The biggest surprise of the year has been the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which manages to blend decent technical specs and affordability into a daring gadget that’s ready to take on the mighty iPad. And according to industry analyst, it will most likely be successful.
A Consumer Electronics Association poll revealed that 76% of tech consumers are interested in purchasing a tablet this year, while a separate report predicted that the Kindle Fire HD will outsell the iPad Mini by a ratio of 2 to 1. The LA Times also reported that the Kindle Fire has had more internet searches than the iPad Mini, and that it will likely be one of the hits of the upcoming shopping season. Selling at only $199, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is $130 cheaper than its Apple competitor, which can be purchased for $329.
Aside from the steep difference in price, which may well be the decisive factor for many Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargain hunters, there are several other technical specifications that are worth looking into before purchasing either the iPad Mini or the Kindle Fire HD. Right off the bat, one of the most easily recognizable differences is that the Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes with a 1280 x 800 HD display, and features about 30% more pixels and pixels per inch than the iPad Mini, at a 1024 x 768 resolution.
The iPad mini is notably one of the few Apple devices that does not come with the renowned Retina display that we see on the iPod and iPhone. Increased pixel count and density allows for clearer and sharper HD images, and makes the Kindle Fire HD perfectly suited for watching movies and television. Granted, the 7.9 inch iPad’s display is slightly wider than the compacted 7 inch display of the Kindle Fire HD, which can make watching videos more visually comfortable for some. However, the iPad Mini still loses points for not being able to deliver in HD quality.
However, one important point where the Kindle Fire HD wins over the iPad Mini is its enhanced interoperability, which means that Kindle Fire users will be able to easily access their content on other devices, including Apple and Android devices, Windows phones, and streaming devices. Most Apple content, however, is only available for Apple products.
In the tradition of all Apple products, the iPad Mini excels in terms of design. It is thin, light, fast, sleek, and has a wide selection of full-screen apps. By contrast, the Kindle Fire HD is bulkier and more cumbersome, in that it is best held using both hands. It also lacks a wall charger, which needs to be bought separately, for an extra $20.
Category: Smartphones and Tablets