Apple iPad Air vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch

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With its sleek redesign and fast new A7 processor, the iPad Air is an instant hit. But the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is more than ready for battle. For $120 less, Amazon's slate offers a higher-resolution screen than the Air and clever new features, like the Mayday button for instant support. But which tablet is really the best value? We closely examined everything from design and performance to app selection and user interface in a bruising 13-round battle to name a winner.


The shape of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch definitely is more interesting than the average rectangular shape of most tablets, including the iPad Air. Every edge of the HDX is angled, offering an aerodynamic look. However, the chamfered chrome edges on the Air screen's bezel lend it a premium look and feel. The Air also has a more elegant aluminum back, compared with the HDX's plastic chassis.

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More: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9: Full Review

At 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.31 inches, the HDX 8.9-inch is more compact than the competition, including the Apple iPad Air (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches). And weighing just 0.89 pounds, the HDX is also lighter than other tablets in its class, including the 1.05-pound iPad Air. However, the Air has a larger 9.7-inch display, giving you more screen real estate in a thinner package.

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More: Apple iPad Air: Full Review

The button placement on these two devices is very different. Amazon opted to put the power and physical volume controls on opposite sides of the back (when held in landscape mode). Apple placed the power button on the top of the iPad Air (in portrait mode), while the Silent/Screen rotation lock switch and volume buttons sit on the top-right edge. Plus, we like that the Air offers a physical home button on the bottom of the front; it makes it much easier to exit apps and switch between open apps.

WINNER: iPad Air. Apple's tablet offers a sleeker design with better button placement.


Amazon packs the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch with a sharp 2560 x 1600-pixel, 8.9-inch display with a density of 339 pixels per inch. That beats the iPad Air's stunning Retina display (2048 x 1536 pixels with 264 ppi). The 440 lux and 408 nits of brightness on the Fire HDX 8.9-inch also beats its competition, including the iPad Air (411 lux).

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Despite the specs, when we viewed a trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the iPad appeared slightly brighter, but the HDX seemed to offer deeper colors. We had a similar experience when viewing 2560 x 1600-pixel photos of a stack of pennies and a baby's face. With resolutions this high, it's tough for the human eye to make out major differences.

WINNER: Draw. While the Kindle Fire has a sharper and brighter screen, the iPad Air's picture quality is equally good.


Both the iPad Air and HDX 8.9-inch sport dual speakers. On the iPad, the two speakers line the bottom of the edge (when the iPad is held in portrait mode). The dual speakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology on Amazon's slate, however, are on the bottom of the slate in landscape mode. To us, this seems more useful for watching movies. And when you lay both devices on a table, the Kindle's speakers actually amplify the sound by bouncing off the table.

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On our LAPTOP Audio Test, the Fire HDX speakers pumped out audio at a loud 74 decibels. That's lower than the 83-db category average, but we had no problem filling a small room with quality sound. The iPad Air, in comparison, only put out 67 db.

When we played "New Soul" by Yael Naim on the iPad Air, the sound was clear and crisp, and allowed us to differentiate various instruments. The same song on the Fire HDX sounded muddled. And while "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse may have come off a bit harsh on the iPad, the Fire HDX sounded muffled.

WINNER: iPad Air. Based on the built-in Dolby technology and the high decibel reading, we had expected the Fire HDX to win this round, but the iPad Air simply sounded better.


Both Amazon and Apple have upped their game in the interface arena. Fire 3.1 is Amazon's Android overlay on the Kindle Fire HDX. With this latest skin, Amazon has added a plethora of new features. And iOS 7, powering the iPad Air, has an updated look and feel, as well as a number of its own enhancements. 

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Familiar to previous Fire owners is the somewhat juvenile carousel view of recently opened content or apps that sit at the top of the screen, just above a more traditional grid view. Yet this year, Amazon added the Quick Switch feature from within apps; with a side swipe from the right, you can reveal a tray of open apps without going back to the home screen.

Along the top is a row that separates your content by type — games, apps, books, music, videos, newsstand, audiobooks, Web, photos and docs. Naturally, you can access the Amazon store from this bar. It's an obvious and clear system of navigation that we found helpful. Swipe down from the top, and you'll see a quick-settings menu, where you'll find options for Brightness, Autorotate, Wireless and Settings.

