Apple unveiled the iPad Mini a few days back. The tablet has a 7.9 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels. The lower end version of the tablet, which is the 16 GB Wi Fi only model, costs you $329, that is easily $229 more than the pocket friendly Android tablets, Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.
In fact, after the Cupertino tech giant announced the iPad Mini, Amazon has reported that it has sold the maximum numbers of Kindle Fire HDs. This clearly shows that the iPad Mini is not a budget friendly tablet. The Kindle Fire HD has a lot to offer for the price you pay. Let’s have a look at the features.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has a 7 inch IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which is good enough for a 7 inch display which cost just around $200. The display has a pixel density of around 216 pixels per inch. And of course, the touch screen supports multi touch, up to 10 fingers.
The Kindle Fire HD comes in two varieties, one is the 16 GB version, and the other is the 32 GB version. You can have any of these according to your needs. But this is the maximum you can get, because the budget tablet does not feature an external microSD card slot, thereby not giving you the option to expand the memory.
The tablet also offers 1 GB of RAM, which is good enough. Also, if you love music, and want to fill the memory on your device with some really good music, you are going to enjoy listening to music on this tablet, as it features Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement.
The tablet is rich with connectivity options. It has no EDGE or 3G, as there is no SIM card slot in the tablet. But it has Wi Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band, which will work with just any kind of Wi Fi network you can find. There is also a Bluetooth module present on board, which support the A2DP profile. So wireless music streaming to your Bluetooth headphones is possible. For PC connectivity, the tablet offers a USB v2.0 port.
OS and Processor
The Kindle Fire HD runs on a 1.2 GHz dual core Cortex A9 based TI OMAP 4460 processor. And for graphics processing, the tablet has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU under the hood. Also, the tablet runs the most popular Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. But of course, the operating system is highly customized by Amazon to suit its needs, and has removed very important apps from ICS, including Google’s Play Store.
But don’t be under the impression that you will not be able to download or buy any apps on your Kindle Fire HD. Amazon has given its own Amazon Appstore, which basically has the same apps as the Play Store, but not all of them. You can still get all the popular apps from the Play Store, in the Amazon Appstore.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD features very good battery life. The company promises up to 11 hours of battery backup with moderate usage. Since the battery is non removable, you cannot change the battery if it wears out after a few years.
The Kindle Fire HD and even the first generation Kindle Fire have a lot of accessories from different manufacturers. You can get accessories ranging fromKindle Fire HD cover to Bluetooth headsets and desktop docks, and others. It is true that the iPad Mini will also get a lot of accessories in a few weeks, the Kindle Fire HD already has a rich collection of accessories.
Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is way better than the iPad Mini, if you are looking for value for money. If you want the pride of having paid more money for the white Apple logo and less features on a device, you can welcome to buy the iPad Mini. But for a lot less money, you have a feature rich device, and the ability to make it work the way you want.