Apple iPad 4  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 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
8.2 Out of 10
However, it's the layout that impresses us, as Apple has taken some time to go through and really make use of the extra screen size.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.8 Out of 10
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs Fire HDX 8.9


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3D and 2D graphics

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

TabletRocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9  based on its performance and battery life.

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

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BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8.9" Around 10% bigger screen
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Much faster web browser 3,192 vs 2,495 Around 30% better BrowserMark score
Significantly more processing power 4,854 vs 1,338 Around 3.8x better passmark score
Significantly longer battery life 18 hour vs 11 hour Around 65% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Lighter 384 g vs 652 g More than 40% lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 55% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly sharper screen 339 ppi vs 263 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 2048 x 1536 More than 30% higher resolution
Thinner 7.8 mm vs 9.4 mm More than 15% thinner
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Smaller 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm vs 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm More than 30% smaller
Slightly higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 4  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Armed with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, we have to admit, the iPad 4 produces some pleasant photos that are worth saving for the memories.
iPad 4

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


8.9 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 9.7" 8.9"
Technology TFT LCD HDX
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2560 x 1600
PPI 263 ppi 339 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 2.2 GHz


Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Webcam 1.2 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 8 MP


USB support None Micro USB
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 652 g 384 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 11 hour 18 hour
Apple iPad 4
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