We’re here now to talk about the amazing and affordable e-reader device known as the Kindle Fire…but there are a few different types of models of this device. How can you figure out which kind is the one you’ve got?
What are the differences between the models, and how am I supposed to be able to tell them apart? In this article we’ll go through the different models and find out these answers for you.
As of 2017 there are at least 14 different kinds of Kindle Fire tablets, so if you got yours as a gift or something and want to know which one you have…read on.
Kindle Fire Tablets; a Comprehensive List
- 2011 – Kindle Fire 7″ (First Generation Device)
- 2012 – Kindle Fire 7″ (Second Generation Device)
- 2012 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ (Second Generation Device)
- 2012 – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (Second Generation; 4G possibility)
- 2013 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ (Third Generation Device)
- 2013 – Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (Third Generation Device; 4G possibility)
- 2013 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (Third Generation Device; 4G possible)
- 2014 – Kindle Fire HD 6″ (Fourth Generation Device )
- 2014 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ (Fourth Generation Device)
- 2014 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” (Fourth Generation; 4G possibility)
- 2015 – Kindle Fire HD 7” (Fifth Generation Device)
- 2015 – Kindle Fire HD 8″ (Fifth Generation Device)
- 2015 – Kindle Fire HD 10” (Fifth Generation Device)
- 2016 – Kindle Fire HD 8’’ (6th Generation Device)
- 2017 – no new Kindle as of yet, but it may be on the way? (Sites say September)
So which one is yours?
There’s even a Kindle Fire not on this list; it’s the ‘’Kids EditionKids Edition’’ Fire which is basically a customized 7 inch model. Well, here’s how to tell, and it’s honestly not all that hard to figure out.
The first basic thing you’ll want to find out is whether the screen is 7 inches or not. You can go through the machine, check the specs, or even literally take a ruler or tape measure to the screen and find out for sure.
Once you know the screen size, here’s where the trick comes in. The easy way to tell the ‘’generation level’’ of your Kindle Fire device is through looking at the ‘’unlock tab’’ that’s on the front of your device when you turn it on and begin to use it.
If the ‘’unlock tab’’ is yellow, then you have a 2011 Kindle Fire.
If the unlock tab has a rounded edge, and the ‘’unlock icon’’ ISN’T surrounded by a circle…then your machine is from 2012. Once you find out that the machine is from 2012, you can narrow it down even further using a few other questions.
Does it have a front facing camera? (You can look at the screen, there will be a circle or small lens that’s part of the bezel display.) If your machine doesn’t have a camera in the front, it’s a Fire 7 inch 2nd Generation from 2012.
If it does have a camera, and has a rounded edge unlock button without a circle…it’s either a Fire HD 7 inch 2nd Generation, or a Fire HD 8.9inch 2nd generation. Obviously, the only difference between the two models is screen size, so that’s how you’ll be able to differentiate between those two models.
Now let’s say your unlock tab does have an ‘’unlock icon’’ that is surrounded by a circle.
Then you have to ask the same questions; does it have a camera? If so, it’s an HD 7 inch 3rd generation.
Finally, if your machine has a square box with no rounded edge or ‘lock’ icon, but instead has a small arrow also known as a ‘greater than’ sign, you have a machine from 2013 or 2014 or newer. Just like with the other machines, now it comes down to the screen size.
If you have a 6 inch screen, your machines is a Kindle Fire HD 6inch 4th Generation model. If you have a 7 inch screen, you are holding a Kindle Fire HD 7 inch 4th Generation machine. If you have an 8.9 inch screen, you’re holding a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th Generation machine in your hands.
This sounds a bit silly as that explanation is a bit complicated, but it’s as simple as that…most of the time. The only thing that can throw a wrench in this process is if your machine has had its operating system updated during any point in its life.
However, this would have had to have been done by a user, so the likelihood of this happening is very slim. However, we do want to mention it just in case and as a sort of disclaimer.
If in the unlikely event that this happened, or if you just want to be 100% sure of your machine’s origins, you can do a full spec check of the machine. You can narrow things down this way; can you connect to the internet without WiFi?
If so, your machine has 4G capability and that narrows down the list. If you know your screen size (measure the actual screen by the way not the screen with the bezel!) then you can also narrow down the list.
Finally, you can look online at photos of all the devices, and narrow down the list that way by comparing it to your own device. Once you find a machine that has the power buttons, USB ports, stereo jack, volume buttons etc. in the same places as the one you have in your hand, you have a winner.
This sounds a bit complicated if you’re just reading the words, but if you actually have a Fire device I your hand, it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Thanks for reading our article, and we hope you’ve been able to discern what kind of device you have!