Under Settings, you can open another window to tweak everything from sounds and security to parental controls. For dedicated readers, there's a Quiet Time switch that allows you to prevent notifications from interrupting your reading time.

More: Apple iOS 7 Tips and Tricks

The iPad Air runs iOS 7 out of the box. This refreshed interface features a flatter, brighter and more minimalist design. Also new to iOS 7 is an improved notifications window, as well as a quick-settings Control Center menu that you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

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Another new feature of iOS 7 is improved multitasking. Double-clicking the home button shows thumbnail views of all the open apps; flicking one up lets you close it.

WINNER: iPad Air. While we appreciate the enhancements both Amazon and Apple have made, iOS 7 is more intuitive.


Amazon boasts more than 100,000 apps in its app store, nearly 75,000 of which are free. Amazon doesn't say how many of those are tablet-optimized. In comparison, Apple says its App Store has more than 475,000 tablet-friendly apps in a larger store of nearly 1 million.

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We dug through the top paid and free apps across Amazon, the Apple App Store and Google Play. Amazon offered only 5 out of the top 30 that were not available via Apple. Conversely, 21 popular apps for iTunes and Google Play couldn't be found in Amazon's store. Notable and missing apps on Amazon include Polaris Office, Heads Uvp! and YouTube. The apps that were missing on the iPad Air were overwhelmingly related to slot games.

More: 25 Best Android Apps and 25 Best iOS 7 Apps

App quality also varies from one tablet to the other. On the Amazon slate, Spotify appears as an enlarged version of the Android phone app, despite the label "Kindle Fire Edition" next to the app name. But on the Apple tablet, Spotify offers a much more graphic, tablet-optimized experience. The same is true of TripAdvisor.

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Flipboard looked great on both devices, and we even prefer the experience of the IMDb app on the Fire HDX, but this is an Amazon-owned app.

WINNER: iPad Air. Amazon has made progress, but Apple still has all the big-name developers and more tablet-oriented apps.


Amazon — true to its bookseller roots — offers a catalog of millions of e-book titles. With the company's new Immersion Reading, you can get even more engrossed in your next e-book. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch can synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks, highlighting the text as it is read by a professional narrator. While we could see this feature being helpful for children, we're not sure adults would want to have a book read to them as they read.

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Apple's own iBooks app and store come standard on the iPad, but you can get the Kindle app for iPad. The average price of the best-selling e-books, as determined by The New York Times, is $7.72 for iBooks and $7.49 on the Kindle, so Amazon gets the win in this subcategory.

Amazon offers more than 20 million songs from thousands of artists, as well as a large selection of newspapers and magazines. Likewise, Apple has its own gold-standard iTunes store for music, as well as newspapers and magazines.

Based on Nielsen's ratings for the most popular TV shows, we were able to locate the same 10 in both stores for the same per-episode prices. With both devices, you can get season passes at a discounted rate. Similarly, all of the top 10 best-selling Blu-ray movies were available in both stores. Only seven of the 10 were available for rental, but they were the same seven on both platforms. Neither Apple nor Amazon releases exact numbers on how many TV shows or movies each offers.

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If you're an Amazon Prime member ($79.99 per year), you'll enjoy free access to tons of media. However, that perk is mitigated by the fact that you can still access that same content on the iPad Air.

WINNER: Draw. It's a tough call here, but we can't see a reason to give either of these tablets the edge in this category. Both the Air and HDX offer a huge selection of multimedia content.


iPad Air owners can download Apple's iWork suite for free, including the separate apps for Numbers, Keynote and Pages. This full-featured productivity suite will come in handy for anyone who needs to work from his or her tablet. Each app can automatically back up documents to iCloud for continuous syncing and easy access from a MacBook or the Web.

The plethora of third-party keyboard attachments for the Air will make that work even easier. Plus, in a few keystrokes, we were able to add our Outlook Exchange email and calendar to the Air.

When we downloaded a Word doc as an email attachment, we could transfer it to Pages. From there, we were able to edit the file and share it with other iOS users via iCloud.

