Open the Amazon’s website and you’ll notice an advert “Much More for Much Less”, comparing the Kindle Fire HD tablet with the iPad mini and showing that the Kindle Fire HD is available for $199 while iPad mini starts at $329. In a typical marketing gimmick, Amazon has listed the advantages of its tablet stating that the Kindle Fire HD display has 30 percent more pixels than iPad Mini, have dual stereo speakers, support to watch HD movies and Ultra fast MIMO WiFi. To make the ad more interesting and attacking, Amazon extracted a quote from technology site Gizmodo which says:
“…your [Apple's] 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than the competing 7-inch tablets! You’re cramming a worse screen in there, charging more, and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy.”
While Amazon may tout a pricing and few spec advantages, it still can’t touch the iPad Mini’s access to the vast ecosystem of applications available in Appstore. Amazon store has only 51,000 applications whilst Apple has around 275,000 apps in Appstore almost six times. The advertisement list only the gaps and not the advantage iPad Mini have over Kindle Fire HD. To summarize – iPad Mini has HD front camera for FaceTime and 5.0 MP rear camera whereas Kindle Fire HD has 1.2 megapixel front camera and lacks rear camera. There are few more differences as well.
So how does the iPad Mini stack up against the Kindle Fire HD aside from specs mentioned at Amazon Home Page? Well, we’ve got all the tech specs comparison below for your perusal. Take a look at the table below to get a ‘real’ idea.
The iPad mini vs. the Competition (Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD)
|iPad Mini||Nexus 7||Kindle Fire HD||Nook HD|
|OS||iOS 6.0||Android 4.1||Android 4.0||Android 4.0|
LED-backlit IPS, 163 PPI
IPS display, 216 PPI
|7-inch LCD IPS, 216 PPI||7-inch LCD IPS, 243 PPI|
|Resolution||1,024 x 768||1,280 x 800||1,280 x 800||1,440 x 900|
|Processor||Dual-core A5||1.2GHz quad-core
NVIDIA Tegra 3
|Dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460||Dual-Core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB /64GB||8GB / 16GB||16GB / 32GB||8GB / 16GB + microSD|
|Ports||Lightning connector, 3.5mm audio||micro USB,
|microSD, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio||30-pin connector,
|Front camera||FaceTime HD||1.2-megapixel||HD||None|
|Cellular radio||Optional LTE||None||None||None|
|Pricing||$329 (16GB WiFi)
$459 (16GB LTE)
$559 (32GB LTE)
$659 (64GB LTE)
$249 (32GB)(w/special offers)
|Available now||Available Now||Available now|
iPad Mini is the first model of the miniature version of full-sized iPad and if Apple keeps gunning it in the right direction, the gap between iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD tablet offerings will continue to shrink. Apparently, iPad Mini sales are going good and the pre-order stock was sold out within 30 minutes.
Soon after, Amazon issued a statement saying that the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD sales have tripled over the week after iPad Mini launch. The company did not disclose out the actual sales figure making the statement ‘vague’.
But, if you care about having a large selection of apps and love to take photographs, the Apple iPad Mini is clearly the winner. What is your opinion about iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD? Would you rather have an iPad Mini or a Kindle Fire HD model?