Spec-By-Spec Comparison: iPad vs. iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire vs. Kindle Fire HD

Spec-By-Spec Comparison: iPad vs. iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire vs. Kindle Fire HD

At today’s Amazon event, Jeff Bezos dropped some whoppers on the industry: not only an upgraded Kindle Fire, but the Kindle Fire HD, a mother of a tablet that has a Retina-caliber display, serious horsepower, and a super low price starting at just $199 for the 7-inch model, $299 for the 8.9-inch model and $499 for a 32GB 8.9-inch model with LTE. Without a doubt, it’s clear Amazon is gunning for the iPad and the upcoming iPad mini, but how do the new Kindle Fires really stack up?

Below, you’ll find a chart comparing the third-gen iPad, rumored iPad mini, Kindle Fires and (just for comparison’s sake) the Galaxy Nexus 7, spec-by-spec. Please be aware that this chart is still in flux, and is based in the case of the iPad mini on rumors, and in the case of the new Kindle Fires on incomplete information which we have supplemented with reasonable speculation. We will be updating the chart as we get new information about the exact specs of Amazon’s new Kindle Fires, but for right now, we think this is a good resource in how all of these tablets compare against one another.

Please scroll the table left and right to see all of its contents.

New iPadiPad Mini (Rumored)Kindle Fire (2011)Kindle Fire (2012)Kindle Fire HD (7-Inch)Kindle Fire HD (8.9-Inch)Galaxy Nexus 7
Operating SystemiOS 5/6iOS 6Custom Android 2.3 GingerbreadUnknown Android BuildCustom Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichCustom Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Display9.7-inch Retina (2048×1536)7.85-inch IPS LCD (1024 x 768)7-Inch Display (1024 x 600)7-Inch Display (Unknown)7-Inch IPS Display (1280 x 800)8.9-Inch IPS Display (1920 x 1200)7-inch IPS-backlit LCD (1280 x 800)
Processor1GHz Dual-Core A5X1GHz Dual-Core A51GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex A9Unknown 1.2GHz OMAP TI4470 dual-core ARM Cortex A91.5GHz OMAP TI4470 dual-core ARM Cortex A91.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9
RAM1GB512MB1GB2GB2GB2GB1GB
Storage16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB8GB8GB8GB, 16GB, 32GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB/td>

8GB, 16GB
Camera(s)5MP (rear) + VGA (front)UnknownNoneNone1.3MP (front)1.3MP (front)1.3MP (front)
Video Capture1080pUnknownN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
WirelessUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEUnknownNoneNoneNoneHSDPA, LTE (only high-end model)None
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0NoneUnknownBluetoothBluetoothBluetooth 3.0
Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n @ 5GHz802.11b/g/n @ 5GHz802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz802.11 b/g/n @ 5GHz (dual-antenna)802.11 b/g/n @ 5GHz (dual-antenna)802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz
Dimensions9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inchesUnknown7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inchesUnknownUnknownUnknown (0.31 inches thin)7.81 x 4.7 x 0.42 inches
Weight653 gramsUnknown413 gramsUnknownUnknown566 grams340 grams
Cheapest price$499$299$199$159$199$299$199
  • TheSuperSteve

    Guys. Google’s tablet is called the “Nexus 7″. There is no “Galaxy” anywhere in the name. It was made by Asus, not Samsung. Goggle Play calls it the “Asus Nexus 7″ if you want a longer name. I know you guys don’t really care as this is an Apple blog, but I think its important to get facts straight when reporting information to the public.

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  • Tkf530

    The new iPad has 1GB of RAM.

  • Andres Gonzalez

    iPad3 wins obviously

  • mr_bee

    This is kind of a waste of time isn’t it? It’s all guesswork. There haven’t been any rumoured rices for the iPad mini at all for instance yet you put it in at $299 (rather high I’d say), as if you actually knew when of course you don’t at all. Quite beyond guesswork actually.

  • ddevito

    What’s a Galaxy Nexus 7?

    You apple fanboys sure are funny sometimes

  • ddevito

    iPad3 wins obviously

    Nexus 7 beats it by a nose

  • ddevito

    Nexus 7 = best. tablet. ever.

    Why do you think Apple is copying Google?

  • Aaron

    You should include the screen area in in^2 and cm^2.

  • RaptorOO7

    I appreciate the style of writing and information provided here especially the comparison charts, but, there is next to no information known about the mini iPad at all beyond the rumored screen size. We in fact do not know the cheapest price, processor, memory, if it will have BT4.0 (very likely, but not definite) so the comparison chart really doesn’t help much.

    We also do not know if Apple is going to offer the mini iPad with different storage sizes, they may in fact try to keep it 16/32GB max to minimize sku’s and price point. After all when you start getting to 3G or 4G LTE and 64GB on an mini pad you might as well get the full blown device.

  • Tallest_Skil

    That’s nice. Compare hardware to hardware that doesn’t exist, we know nothing about, and may never exist.

    COME ON.

  • bfizzzle

    awesome another comparison comparing a product that isnt even confirmed.. so we have no idea what it really has..

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry
    iPad3 wins obviously

    Nexus 7 beats it by a nose

    News flash: a tablet isn’t only about the CPU. The iPad is better than the Nexus 7 in every other way other than CPU. And the rumored iPad mini is also better than the Nexus 7 aside from CPU and display resolution.

  • mwaqar23

    these specs are not correct.

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