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Apple also offers a ton of helpful productivity tools through its App Store. From Dropbox and Google Drive to Salesforce, you're sure to find an app you need to get real work done.

Amazon, on the other hand, does not make a productivity suite of its own. You cannot get access to Google Drive through the Kindhdle Fire HDX 8.9-inch either, unless you go through the browser. You can download a third-party productivity suite, such as OfficeSuite Professional 7 or Kingsoft Office for Android. You will not find Dropbox or Salesforce.

While the universe of third-party keyboards is smaller for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch, these accessories do exist. We successfully added our Outlook Exchange email and calendar to the Kindle, but it took more taps on the Amazon tablet.

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Document management is a bit easier on the Kindle than on the iPad. Each Fire HDX has its own email address where you can send files directly. Those files are automatically stored in the Amazon cloud. You can also transfer files via USB or open them via email. However, when you open files, they open as you would open an e-book.

WINNER: iPad Air. While we like that you can email documents directly to the Fire HDX, it's tough to argue with the quality and price of Apple's free iWork suite.

Parental Controls

Tablets have become more than just a one-person device. A whole family should be able to share one slate. But you probably don't want your younger children to have unfettered access to the entire world of inappropriate apps and the full Web. Amazon tackles those issues with its Kindle FreeTime. This feature lets parents easily create profiles for different children, and hand-select which books, apps, games and videos their kids can access (including the browser and the store). We especially appreciate that parents can set daily limits for tablet use, or restrict specific categories of content, such as games and movies.

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Amazon also now offers Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. For $2.99 per month, parents can automatically provide their children safe access to age-appropriate (ages 3 to 8) books, games, apps, movies and TV shows on their own profiles. The content comes from such well-known sources as Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS and "Sesame Street."

More: Kids Tablets to Buy (or Avoid)

Apple's parental controls are somewhat buried, but they're available through Settings > General > Restrictions. From here, you can turn off access to stores, browser and in-app purchases, and even restrict content based on ratings. For instance, by toggling off Explicit for Music & Podcasts, you can rest assured your child won't be listening to naughty lyrics. There is no option, however, to limit time spent with the tablet.

WINNER: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. Amazon's FreeTime feature offers kid-friendly content and automatically removes the "5-more minutes" argument between parent and child.


The Air's rear 5-MP camera has an f2.4 aperture and can record 1080p videos. The rear-facing 8-MP camera on the HDX features a flash and can also record in 1080p. Based on a picture taken indoors of some colorful toys, the Fire HDX blows away the iPad Air for color representation and detail. Similarly, shots in low light appeared much clearer, thanks to the Fire's flash.

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We shot colorful scarfs and an intricate door on a sunny day, using both tablets. The scarfs appeared more colorful on the iPad Air, but the color was not as realistic as on the Fire HDX 8.9. The coloring of the door also looked more realistic on the Amazon slate.

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A video of New York City traffic looked sharper and clearer on the Fire HDX. The iPad Air's footage appeared fuzzy. 

The Air sports a front FaceTime HD 1.2-MP camera, while the HDX offers a 720p front shooter. Selfies taken with both cameras proved that the iPad Air offers better resolution and color representation, but both would be good enough for video chatting.

WINNER: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. The HDX's back camera takes sharper and more colorful photos, and benefits from a flash.

Performance & Specs

Under the hood, the Fire HDX 8.9-inch packs a 2.2 quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 400-MHz Adreno 320 graphics chip. Apple gave the iPad a superfast A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and paired it with a new M7 co-processor for motion tracking.

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On Geekbench 3, which measures a device's overall performance, the HDX 8.9-inch scored 2,609 on the multicore test. That showing didn't quite beat the Air's score of 2,694. On 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which measures graphics performance alone, the HDX 8.9-inch registered 12,786. But the iPad Air's 14,850 score was far better. It took the Kindle Fire HDX 692.1 milliseconds to complete the Sunspider Javascript test, which is far longer than the iPad Air's 383.5 ms.

In our experience, both devices offered a smooth experience moving from one app to another. While playing "Riptide GP 2" on both devices, we enjoyed very realistic water effects. Opening "Despicable Me: Minion Rush" on the iPad Air took 9 seconds, compared with 11 seconds on the Fire HDX 8.9-inch. Switching between applications took the same number of taps and was complete in about 2 seconds on each device.

