The original Kindle Fire really set off the 7-inch tablet market, and now Apple is here to compete with the iPad mini against the second iteration of the Fire. How will the two stack up against one another? Well, for starters Apple’s tablet is a bit larger and more expensive. It also runs iOS 6 instead of a custom version of Android, which is what powers the Kindle Fire HD.
Ultimately, your decision may come down to which ecosystem you prefer. But here’s a look at the hardware included in both tablets side by side as a guide for your decision.
Apple iPad Mini Kindle Fire HD
1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460
7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
7-inch HD LCD
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
16GB or 32GB
FaceTime HD, 1.2-megapixel, 720p HD video
Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery; Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
Over 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content.