Apple iPad Air  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2 

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
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7.5 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2.2
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2
7.4 Out of 10
Donning an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, it’s undeniably sharper in every respect over its sibling – both in the detail and color department.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2012)

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Has a webcam 1.2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

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Lighter 395 g vs 610 g More than 35% lighter
Significantly sharper screen 215 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs Kindle Fire HD 2 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

It lacked not just a front-facing camera for FaceTime, but any camera at all, couldn't handle multitasking and for all that its display offered a great portal to the Internet and a plethora of apps, the Apple iPad was actually a somewhat unwieldy device to sit in bed or on the sofa with.
iPad Air

In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air


8.6 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad Air  vs
Kindle Fire HD 2 
Size 9.7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800
PPI 131 ppi 215 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1.5 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad Air  vs
Kindle Fire HD 2 
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP None
Rear camera 5 MP None


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

form factor

Weight 610 g 395 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 239 x 163 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
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