WINNER: iPad Air. The Kindle Fire HDX has a very zippy CPU, but the iPad Air just performs better across the board.

Battery Life

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Amazon claims that the Kindle Fire HDX can last up to 12 hours on a charge. The retailer also says that when the HDX is used just for reading, it is smart enough to power down unused system components, which could extend the endurance to 18 hours.

More: 10 Tablets with the Longest Battery Life

On the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi on 40 percent brightness), the HDX 8.9-inch lasted an epic 13 hours and 42 minutes. The iPad Air, on the other hand, lasted 11 hours and 51 minutes. The tablet category average is 7:16.

WINNER: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. Amazon's large tablet simply lasted longer on the same test.

Special Features

The HDX has plenty of unique features that differentiate it from the iPad Air. For instance, with a couple of taps, you can now see and hear a friendly tech support agent 24/7 with the Amazon Mayday service. We particularly like that the agent can walk you through features by drawing on your screen.

Amazon has also extended its X-Ray feature, previously available for books and movies, to its music store. While listening to "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons, the lyrics streamed along the right side of the screen.

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X-Ray for video, which was added earlier this year, is more in-depth, as it syncs with IMDb's database. By tapping the screen while watching "Batman: The Dark Knight," we could pull up bios on the actors in any given scene. You can also get general trivia.

Once it's enabled, the HDX's Second Screen feature will let users share their tablet's content with select Samsung TVs, as well as the PlayStation 3 and PS4. If you don't own one of these devices, you can stream whatever is on your HDX directly to Miracast-capable devices, such as the Netgear Push2TV Wireless Display adapter ($59). Amazon has not announced exactly when this update will come, but it is expected before the end of the year.

More: How to Use Goodreads on Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Then there's Cloud Collections and Goodreads. Cloud Collections allows you to group content and then store it on Amazon's server instead of using your tablet's storage. Goodreads is a social network for bookworms that allows members to see what their friends are reading, share highlights and rate books.

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Apple doesn't offer nearly as many bells and whistles as Amazon. The iPad Air does offer access to Apple's personal assistant, Siri. The voice-powered helper can answer nearly anything, and she does so with personality and context. That means you can ask, "Where's the largest roller coaster in the world?" followed by "and the biggest building?" and Siri will know you're looking for the largest building in the world.

WINNER: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. Amazon simply packs in more unique features than Apple.


Apple's iPad Air starts at $499, in space gray or silver, with 16GB of onboard storage and no carrier data plan. You can configure a version in 32GB, 64GB or 128GB, the last of which boosts the price to a whopping $799. A 4G LTE version is available for multiple carriers, but that will cost you an extra $130 up front, plus a monthly fee.

More: Tablet Buyers' Guide: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Alternatively, Amazon charges $269 for its base model of the Fire HDX 8.9-inch. This version also sports 16GB of storage space and no carrier data. The Fire is also available in 32GB and 64GB models, but there's no 128GB option. With a 4G LTE plan from AT&T, the highest price you'll pay for Amazon's tablet is $499.

WINNER: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. The numbers speak for themselves.


This match was a close one, but the iPad Air wins by a score of 8 to 7. Apple's tablet bests the Kindle Fire HDX on design, audio quality, user interface and performance. We also prefer the Air for productivity, thanks to Apple's free iWork suite. The biggest advantage the Air has is the App Store's huge selection of apps specifically designed for tablets.

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a great tablet as well, especially for families. It sports a lighter design, a better camera and robust parental controls. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you get tons of free content. Having the Mayday button onboard is yet another perk for those who want instant tech support.

Both tablets have a ton to offer, and they tied for multimedia experience and display quality. However, while the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch wins on price, the iPad Air is the better tablet overall.

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Author Bio
Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  • MaryPat Says:

    I have a kindle fire HDX 8.9 & am seriously thinking of getting an iPad or going back to a laptop. It freezes up on a regular basis which is really a pain and it also does not have flash which means there are an awful lot of videos that you cannot watch because of this.

