Apple iPad mini 2  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2 

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad mini 2

  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad mini 2
7.3 Out of 10
No longer must we agonize over pixelization, just because its 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD Retina Display is glorious for its sharp visuals and strong 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
7.3 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 iPad mini 2 vs Fire HD 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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?

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TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2  based on its performance and battery life.

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

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps
Kindle Fire HD 2
12.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

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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
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
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 215 ppi More than 50% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Bigger screen 7.8" vs 7" More than 10% bigger screen
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 15% thinner
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 239 x 163 x 8.8 mm More than 40% smaller
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2

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More processing power 2,384 vs 1,384 More than 70% better passmark score
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

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs Kindle Fire HD 2 

8.5
8.1
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad mini 2

7.0
8.0
Running the Sunspider javascript benchmark, the Kindle Fire HD attained a score of 1878ms, which is on-par with higher mid-range tablets and smartphones.
Kindle Fire HD 2

8.5
8.0
In general, we have to admit that the iPad mini’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce some pleasant shots with its quality – especially for a tablet.
iPad mini 2

9.0
7.5
But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad mini 2

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini 2  vs
Kindle Fire HD 2 
Size 7.8" 7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1280 x 800
PPI 326 ppi 215 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 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 mini 2  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 None 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 331 g 395 g
Size 200 x 134.7 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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