Amazon is working to designate a brand in tablets. They may just have succeeded; the Kindle Fire HDX has bumped its value with a faster processor, improved graphics and a sharper display resolution. Naturally, it was time to reveal the true increases of the Kindle Fire HDX against the lead tablet champion, Apple’s iPad.
Kindle Fire HDX
- Available in a 7-inch and 8.9-inch version.
- 13.2 ounces which is over an ounce lighter than its predecessor.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2.2GHz.
- Nicely done on the resolution Amazon! 2560 x 1600 339 PPI.
- 8-megapixel camera with video playback of 720p. Front facing 720p with LED flash.
- Amazon must have been inspired by Apple, as the company has decided to create their Fire OS 3.0. While it is based on the Android 4.2.2, Amazon looks to personalize the OS with dedicated features.
- Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB memory storage sizes.
- The battery is estimated for 12 active hours of use. If using the Kindle solely for book reading, it can last 18 hours.
- The 7-inch 16GB is $229 and the 8.9-inch 16GB is $379.
Apple has a long time worth of trust and ecology in this versus review. It will take a severe contender to bring down the specs of the iPad versions. While the Kindle Fire HDX packs a powerful punch, hesitation resides on its ability to knock down the contender iPad.
- There is the iPad mini 7.9-inches and the 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display. Exclusion of the iPad 2 is purposeful.
- The iPad mini weighs about 0.68 pounds and the iPad Retina weighs about 1.44 pounds.
- The iPad mini is equipped with the dual-core A5 and the iPad Retina sports the Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics (the iPad Retina is thus far winning).
- The iPad mini’s resolution has a 1024 x 768 163 PPI resolution and is of course winningly fingerprint resistant. The iPad Retina kicks up the resolution with 2048 x 1536 264 PPI resolution with the LED backlit feature. The Kindle, surprisingly, is dressed to impress with their resolution.
- Both are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Retina swings away with an astounding 128GB option (it will cost!)
- The battery for both devices can run actively for 10 hours which is a great contender for the Kindle Fire HDX.
- Of course, there is an edge with iPad with Siri, the amazingly fast lightning connector and aperture size. Overall, while the specs of the camera seems less than the Kindle Fire HDX with 5-megapixels, only a novice would think the iPad would not match up to the Kindle’s camera. Apple has always included amazing illuminations and elemental lenses to capture the best of a shot.
- The costs for the iPad mini 16GB is $459 and the iPad Retina 16GB is $629.
The Kindle Fire HDX is not due to arrive until closer to Thanksgiving, so more time definitely is needed for a final review. The features thus far are pretty impressive. Turning to Dolby for their dual stereo speakers and adding a feature like Mayday is a big hit for Amazon. Mayday is a fantastic feature that allows a customer to connect to a free technical support line. Amazon is promising a response within 15 seconds. In this day and age of automation that is one hefty promise. Amazon also promises customers will receive this 15 second response 24/7/365.
Apple iPad customers may be grumbling a bit about their inability to reach a tech support agent without paying for the AppleCare plan or dishing out money to speak to a tech agent. The Genius Bar at the Apple stores can be pretty pricey as well, so this is a point of customer service Amazon is so far winning, on the surface level. This is a match that has no clear winner. The Kindle Fire HDX is still out for review, the revealed specs are impressive, especially with the features added. The Apple iPad is the king of the tablet industry and it will be interesting to see how Apple will hold up with the newest kid on the block.