BY | November 21, 2012

If you are looking forward to buying small tablet this holiday season you have two great choices in Apple iPad Mini vs Kindle Fire HD 7

Do you wish to gift a small screen tablet PC to your beloved one in the year-end vacation? There are many models in market for you to choose from. Here we talk about two well-known options; Apple iPad Mini and Amazon’s revamped Kindle Fire HD 7. Apple has launched a small iPad to establish its presence in the small tablet segment. Amazon, at the same time, has upgraded its low-cost Kindle Fire with a HD model and it now gives tough competition to iPad Mini. Here is our specs smackdown.

Software: The small iPad runs on iOS 6. It is the latest update to the mobile firmware from Apple and it comes with the new iPhone 5 and iPad 4 out of the box. The revamped Kindle Fire HD is to set to run on a highly skinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Screen: Both the devices fall in the 7-inch tablet segment. Apple has integrated a 7.9-inch display – just reverse to its mainstream iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. It is an LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels at 162-ppi. Remember, it is not a Retina display. Kindle Fire HD is up with a 7-inch IPS TFT display that packs a niece resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels at 216-ppi.

Processor: Inside iPad Mini, you have a dual core 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU with Apple’s A5 chip. The device further gets its power from 512MB of RAM and PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphical processing unit. Amazon has used a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX540 for better performance.

Storage: Similar to its high-end model, you can buy iPad Mini in three memory variants; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is when Amazon sells new Kindle Fire HD in expanded 16GB and 32GB options. Both the tablets don’t have microSD slots that would let users expand the storage using internal memory sticks.

Camera: The tiny iPad mounds a 5MP autofocus rear camera with the advanced features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording. You have a 1.2MP 720p front camera with face detection on the mini tablet. The second generation Kindle Fire has got a camera. It is a 1.3MP 1280 x 1024-pixel for video chatting. The first version Kindle Fire was largely blamed for lacking both cameras.

Connectivity: The new iPad comes in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/4G combo models. The combo version offers GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB as connectivity options. The new Kindle Fire has only a Wi-Fi version that features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth and USB 2.0. Yes, Bluetooth has also appeared on a Kindle Fire for the first time.

Price: Apple has priced iPad Mini higher. The 16GB base model of the tablet comes for $329. The 32GB and 64GB respectively come for $429 and $529. In fact, there is nothing revolutionary in the pricing of the tab. Apple’s typical style of product pricing will not bring much good for the mini iPad, because all its competitors are low-priced products.

See, for example, Kindle Fire HD’s starting price is just at $199. It is the same price Amazon sold is first generation Kindle Fire and made it a super hit product in tablet market. Google’s Nexus 7 also starts at $199. As per analysts, iPad Mini will have to run for its money with such a big pricing.

Conclusion
If you are out to buy a small tablet in this vacation season what looks the best pick is Kindle Fire HD. The device has a high clarity display, better connectivity options and a front camera for video chatting. The new Android version is also there. With all these stuffs, you can get the device for just $199. Apple’s mini iPad misses many expected features like a Retina display, quad core CPU and better RAM, but it is still priced higher.

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