Apple iPad Air  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2 

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.9 Out of 10
In fact, its pixel density count of 264 ppi is a pretty fine figure – enabling it to produce plenty of details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
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Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2.2
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2
7.8 Out of 10
Amazon has updated the design of the 7-inch variant to bring it in line with the HDX range and its rivals in terms of build quality.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Air vs Fire HD 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Air vs Kindle Fire HD 2

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

Apple seemingly turned the wick up a bit here, with Geekbench indicating a processor speed of 1.39GHz, versus the 1.29GHz on the iPhone 5S.
iPad Air | by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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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
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Sharper screen 263 ppi vs 215 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 15% thinner
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

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Slightly more processing power 2,458 vs 2,185 More than 10% better passmark score
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Lighter 395 g vs 478 g More than 15% lighter
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Slightly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 5% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs Kindle Fire HD 2 

9.2
8.0
As for its front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, it’s ideal enough for our FaceTime sessions, but when it comes to still image quality, we wouldn’t necessarily say we’d rely on it much.
iPad Air

9.0
8.1
That period was punctuated by two updates, bringing faster chips and a better display, but it’s a full refresh we’ve all been waiting for, something to make the good ol' iPad look and feel truly new.
iPad Air

Overall

9.1 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad Air  vs
Kindle Fire HD 2 
Size 9.7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1280 x 800
PPI 263 ppi 215 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1.5 GHz

sensors

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

storage

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

ports

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 478 g 395 g
Size 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm 239 x 163 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
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