Apple iPad Air  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
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 HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.4 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 Air vs Fire HDX 8.9


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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No winner declared

Too close to call

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

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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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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More processing power 4,854 vs 2,116 More than 2.2x better passmark score
Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 10 hour 80% 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
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2.5x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 768 Around 5.2x higher resolution
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 384 g vs 610 g More than 35% lighter
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
Thinner 7.8 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner
Slightly higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Smaller 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm More than 25% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Calendar includes a number of sensible improvements that for the most part make the interface a more efficient and gratifying experience.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad Air  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 9.7" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 1024 x 768 2560 x 1600
PPI 131 ppi 339 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 2.2 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 HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 16 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 USB 2.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 610 g 384 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 18 hour
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