iPad mini vs Kindle Fire HD (comparison)

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Kindle Fire HD vs iPad Mini

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10 Comments to iPad mini vs Kindle Fire HD (comparison)

  1. Just bought the Kindle Fire HD. Wanted it for three things : Read books and mags, Email and News movie clips on news sites such as BBC, CNN, CNBC etc. CANNOT access my Apple iCloud email account and CANNOT view clips. Also CANNOT see where to get help for these two issues. Not using it for facebook or twitter or games or full length movies or music. It FAILS two out of three AND WHERE DO I GO FOR SUPPORT / HELP ? Very, very disappointing.

    • James Pikover

      When you say iCloud email, do you mean your @me.com account? And what do you mean view clips, like video clips sent via email?

  2. If one were doing an objective analysis they would weigh the attributes from most important to least important, all factors should not simplistically be considered the same. Its funny that Amazon is considered to have a closed system as if Apple is. Which device is the best depends on what you consider important.

    • James Pikover

      Both are closed systems, but Apple’s is strangely more open. It’s more open because it’s larger and Apple has a vast team of people just to approve of apps, of which there are hundreds of thousands. Amazon lacks those numbers and essentially took the open Android OS and closed it so only apps that Amazon wants are available.

      In a sense, it makes Amazon feel more closed because they limit what can be available from what can work on the device.

  3. I bought the iPad Mini instead of the Kindle Fire HD because my old Kindle sometimes freezes. I was reading my Kindle app on the iPad Mini and couldn’t make sense of the story… here, when the paragraph doesn’t end at the bottom of the page, it gets truncated. You need to change the font, then change it back to get the full paragraph. Deal breaker for me. Returned the iPad Mini and pre-ordered the new larger Kindle Fired HD.

    • James Pikover

      Apple’s text rendering system for HTML is odd. It’s strange for emails and for websites, and while it works a lot of the time, it doesn’t work quite often. The good thing is more and more websites are accommodating iOS devices, but that obviously doesn’t solve the issue. Amazon (really Google) does a far better job of handling text. While it doesn’t scroll as cleanly, it works much better.

  4. Display is only unimportant…when the tablet with the subpar performance is an Apple tablet. Apple needs to get its shit together here. Either Retina displays are not only better…but essential to satisfactory products or they are not. Hell, even the latest iPod has a Retina display.

    • James Pikover

      I partly agree with that statement. The display is extremely important, though most people won’t think about it much. But if you own an iPhone or any smartphone with a high resolution display, the iPad mini is going to look cheap by comparison.

      As for subpar performance, that’s very questionable. The reality is most people using an iPad 2 are happy with the performance a year and a half later. It’s still a powerful device, especially compared to today’s tablets. Aside from graphics processing, it’s identical to the 3rd gen iPad, and the iPad mini has all of the same parts.

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