Microsoft Surface Pro 2  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2
If you're a mobile worker in need of a lightweight tablet that's brimming with apps, for example, or a professional in need of a powerhouse laptop with a quad-HD display, there are better options than the Surface Pro 2 out there.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)
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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
Indeed, it’s super lightweight at 13.55 oz (384 gr), making it feel like we’re not holding anything at all in our hands.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 8.9" Around 20% bigger screen
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Significantly more RAM 4 GB vs 2 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Much lighter 384 g vs 907 g 2.4x lighter
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Longer battery life 18 hour vs 15 hour 20% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 0.9 MP Around 9x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much thinner 7.8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 40% thinner
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 207 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1080 Around 2x higher resolution
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly smaller 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 2.3x smaller
Higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 0.9 MP Around 2.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Features Key features of the Surface Pro 2  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

screen resolution

Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
2560 x 1600
It’s undeniably crisp, giving plenty attention to even the smallest of details – with no visible pixels to the eye.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

camera resolution

The 8-megapixel back camera is a nice addition.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by c|net (Nov, 2013)

CPU Cores

Surface Pro 2
Dual core
Armed with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, featuring the Adreno 330 GPU and coupled with 2GB of RAM, it’s no slouch when it comes to executing even the most demanding operations.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

CPU Frequency

Processor and Memory Armed with Qualcomm’s finest, it doesn’t surprise us with its snappy performance.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 2  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

8.5
8.0
Throw in Microsoft's own hone brewed ClearType rendering technology as well, it's able to deliver great details to even the finest of text – so there's plenty of sharpness and clarity to it.
Surface Pro 2

7.9
8.7
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

8.0
8.0
The 1,920 by 1080 resolution is great for movies (and means you'll keep the DPI and zoom settings up, because while text is crisp, clear and smooth it can also be a little small on the 10.6-inch screen).
Surface Pro 2

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface Pro 2  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 10.6" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1600
PPI 207 ppi 339 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Surface Pro 2  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 4 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Webcam 0.9 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 0.9 MP 8 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 3.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support 1 HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 907 g 384 g
Size 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 15 hour 18 hour
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