Apple iPad Mini vs Kindle Fire HD

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There are a bunch of tablets vying for your hard-earned cash this holiday season. There are some new tablets, familiar faces, and a whole lot to consider before making your purchase.  Let’s say you’ve narrowed it down to an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD. Which one should you go with?  The Apple iPad Mini or the Kindle Fire HD?

Reasons you should get the iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is a great product for anyone who already has some Apple products.  Chances are if you have an iPhone, Macbook Pro, or iMac, you’ll feel right at home with the Mini.  Many fans of Apple enjoy the harmony that exists between their products; the iPad Mini is no different.  Should you already have a number of Apple products in your inventory, getting the iPad Mini makes a lot of sense.  It also helps that it has some impressive features and a bevy of apps to choose from.


The iPad Mini is slightly larger than the Kindle Fire HD, but not noticeably so.  It’s extremely lightweight and can be easily carried around and held for a long period of time.  With up to 10 hours of battery life, this feature comes in handy.  The Mini sports a powerful A5 processors and fast browsing speeds, helping you get the most out of whatever task you’re doing.  The iPad Mini also comes in a wi-fi only or wi-fi + cellular model, whereas the Kindle Fire HD is wi-fi only.  Granted, the price tag on the iPad Mini is high for a smaller tablet, from $329 for the 16GB wi-fi only model, up to $649 for the 64GB, wi-fi + cellular model, but for many people this will be the preferred tablet this holiday season.

Reasons you should get the Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD is an excellent tablet, as well.  It’s got some impressive technical specifications that hold their own vs the iPad Mini, and at just $199 – $249 it’s the more economical purchase.  The Kindle Fire HD (which also comes in a 8.9″ model to rival the regular iPad), has a 7″ screen with 720P resolution.  There is also a front facing camera, which is useful since the device comes preloaded with Skype.


Amazon Prime is another good reason to consider the Kindle Fire HD this year.  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there is an assortment of movies and TV shows you can view on your Kindle Fire HD.  From

Prime Instant Video

Prime members also enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 25,000 popular movies and TV episodes such as Iron Man 2ThorRangoThe West WingGleeSpongeBob SquarePants, and Parks and Recreation.

Looking for Apps, too?  The Kindle Fire HD has access to some amazing apps, as well.  Whether it be your favorite Angry Birds game, or Netflix, HBOGO, or Facebook, the Kindle Fire HD has got you covered.

Final Decision

At the end of the day, deciding which tablet to pick up comes down to personal preference for you or the person you have in mind.  If you’re a fan of Apple products, you should probably pick up the iPad Mini, even if it means shelling out some extra cash.  If you’re not an Apple person, go with the Kindle Fire HD, or consider another tablet like the Surface or Nexus 7, both of which are also good options.  As always, price is something to consider, so if you’re looking to save a little loot but not sacrifice experience, the Kindle Fire HD isn’t a bad choice.

Which tablet will you buy this year?  Have you already picked up one of these devices, and if so what are your thoughts?

Robert Birmingham is Editor-in-chief at  


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