Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 4 Review

Jasmina Lozevska March 14, 2013 0

Recently we’ve heard that tablets running Android OS are taking over the sales and the market share from their biggest competitor Apple’s iPad devices. Because of that we bring you the “Head to Head” battle for the latest devices from the both companies. Here’s Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 4.

Size and Weight

First, we’ll start with the first visible stuff. If we compare the sizes we can see that Kindle Fire HD has smaller in height but with less width and is a little bit larger in depth. The iPad 4, with its 241.3 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm is visibly bigger and has the perfect dimensions for tablet against the 193.04 x 137.16 x 10.16 mm dimensions of the Kindle Fire HD.


The Fire weighs 394.6 grams and is lighter than the iPad 4, which weights 653 grams. We’ll go with the Fire this time because tablets must be made as lighter as they could be. But it’s still heavier than other 7 inch tablets.


Comparing these two great tablets, we came to the first breaking point. The first big difference between these two is in the screen. The bigger screen size and resolution makes the iPad take big advantage ahead from the compared Kindle. With 2,048 x 1,536 pixels screen resolution and 9.7 inch screen size, iPad 4 makes the Kindle look like a little baby in front of the big brother. Kindle Fire HD has screen resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution on 7 inch screen size. Can you see the difference? And when you look at the perfect Retina display on the iPad, the screen is shiny, bright and clean. More than you eyes can see.



Another category of the two devices where the iPad is maintaining its lead over the Kindle Fire is the camera. With only front facing 1.3 megapixel quality camera this Kindle Fire can’t even try to compete with the front and rear camera of the iPad. The front one has 1.2 megapixels and the rear camera has 5 megapixels quality with additional autofocus, image stabilization and maximum video capture resolution of 1080p. This kind of stuff is not included in the Kindle fire.


Leading feature for the fourth generation iPad is the processor as well. Its Equipped with 1.4 dual core A6X processor which gives advantage over the compared 1.2 Dual core OMAP4 processor of the Kindle Fire HD. Both of them are speed demons and there is no application that will fully test them.


The RAM is the same. They share 1 GB of RAM each. On the other hand, the internal storage of the Kindle is 16 and 32 GB in comparison with the various 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB of the iPad.


Usually the tablet manufacturers try to maximize the battery life. Unfortunately there are no differences here. Both of the compared devices have ten hours of battery life.

Starting Price

There is a big difference here. The price of the iPad 4 is three times higher than the price of the Kindle Fire HD. So if you want to save some money Amazon will help you. This Kindle Fire HD is close to full size tablet and with that low price for this configuration really attracts the users.


Some people think that the iPad is overpriced. But I can assure you that it’s worth for every penny that you spend on this device. If you don’t want to agree with me, read the full list of specs and the comparison one more time and then try to see for yourself.

Pros and Cons

Pros and cons about the Kindle Fire HD:

  • Pros: good dual core processor, lots of RAM, HDMI connector for TV out, good price
  • Cons: No rear camera, no MicroSD for external storage, lacks GPS,

Pros and cons about the iPad 4th Generation:

  • Pros: Very fast Dual core processor, High Pixel density, lots of RAM, fast mobile data support, HDMI connector for TV out
  • Cons: Lack of Flash for the Rear camera, lack of micro SD slot for external storage.

You won’t regret if you chose to buy only one of the compared tablets. Both of them are the best of this caliber out there.

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