Apple iPad mini 2  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

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)
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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 iPad mini 2 vs Fire HDX 8.9

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, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

TabletRocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9  based on its performance and battery life.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 2 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 mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

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Slightly smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm Around 30% smaller
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Significantly more processing power 4,854 vs 1,401 Around 3.5x 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 faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7.8" Around 15% bigger screen
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
Higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 2048 x 1536 More than 30% higher resolution
Slightly higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

8.5
8.7
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

8.5
8.0
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.
iPad mini 2

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini 2  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 7.8" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2560 x 1600
PPI 326 ppi 339 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 2.2 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 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

ports

USB support None 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 331 g 384 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 18 hour
Apple iPad mini 2
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