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.

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New iPad iPad Mini (Rumored) Kindle Fire (2011) Kindle Fire (2012) Kindle Fire HD (7-Inch) Kindle Fire HD (8.9-Inch) Galaxy Nexus 7
Operating System iOS 5/6 iOS 6 Custom Android 2.3 Gingerbread Unknown Android Build Custom Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Custom Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Display 9.7-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)
Processor 1GHz Dual-Core A5X 1GHz Dual-Core A5 1GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex A9 Unknown 1.2GHz OMAP TI4470 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.5GHz OMAP TI4470 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 8GB 8GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB/td>

8GB, 16GB
Camera(s) 5MP (rear) + VGA (front) Unknown None None 1.3MP (front) 1.3MP (front) 1.3MP (front)
Video Capture 1080p Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wireless UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE Unknown None None None HSDPA, LTE (only high-end model) None
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 None Unknown Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @ 5GHz 802.11b/g/n @ 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n @ 5GHz (dual-antenna) 802.11 b/g/n @ 5GHz (dual-antenna) 802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4GHz
Dimensions 9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches Unknown 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches Unknown Unknown Unknown (0.31 inches thin) 7.81 x 4.7 x 0.42 inches
Weight 653 grams Unknown 413 grams Unknown Unknown 566 grams 340 grams
Cheapest price $499 $299 $199 $159 $199 $299 $199