  • Laura Heiser Says:

    I'm interested in an iPad for one specific app: The iPad Paintbrush as shown in Hammacher Schlemmer. The Kindle Fire seems like a better deal (price and weight). What do you think?

  • S Deabler Says:

    I am looking for a tablet that allows me to play games, take pictures, read books and do email? I have gmail and I like google as a browser. I also have info with Amazon which I like. However, some reviews I read concern me relative to the Kindle Fire 8.9 Tablet freezing up. While I understand you can do things to unfreeze I don't want to deal with this issue at all. What do you think?

  • Truth_Stalker Says:

    You can always tell what website's technology comparison articles are written by an iSheep. They HATE to admit when another device beats an Apple device at ANYTHING. They will only allow a 'Draw' where the Android (or Fire OS in this case) device wins. They also conveniently leave out any features that the Android (or Fire OS) device has EXCLUSIVELY (Mayday, for example) and thus, makes that device superior. Their 'Benchmark Score Chart' even contradicts what the article says. Ha! This would be laughable if it weren't so blatantly skewed and malicious in intent.

    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Wins!😎
    Fatality! 😈

    Not allowing comments that are critical of biased articles, I see. Figures. Ha!

  • John Zoidberg Says:

    I think they're overlooking the fact that, even in the categories where the Ipad air wins, it only wins slightly. Honestly who really cares if it take the Kindle 300 milliseconds more to do something? The Ipad, or any apple product for that matter, is a huge rip off. Simply because everyone knows who apple is they're able to sell their products for 2x or even 3x as much as other products of comparable quality. They are blatantly ripping off their costumers and treating them like ignorant idiots.

  • Thomas Montgomery Says:

    I am told that you can make phone calls with the Kindle HDX 8.9 using WI-FI in your home on Magic Jack phone through your computer. Also that this Kindle is especially to work with Magic Jack, is this what you understand? Also I am not sure still after reading this report if the Apple I Pad Air has program where you can get free help like Kindle May Day . Could you elaborate on these questions?

  • Carol Says:

    Looking for the best Kindle for Dyslexic child. Heard about one which highlights the words as audio books are being read aloud or the child can mute and read on her own. Read on own then turn on audio when tired. Suggestions please?
    Cannot find that info on line or just do not understand it. Thank you.

  • Erick Says:

    mmmmmm i don't know if trust you, just check the score, I see a draw

  • Ãmanda Says:

    This article shows how posts that compare Apple products with non-Apple produtcs are always useless if written by an Applemaniac... unless, of course, you're another Applemaniac.

  • harold Says:

    Yes, but the HDX 8.9 is £399 in the UK with cellular and the ipad air is £499 so this is a significant difference

    For browsing books and media the HDX would be the one

    For apps the ipad

  • Yufeng Says:

    Your benchmark graph is mixed up.

  • Someone Says:

    I think the iPad air is definetly better than the kindle fire hdx 8.9 in.

  • Sam Ward Says:

    TrueAmerican: "Android means future ROM upgrades .. without NSA invasive proprietary Apple OS."

    This is silly. iOS is just as upgradable as Android. In fact, with all the fragmentation in Android designs, you’re far more likely to get stuck with a device that cannot be upgraded.

    The Kindle runs Fire OS v3, (yet another fork of Android). It may never get an upgrade. Also, while many Android apps will run it, NOT ALL will run and many won’t run properly. For example, Fire OS won't run the Google Mail, Google Maps or YouTube Android apps: the only way to use these services is via web browsers.

    Regarding the NSA's access to IOS, the original talk (and the article in “Der Spiegel”) concerned the version of iOS valuable in 2008: we don't have any information about the current version of IOS, let alone how hackable iOS 7 is compared with FireOS 7.

    Now look at screen size. If all you want to do with a tablet is watch films then the Kindle's 16:10 screen is closer to the 16:9 film format than the iPad's.

    Personally, I'm much more interested in reading books and magazines, and running apps, than having another tiny TV, so for me the IPad's 4:3 screen is the winner.

