Here’s our breakdown of how the Kindle Fire 7″ HDX stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Pros and Cons of the Kindle Fire 7″ HDX:
The Kindle Fire 7″ HDX’s compact size is one of the few advantages the tablet has over the Galaxy
Tab. It also comes with free cloud storage for Amazon content.
The Kindle Fire 7″ has no microSD slot for storage expansion. It has lesser RAM than the
Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and a less powerful camera lens. It has a less powerful battery and it is thicker and slightly heavier.
Pros and Cons of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S:
The Galaxy Tab S is available in Dazzling White and Titanium Bronze colors while the Kindle
Fire 7″ HDX comes with only one color – black. The Tab S has a larger display, yet it is slimmer
and lighter. It has more RAM, a more powerful camera and delivers more than double the
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is slightly larger than the Kindle Fire. This may be the only disadvantage
to it, as the Kindle Fire can easily sit into your hands.
The Kindle Fire 7″ HDX is a tablet featuring a 7-inch, 323-ppi, 1200×1920-pixel IPS LCD
display. It is powered by Fire OS 3.0 Mojito and has a 2.2-GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor.
It has three storage configurations – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and 2GB memory. It has only
a single, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Other features include 11 hours of talktime, free
cloud storage, 9mm thickness and 303g weight.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an 8.4-inch, 359-ppi, 1600×2560-pixel Super AMOLED
display. The tablet is available in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations with up to 128GB
expansion capacity. It has 3GB of RAM and is available in three quad-core CPU options –
2.3GHz, 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz processors. The tablet runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and has an 8-
MP primary camera and a 2.1-MP front facing camera. It is just 6.6mm thick and weighs 298g.
The battery delivers a talktime of up to 29 hours.
The Kindle Fire 7″ HDX is the 3rd-generation tablet in the Amazon Kindle Fire series. It
was unveiled in September 2013 along with an 8.9-inch model and released in October 2013.
Amazon recently released an update in September 2014 by introducing a faster CPU and more
powerful GPU. Besides, the company also removed the term “Kindle” from the device’s name.
The Fire HDX received weaker than expected sales, but the low-cost of the Kindle Fire HD
models helped the company record more than 4.22 million tablet sales during Q4 2013.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was unveiled in June 2014 and released the next month. It was displayed
at the New York Samsung Galaxy Premier 2014 along with the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. In a recent
release, it was unveiled that Samsung reported incorrect information about the sales volume of
Galaxy Tabs in the past.
The Kindle Fire 7″ HDX is available at $179 on Amazon. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 comes
with a price tag of $397.99 on Amazon.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is easily the better tablet compared to the Kindle Fire 7″ HDX. It
has a more powerful camera. It features a larger display and yet it is lighter and slimmer. It has
more RAM, a microSD slot and a higher resolution display.