Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

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Released December, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
7.9 Out of 10
Strangely, the lightweight design also means the tablet's a great ebook reader as well.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
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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
7.9 Out of 10
The 7-inch display is sharp, and with a resolution of 1280x800 and a pixel density of 216ppi, it's considerably sharper than the iPad mini.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 8.9 vs Fire HD 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

TabletRocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.1) vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Lighter 447 g vs 567 g More than 20% lighter
Higher resolution rear camera 3.15 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Back view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Much faster web browser 3,221 vs 2,133 More than 50% better BrowserMark score
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly sharper screen 254 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 50% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Android 3.1) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1280 x 800 2.2x higher resolution
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer operating system Android 4.0 vs Android 3.1 Newer android OS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Dec, 2011 Release date 11 months later

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

8.0
8.0
In terms of software and hardware the two tablets are nearly identical, with the Tab 8.9 being 1.2" smaller (diagonally) and a quarter pound lighter.
Galaxy Tab 8.9

7.0
8.1
Images and text are sharper thanks to the higher resolution and higher contrast of the screen.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9

9.0
8.0
It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.
Galaxy Tab 8.9

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Size 8.9" 8.9"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1200
PPI 169 ppi 254 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes

ports

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

form factor

Weight 447 g 567 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour 9 hour

storage

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Rear camera 3.15 MP 1.3 MP

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.5 GHz

sensors

Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
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