Apple iPad Air  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

New: Apple iPad Air vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (Nov, 2013)
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 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
7.3 Out of 10
The 7-inch display is sharp, and with a resolution of 1280x800 and a pixel density of 216ppi, it's considerably sharper than the iPad mini.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

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Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
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
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 9 hour More than 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8.9" Around 10% bigger screen
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over a year later
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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much sharper screen 254 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 95% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution
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
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

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

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 8.9 
Size 9.7" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1920 x 1200
PPI 131 ppi 254 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes


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

form factor

Weight 610 g 567 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9 hour


iPad Air  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Internal storage 16 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 1.3 GHz 1.5 GHz


Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
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