    (The iPad's screen is also closer to the 3:2 ratio of classic 35mm film, so the iPad's screen wins for photography and for viewing and editing photographs. The 16:9 aspect ratio of the Kindle's screen is only a benefit if you're watching, or if you're shooting a wide-screen movie on your Kindle. In the latter case I’d say wrong tool for the job.)

    TrueAmerican:"CPU benchmarks are pointless"
    TrueAmerican: "several other benchmarks would show the Kindle the winner"

    What do you have to do to make “Kindle the winner”? When and where 'would' one find these benchmarks?

    Why would these faster benchmarks worry anyone if all benchmarks are "pointless"?

    TrueAmerican: "CPU benchmarks are useless .. because they are impacted by the OS and so many other variables."

    A tablet's CPU is rarely benchmarked on its own. Rather, the tablet's SoC (System on a Chip i.e. CPU, GPU, RAM) is benchmarked as a unit, so there are far fewer "variables" than CPU benchmarks on desktop systems. So the benchmarks for a tablet's SoC is a far better guide to the tablet's performance than (say) a CPU's benchmark on a desktop system.

    Finally, a tablet is almost always benchmarked with its SoC and its OS. Thus, a benchmark can give a great indication of performance, provided the first thing you *don’t* do is root it and replace the OS!

    The fact that a 2.2GHz quad-core Kindle is *slower* than a 1.4GHz dual-core iPad Air shows how wasteful the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC is compared with Apple’s A7-based 64-bit SoC. (This waste extends to battery life. Google battery life and drain for the Kindle and look at the complaints.

    Then the iPad has 5GHz WiFi, better and more flexible wireless data, HDMI for the TV fixated, Siri, digital image stabilisation on the camera. The Kindle doesn’t have any of these.

    The Kindle is cheap. I’ll give you that.

  • Andrew L Says:

    While I don't have an iPad air, I do have a normal iPad with retina display. Here are the things that I like that apply.

    Larger display size and retina display for displaying my photography portfolio. The ratio is perfect. I don't want a widescreen tablet because I don't just watch widescreen movies. I also browse web pages vertically and view photographs.

    Siri, and I know so many people don't care, but I use it quite a lot. Any time you have a question about temperature, the weather, scheduling an appointment on your calendar, sending a quick message or email to somebody, setting an alarm or timer, you actually have to try Siri to understand how useful it is...don't just ask stupid questions like jokes.

    It just works. It never freezes, everything just works. That was the big thing and it's why I'll be getting an iPhone 5s when I can. Apple just works, and it all works together.

  • True American Says:

    Obviously the author owns an Ipad. It's a bit annoying that all the TIES in the article are categories that the Kindle actually wins, therefore skewing the final score.

    Kindle is nearly a quarter pound lighter. Significant.

    The 'larger' screen of the Air is because they are pushing the screen into dimensions closer to a square which make no sense because movies are wide screen now. The larger screen and less pixels of the Air is noticeable. Kindle wins period.

    Camera goes to kindle. More pixels and a flash and better quality period. It also is f2.2 which means it handles low light better(lower f numbers are better)

    Android OS makes Kindle a winner. Android means future ROM upgrades and customizable ROM's without NSA invasive proprietary Apple OS.

    CPU benchmarks are pointless and several other benchmarks would show the Kindle the winner since the Kindle is Quad Core 2200Mhz verus the Air's Dual Core 1400Mhz. Kindle Wins Again.

    The reason I say the CPU benchmarks are useless is because they are impacted by the OS and so many other variables. Also the CPU's both have enough power to drive the tablets.

    The price difference should be worth 2 points for the Kindle.

    The only reason to stick with Ipad would be if someone has tons of money invested in the Ipad and Apple store and they like it.

    New users should jump on the Kindle. It's better period.

  • Lian Says:

    The bar graph showing the Geekbench 3 benchmark comparison of the iPad Air and Kindle Fire's scores are backwards. The Air should have the 2694 and the Fire should have the 2609.

  • ja Says:

    god, you are such a homer.

  • Ricky D. Merritt Says:

    The benchmark numbers that you quote for the Ipad Air and the Kindle Fire HDX are crossed. You said the kindle fire hdx is 2609 but it is the ipad air score..

  • Steve Z Says:

    The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9's case is made of magnesium alloy not plastic.

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