This holiday season has a lot of hot items appealing to buyers, but since this isn’t utopia, we can’t afford buying them all. That’s the kind of frustration buyers looking at mini tablets are currently going through, reviewing and comparing everything there is to know about them. When it comes to mini tablet reviews, the most difficult call is choosing between iPad Mini vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
There are three major things to take into account when reviewing iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire HD: technology, your very own needs and expectations from a mini tablet and price. If you’re serious about investing several hundred dollars in a mini tablet, then you’d better make sure you’re picking the best mini tablet for your purposes.
iPad Mini vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD: technology and screen size
Technology is what should justify the price of a gadget and not the branding. The iPad Mini runs on Apple’s latest iOS software and is 23 percent thinner than iPad 4, with a display screen resolution of 1,024 x 768. It also features the A5 dual-core chip and 4G LTE, WiFi connectivity and a 5 MP iSight rear-back camera that can record 1080p HD video and a FaceTime HD camera too. The battery life is estimated at 10 hours, but features the new Lighting connector that Apple has used for iPhone 5 too. iPad Mini’s price tag is $329 plus tax for the 16GB model.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a bit larger than the iPad Mini. The 8.9-inch tablet features Doly Audio, 4G LTE Wireless connectivity and a 1920×1200 HD display with “polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle”. It also features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an Imagination PowerVR 3D Graphics core and dual-band and dual-antenna WiFi. That means your downloads and streaming will be 40 percent fast. The battery life is 10 hours and the 16GB starts selling at $299. The 4G version sells for $499.
A previous review says iPad Mini isn’t your best choice of a mini tablet is screen quality is what you’re looking for. Apple might have sold 2 million new iPad and iPad minis in the first weekend after the release, but the review is very clear: “the iPad mini is certainly a very capable small tablet” with “a very capable display”. But it’s not as great as Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7. DisplayMate says the Amazon and Google tablets “have considerably sharper displays with 216 Pixels Per Inch, and they both delivered considerably sharper text”.