Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

New: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (Oct, 2013)
Released October, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Last year's dual core Exynos CPUs with Mali graphics were some of the fastest on the market, and we're glad Samsung waited for the quad core Exynos 4412 to roll out the Note 10.1.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2012)
Released November, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Web browsing speeds are as good as on devices with much faster CPUs, and games on the Amazon App Store played perfectly.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 6.2x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly more RAM 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1200 Around 80% higher resolution
Bigger screen 10.1" vs 8.9" Around 15% bigger screen
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 298 ppi vs 254 ppi More than 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 10 months later
Thinner 8 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 10% thinner
Back view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much newer operating system Android 4.0 vs Android 4.3 Newer android OS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like

Features Key features of the Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
1920 x 1200

CPU Cores

Galaxy Note 10.1
Quad core
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

In return you get a stunning 2560 x 1600 display with lovely colors and clarity, the S Pen for precise writing and drawing, Samsung's excellent Multi Window split window multitasking, good S Pen support from third party notes and drawing apps, a fast CPU, expandable storage and USB host.
Galaxy Note 10.1

Images and text are sharper thanks to the higher resolution and higher contrast of the screen.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9

As expected from PLS, viewing angles are great if not flawless, with just a hint of contrast shift but only at extreme angles.
Galaxy Note 10.1

Getting your game on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is great, not just because of the quick performance of the quad-core processor, but because the tablet is light and easy to hold.
Galaxy Note 10.1


7.7 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Size 10.1" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1200
PPI 298 ppi 254 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes


USB support 1 Micro USB 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No

form factor

Weight 560 g 567 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8 mm 8.8 mm


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Rear camera 8 MP 1.3 MP


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.5 GHz


Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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