Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is quickly approaching. This year, smartphones and netbooks aren’t going to cut it as they have previously. This year, the thing to have are tablets. Not iPads mind you, but tablets. Tablets galore. It seems that every manufacturer under the sun has some sort of tablet on the market at this point, but as we learned before with smarthpones, not all are created equal.

The new tablet to the market is Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. The HDX is the moniker Amazon has assigned to their newest and most high powered tablets to date. Back in September, we made an announcement about the HDX’s debut, but we really didn’t give you much to compare it to. Now that we’re getting closer to decision making time, we figured it was a good time to provide you with an easy to read spec sheet. Today we’ll be comparing Amazon’s HDX’s to Apple’s, market dominating, iPads to see who comes out on top.

Kindle Fire HDX iPad mini
Size 7.3″(H) X 5.0″(W) X 0.35″(D) 7.87″(H) X 5.3″ (W) X 0.28″ (D)
Weight Wi-Fi - 10.7 oz
4G – 11.0 oz
Wi-Fi – 10.88 oz
4G – 11.04 oz
Display 7-inch 920 x 1200 (323 ppi) 7.9 inch 1024 × 768 pixels (163 ppi)
Battery 11 hours mixed use
17 hours when reading
10 hours mixed use
1 month standby
Processor Quad-Core 2.2 GHz 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
RAM 2GB  512 MB
4G Available Available
Storage 16, 32, or 64GB 16, 32, or 64 GB
Camera Front: 720p HD
Rear: None
Front: 1.2 MP 720p HD
Rear: 5 MP 1080p HD
WiFi Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Price starts at $299.99 Starting at $329.00

Comparing the small guys here we find that while the Kindle Fire HDX has a smaller screen in comparrison to the iPad mini, it makes some very decent advancements over the competition when it comes to weight, processor power and RAM. I’ve got to say, this is impressive and unexpected for me. I am disappointed to see that the HDX doesn’t come with a rear camera, who thought of that? Maybe it was a price point decision to keep the HDX starting at only about $30 cheaper than the iPad mini. Between the two here, I’d probably go for the Kindle Fire HDX simply for the RAM and pixel density.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 iPad 4th Gen
Size 9.1″(H) X 6.2″(W) X 0.31″(D) 9.5″ (H) X 7.31″(W) X 0.37″(D)
Weight Wi-Fi – 13.2 oz
4G – 13.5 oz
Wi-Fi - 23.04 oz
4G – 23.36 oz
Display 8.9 inch 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi) 9.7″ inch 2048 × 1536 (264 ppi)
Battery 12 hours mixed use
18 hours reading
10 hours mixed use
1 month standby
Processor Quad-Core 2.2 GHz 1.4 GHz dual-core A6
RAM 2GB 1024 MB
4G Available Available
Storage 16, 32, or 64GB 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Camera Front: 720p HD
Rear: 8 MP 720p HD
Front: 1.2 MP 720p
Rear: 5 MP, 1080p
WiFi Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Price Starts at $379.00 Starts at $499.00

Here with the big boy models we see some sharp similarities when it comes to size, but some dramatic differences when it comes to weight. How The Kindle comes in at almost 10 oz lighter befuddles and intrigues me. Once again, the processor and RAM on the HDX leave the iPad lagging behind. Storage options are the same, so they’re tied there. The iPad does however, jump back into the lead when it comes to the cameras again. Yes, the HDX 8.9 does in fact come with a second camera this time, but it’s stuck in 720p which excites no one. The nearly $100 price difference does make you wonder what exactly you’re paying for if you buy the Apple device, but that’s been debatable for decades. If you’re shopping for the best deal concerning hardware and price, you can’t beat the Kindle Fire HDX right now, but if the person you plan to purchase for stated they wanted the iPad, neither HDX is going to truly satisfy them.

Note: Apple has announced an October 22nd event.  So it’s likely we’ll see an updated iPad, and an iPad Mini with a denser screen.

Jordan Goodson

Jordan Goodson, the geek in the darkness, guiding his readers through the vast catacombs of tech and science. He journeys the interwebs searching for any and all relevant data to be absorbed and shared.