Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE, Galaxy Note 8.0 Mid-Size Tablet Comparison

By Hilda Scott , Apr 16, 2013 05:11 PM EDT

Mobile tablets are offered today in many sizes, allowing users to choose the device that best suits their needs. Larger tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may be too large for some people. Smaller tablets such as the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 may not be large enough for others.

If you're looking for a mid-sized tablet, you may be looking at Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 are tablets that fit within the 7-inch and 10-inch tablet range.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE offers an 8.9- HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, video playback of up to 1080p. The LCD uses IPS (in-plane switching technology) with anti-glare. The tablet comes in two storage sizes, either 32 GB or 64 GB and has 1GB RAM. For connectivity, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE offers Wi-Fi and 4G LTE capability. The OS on the tablet is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor.

In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and runs Android 4.1.2  Jelly Bean. It comes in storage capacities of 16 GB and 32GB and has 2GB RAM. The microSD slot allows for extra storage, up to 64 GB, unlike the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE, which has no card slot. The 8-inch HD display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 uses TFT technology (thin-film transistor) and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with 1080p video playback. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is Wi-Fi-capable, no LTE at this time.

When purchasing a tablet, it's always a good idea to determine what your primary use of the tablet will be. Knowing this, along with reviewing the device's specifications will help you decide which tablet best suits your needs.  The 32 GB  Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE retails for $399. The Galaxy Note 8.0 retails at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. 

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