Apple iPad mini 2  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

New: Apple iPad mini 2 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (Nov, 2013)
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
The 1.4-pound body doesn't feel lightweight, but it's comfortable to hold in two hands.
by c|net (Oct, 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
7.2 Out of 10
One area in which Amazon would hope to gain a big advantage with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD range over its rivals is with their displays.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini 2 vs Fire HD 8.9


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from,,, and 1 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Apple iPad mini 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini 2  based on its graphics, battery life and reviews.

See full details

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 2 vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

Report a correction
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Lighter 331 g vs 567 g More than 40% lighter
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
Significantly sharper screen 326 ppi vs 254 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1920 x 1200 More than 35% higher resolution
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 15% thinner
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over a year later
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm More than 40% smaller
Back view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Report a correction
More processing power 2,384 vs 1,420 Around 70% better passmark score
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7.8" Around 15% bigger screen
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 mini 2  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

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

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 8.9


8.3 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini 2  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Size 7.8" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1920 x 1200
PPI 326 ppi 254 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes


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

form factor

Weight 331 g 567 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9 hour


iPad mini 2  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
Apple iPad mini 2
Report a correction
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Report a correction


comments powered by Disqus