 339 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 2.2 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


PlayBook  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Webcam 3 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 8 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0 None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 425 g 384 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 10 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 7 hour 18 hour
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