Kindle Fire HD Vs. iPad Mini: Why to Pick up Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD over the iPad Mini?
With the iPad Mini, Apple enters into an established market segment with its own class-leading competitors. Undoubtedly, this is an uncomfortable place for the Cupertino-based company, especially considering that the iPhone and iPad brought a new, compelling experience when they were released.
In contrast, the new 7.9-inch iPad will have to face off with competition that includes Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, the successor to the online retailer’s tablet, which took the tablet market by storm by providing decent performance for a bargain-basement price.
Amazon still runs away with the price advantage over Apple in this market segment. The cheapest Kindle Fire – a minor refresh over the original model – starts at $159, or less than half the $329 price of the iPad Mini. Of course, this is built on less-desirable hardware than the $199 Kindle Fire HD, which packs 1280 x 800 pixels in its 7-inch display panel, while bringing a substantially superior chipset to the table. Even the WiFi-only version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is $30 cheaper than the entry-level iPad Mini.
A Kindle Fire also makes plenty of sense if you absolutely need to have a tablet right now. While luckier consumers may have their iPad Minis on their doorsteps right on the November 2 launch date, many other buyers have reported that the shipping dates have slipped to two weeks after the original launch. Amazon has no such problem, since most models of the Kindle Fire HD are already available to purchase.
The final key reason to purchase a Kindle Fire HD is if a buyer is already deep into Amazon’s content ecosystem. The online retailer’s custom overlay on Android comes with a number of options for multimedia consumption, and long-time Amazon clients could find it easier to tie into the company’s offerings.