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iPad mini with Retina Display Vs. Kindle Fire HDX 7 Tech Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 22, 2013October 22, 2013 2:20 pm PDT

iPad mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

The Amazon Kindle Fire line, despite being viewed as underpowered by tech enthusiasts, have been extremely popular. But how does the Kindle Fire HDX stand up against the iPad mini with Retina?

The Kindle Fire HDX represents a major leap for the Amazon tablet line, but how does it stack up against the latest diminutive tablet from Apple? We’ve put the specs of the two devices in a table for you below for you to compare. Let us know which you think is the more desirable tablet in your opinion in the comments below!

iPad mini with Retina Gallery

Kindle Fire HDX Gallery

iPad mini with Retina Display Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
Display Specs 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display (324 ppi) 7-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display (323 ppi)
Operating System iOS 7 Kindle OS 3.0 (Based on Android 4.2.2)
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 5MP iSight Camera No
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera 720p HD camera
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)3
  • Data only4
  • Support for ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless networks with HSPA+, HSDPA, and, with AT&T wireless, EDGE/GPRS fallback
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO+HT40)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Yes
Battery Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery 11 hours mixed use 17 hours when reading
  • Lightning connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • GPS (4G)
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS (Cellular models)
  • Cellular (Cellular models)
  • Location-based services via Wi-Fi. 4G model also uses assisted-GPS
Height 7.87 inches (19.99 cm) 7.3 inches (18.54 cm)
Width 5.3 inches (13.46 cm) 5 inches (12.70 cm)
Depth 0.29 inches (7.5 mm) 0.35 inches (8.9 mm)
Weight 0.73 pound (331 g) 10.7 oz (303 g)
Colors Space Grey, Silver Black

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...