Apple iPad Mini vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has become one of the most popular tablets on the market in recent months, but with the launch of Apple iPad Mini just around the corner, Amazon is expecting a lot of competition. If you are looking into a new tablet for yourself or your family, it’s important you know which is better. Here is a comparison of the two tablets, as well as a summary of which has the edge in terms of quality, value, and other factors:

Screen Size

Apple iPad mini had a screen size of 10.1 inches, but the iPad Mini is designed to be a lot smaller. Its screen will be just 7.9 inches in diameter, which is a whole inch smaller than the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. For those that spend a lot of time watching movies, playing games, and enjoying the use of their tablet, that extra inch will make a big difference.


The resolution of the Kindle Fire HD is actually surprisingly good considering how simple the first Kindle was, and you will find that the 1920 x 1200 resolution is amazing on the tiny screen. The iPad Mini will have just a 1152 x 768 resolution, which is a bit low even for the smaller size of the device. For resolution, the Kindle Fire HD wins.


The iPad 3 will feature Apple’s latest processor, and it looks like the iPad Mini will have the same Dual Core processor. The Kindle Fire HD also has an equally good processor, so the two devices are tied in terms of CPU. However, the speed of the processor is surprisingly different. The iPad Mini has a processor that clocks just 1 GHz, while the Kindle Fire HD runs at 1.5. This is a noticeable difference, and it means the Kindle will be significantly faster.


The brightness of the iPad is something that few devices can compare to, and the iPad mini will definitely have an edge if they use the same OLED screen found on the iPad. The clarity of the screen is surprisingly good, but the Kindle Fire HD screen is just a little bit better in terms of sharp PPI and crisp imaging. You will find that viewing images on the Kindle Fire HD will be much more enjoyable, giving it the edge in terms of screen quality.


The latest OS by Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – is actually designed to be used for multi-tasking, and you will be able to use a number of applications at the same time on your Kindle Fire HD. The Apple OS, however, is made to be used one at a time, and you won’t be able to multi-task with your iPad Mini. If you want a versatile tool, the Kindle Fire HD is the way to go.

Other Features

One serious problem with the iPad Mini is that it won’t support a 3G network, which means that you won’t be able to get online anywhere – something that is possible on the Kindle Fire HD. The open source operating system of the Kindle Fire HD means that it will be a lot more flexible, and you will find that it can run Adobe Flash – an impossibility for Apple devices. There is even the face unlock feature that will allow you to bypass the PIN entry, and it will make it easier for you to access your device with one hand.

In summary, the Kindle Fire HD just has the edge. While the iPad is competition for just about any device, the iPad Mini just can’t match up.