Kindle Fire HD or iPad Mini

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Sure the giant ad on the Amazon.com homepage showcasing Gizmodo’s quote and and the prize/pixel comparison side by side of the Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini may have grabbed your attention.

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The Kindle Fire HD does have a better resolution display compared to the iPad Mini and has better Wi-Fi reception allegedly.  One thing however that Amazon cannot argue with is the iTunes app store is vastly superior to the Amazon Android app store which in itself is tiny compared to the Google Play Android store.

Amazon also is a portal/platform for selling content, if you are a huge Amazon shopper and have a Prime account then the Kindle Fire is a great device.  Reading magazines, books, watching Amazon Prime video content or even Netflix is easy and fantastic.

The other player not mentioned however is the Google Nexus 7 which is the same price as the Kindle Fire HD and on much better hardware, but the Kindle Fire HD is a step above the Kindle Fire for sure.  If you tested all 3 tablets side by side though you will find the Kindle Fire HD is a little more sluggish than the iPad Mini, though more user friendly than the Google Nexus 7.

The choice is simple, breadth of content, speed, simplicity then the iPad Mini is your game, only you justify if it is worth the extra cost.

If you want customization, more applications, power at a slight cost of a more complex user interface (great power comes great responsibility) then the Google Nexus 7 is your best bet.

If you want an Amazon ecosystem with very simple interface, a ton of video/music content but don’t mind a bit less app/game choices then the Kindle Fire HD is your winner.

I would vote for the Google Nexus 7 myself but I would have no problem getting Kindle Fire HD devices for my kids to upgrade from their current Kindle Fires.

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-Justin Germino

Updated: October 29, 2012 — 10:24 am