Apple iPad 4  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.6 Out of 10
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
Released November, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
7.7 Out of 10
Web browsing speeds are as good as on devices with much faster CPUs, and games on the Amazon App Store played perfectly.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs Fire HD 8.9


Processing power and speed

Passmark and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 4 vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
54.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 3.2 fps Around 5.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 9 hour More than 20% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 3.8x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8.9" Around 10% bigger screen
Higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1920 x 1200 More than 35% higher resolution
Back view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Much faster web browser 3,221 vs 2,495 Around 30% better BrowserMark score
More processing power 2,384 vs 1,338 Around 80% better passmark score
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Slightly lighter 567 g vs 652 g Around 15% lighter
Slightly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 5% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly thinner 8.8 mm vs 9.4 mm More than 5% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 4  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Size 9.7" 8.9"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1920 x 1200
PPI 263 ppi 254 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes


USB support None 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No

form factor

Weight 652 g 567 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 11 hour 9 hour


iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Rear camera 5 MP 1.3 MP


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1.5 GHz


Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
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