Both the iPad Mini 2 and the Kindle Fire HDX have been released for some time, but they are still powerful gadget with good value. We’re going to look into the two devices feature-wise, for you to decide which tablet is better for you.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
- 7″ screen
- 1920 * 1200 HD Display @ 323 PPI
- 2 GB RAM
- 2.2 GHz quad core processor
- 16 / 32 / 64 GB storage options
- Front facing HD camera
- Fire OS 4.0 (basically customized version of Android Kitkat 4.4.2)
- Optional 4G LTE with assisted GPS and compass capability
- 7″ screen size means higher portability
- Reasonable price
- Dual Wi-Fi antenna provides a better streaming and downloading speed
- Digital Dolby audio for the booming sound quality
- Weighs considerable lesser than the iPad Mini 2 (303 grams vs 331 grams)
- Quad core processor
- Charging port is universal, which means you can simply put any cable of an android device that supports the voltage and current and it will work.
- Amazon Appstore has fewer apps when compared to the Apple Appstore. To get more apps on the Kindle Fire, you can try side-loading.
- No rear camera in the 7″ model, for rear facing camera, go for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″
Apple iPad Mini 2
- 7.9″ screen
- 2048 * 1536 display @ 326 PPI
- 1 GB RAM
- 1.3 GHz dual core processor
- 16 / 32 GB storage options
- Dual camera
- Optional 4G LTE capability
- Dual cameras – 5 MP rear and 1.2 MP front
- Upgradable to latest version in iOS (Kindle Fire HDX would get updates but won’t be upgradable to the latest version of Android)
- Bigger screen means more space to enjoy
- App store has over 1 M apps and also has a huge variety of apps in different categories
- Tons of accessories available in market
- Higher price
- Various restrictions are there, e.g. locked to iTunes for apps, many accessories need to be bought from Apple (which are of higher price), etc.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternate with specs comparable to the iPad or the iPad Mini, then Kindle Fire HDX is a good choice. In addition, the Kindle Fire HDX does provides a good platform for enjoying Amazon content.
iPad Mini 2nd Gen a.k.a iPad Mini with Retina display, on the other hand does give benefits of having the better app store and a rear facing camera for taking high quality pictures with a tablet. Price is higher but if you can afford it then its a good deal too.
If you want an Apple device but don’t want to pay a really high price, then iPad Mini 1st Gen would do the job fine at a cheaper price compared to the iPad Mini retina display. If screen resolution is not a big issue for you, then you should be well with the Mini 1.