Both the iPad Mini 2 and Kindle Fire HDX are top of the line tablets, but there are some major differences between the two devices.
We’re going to start off with the software, which is one of the most notable differences between the two tablets. The iPad Mini 2 runs the latest version of iOS, iOS 7. iOS 7 is pretty much a major design overhaul of the previous version of iOS. But like the previous version of Apple’s operating system, the learning curb isn’t too steep and you should be able to catch on in no time. Now this isn’t a review, but there are some cool new features like control center which is similar to the pull down notification of the Kindle Fire HDX, and there’s also new multitasking.
The Kindle Fire HDX runs the latest version of Kindle Fire OS, Mojito, which believe it or not is actually based on Android. However, looking at the tablet you would’ve never guessed it. I’ve been using the HDX for a couple of weeks now and still can’t quite get used to the operating system. I find it a bit confusing and it definitely lacks the functionality of Android.
However, it isn’t all that bad. This new version of Kindle OS keeps the carousel which is a pretty convenient idea. It lets you swipe through all of your content and applications. Also, with this ultra fast processor I haven’t noticed any lag going through the silk browser or playing graphic intensive games.
There’s also this really cool new feature called mayday which allows you to get hands on support in only seconds on the HDX. You can connect with tech support any time of the day year long, it’s a really cool feature for those that just getting started.
Speaking of games and applications, the Amazon App Store isn’t anywhere near as polished as Google Play or Apple’s App Store, but it’s still getting there. What really bothered me was not having basic applications like gmail or YouTube. For some this may not be a huge deal, but most of the media consumption I do on my tablet is based off of YouTube. The operating system on the Kindle Fire HDX is something you’re going to want to strongly consider before purchasing because it’s going to be a real shock if you’re coming from an Android or iOS device.
The most obvious difference between the two tablets is the look and feel of them. The iPad Mini 2 is available in two different colors, space grey and silver. The build is really nice and like all Apple products the iPad Mini 2 feels and looks real premium.
Despite the extremely low price tag, the Kindle Fire HDX also is a real solid and well built tablet. The back has a reall nice matte rubber type feel that’s very similar to the back of the 2013 Nexus 7 and also the newly released Nexus 5. However, I still have some gripes with it. For some reason Amazon opted for a glossy finish around the side of the tabblet which looks a bit weird. Also, the device feels more square than rectangle so it’s practically impossible to use the tablet in one hand.
When it comes down to the actual size of the two tablets they’re actually quite different. The iPad Mini 2 is 200 mms tall and 135 mms wide while the Kindle Fire HDX is 186 mms in height and 128 mms in width. The HDX is significantly thicker than the iPad Mini 2 by 1.5 mms and it honestly is noticeable when trying to use the tablet in one hand. As far as the weight, they’re pretty similar with the iPad Mini 2 weighing 30 grams more than the HDX.
The iPad Mini 2 features a 7.9 inch display with the famous retina screen technology. All I can say is that it’s fantastic, but the screen on the Kindle Fire HDX is also superb. The screen is ultra crisp and high quality like the iPad Mini 2’s but side by side the iPad wins, but not by a lot.
The iPad Mini 2 can be purchased in two color variants, space grey and silver while the HDX is only purchasable in the standard black. Both tablets are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants with cellular models available. Something to consider with the Kindle Fire HDX is that you can purchase one with “special offers” for $15 less which puts ads on the lockscreen of the device. For fifteen dollars more I would go ad free, but it’s something to consider if you’re really on a low budget.
Now when it comes to a tablet or really any major purchase you make price is definitely going to be a factor. The iPad Mini 2 costs $399 for the base model while the Kindle Fire HDX costs $229 for the base ad model. To put the prices into perspective, you can purchase a 64GB LTE cellular Kindle Fire HDX for only $409 which is only nine bucks more than a base iPad Mini 2. So yeah, the iPad is definitely really expensive.
The battery on both tablets are really impressive. I was able to go days on both the HDX and iPad Mini 2, but I did notice the Kindle did do a better job with battery. Honestly, battery really shouldn’t be a major concern with either device because they’re both great. Also, for those that didn’t already know, expandable storage isn’t available on the Kindle Fire HDX or ipad Mini 2 and the back also aren’t removable.
Now both the iPad Mini with retina display and Kindle Fire HDX are extremely powerful. Despite the iPad Mini 2’s not too impressive specs, it is still real nice. It features the new A7 chip and has 1GB of ram. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HDX has an ultra powerful quadcore snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz and 2 gbs of ram. Both of these tablets have no problem navigating through its operating system and they are both a pleasure to use in terms of the fluidity and smoothness of each of them. I’ve tested each one out with high graphic intensive games and they perform very well. I’ll be honest I think the iPad Mini is a bit more fluid than the HDX, but that’s probably just because of the operating system.
Both the iPad Mini 2 and Kindle Fire HDX are fantastic tablets and they’re each great in their own ways. The iPad Mini is really hard to purchase simply because it’s so expensive, but if you’ve used an iPad Mini or an Android tablet it’s tough to use the Kindle Fire HDX’s operating system. If money wasn’t a factor then I would definitely go with the iPad Mini, but it’s definitely a trade off. Anyway, hopefully this video helped you all decide between these two great tablets.