Categories: Kindle Fire HDX

This Kindle Fire HDX Review and Comparison to the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 consists of the following components

The Carousal Mode of the Kindle Fire HDX

10 Specs that are NOT critically different between the Kindle Fire HDX, iPad Mini and Nexus 7

10 Specs Not different between the 3 tablets

Two things about the table above

  • First, the above 10 specs are not the complete list of ‘non-critical’ specs. There are others like ‘sound quality’, 10:9 vs 4:3 aspect ratios of the display etc. etc. None of these are important to the point that it’ll influence your purchasing decision.
  • Secondly, there are a few potentially controversial ones on the above table. For example 2GB RAM is twice as much as 1GB RAM, quad-core is twice as much as dual-core, yet we say it’s not critically important. Sure, on a spec comparison sheet, the difference is ‘twice as much’, but most of us don’t use that much resources to feel the difference. Even when we do, like playing Asphalt 8, all three tablets are pretty smooth. May be there are difference a gamephile would feel, but not 90% of tablet users. Hope you get the message!

5 strengths of the Kindle Fire HDX over the iPad mini and/or Nexus 7

5 Strengths of the Kindle Fire HDX compared to the othersOver time, the savings will easily go beyond $200

$170 = savings on the device compared to the iPad Mini

$10.80 = average savings on 10 music albums (according to a study, Amazon albums are, on average, $1.08 cheaper than on iTunes)

$16.60 = average savings on 10 apps (according to a study, Amazon apps are, on average, $1.66 cheaper than iPad apps)

$197.40* = total savings without even considering savings from videos and ebooks. Movie rentals/purchases and ebooks are also cheaper on Amazon compared to the iTunes store. However, we couldn’t find exact $ values of savings on videos/ebooks from reliable sources, so we left out those 2 departments out of the equation. Even then, as you can see, the savings are pretty significant! The Amazon Prime membership, FREE daily app, Less than $1.99 Movie Rentals, Less than $5 Movie Purchases, FREE and $1 Movie Downloads etc. will further increase the savings over time


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    1. Amazon ImageUnparalleled display
      1. High Resolution – Beyond standard (1080p) HD
        • 1920 X 1200 pixels giving rise to 323 pixels per inch (ppi) (compared to 216 ppi of this model)
      2. Perfect Color Accuracy: 100% sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) for displaying vivid lifelike images and videos exactly as the photo/videographer intended
      3. Dynamic image contrast: the ambient light sensor senses the amount of light in your surroundings and automatically optimizes the color of each pixel making images and videos even easier to see in any lighting conditions, including outdoors. However, for SUPER SUNNY conditions we recommend this display.
      4. TRUE HD screen – the 1920 X 1200 display is a 16:10 (120X16 = 1920 : 120x10= 1200) display that is perfect for new 16:9 HD movies. In contrast, the new iPad Mini with Retina Display has a 4:3 display on which 16:9 HD content gets Letterboxed.
      5. Anti-glare screen – this has been accomplished by eliminating the air gap between the LCD screen and the touch sensor on top of it. Together with the “Dynamic Image Contrast” feature, the anti-glare screen helps counteract the bright sunlight when using it outside. However, if you want a 100% glare-free high-resolution display, this is what you want.Amazon Kindle Fire HDX vs Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 resolution pixel density Comparison

    2. Powerhouse tablet – faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, better gaming experience etc.
          1. 2 GB RAM: that’s twice as much as the 1GB RAM on the new iPad Mini
          2. 2.2 GHz quad-core processor: 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor is the most powerful processor to-date. The Kindle Fire HDX is the first 7″ tablet to clock 2 GHz. However, this Kindle Fire only has a 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor.
          3. Impressive GPU (graphics): this is thanks to the the Adreno 330 GPU. Provides console-quality graphics

      Here are the references that went into making the above table! Ref 1, Ref 2, Ref 3, Ref 4, Ref 5, Ref 6, Ref 7, Ref 8, Ref 9, Ref 10, Ref 11


    3. HUGE content ecosystem to feed your tablet

      Content is CHEAPEST on the Amazon Digital Store

      1. Music is cheaper on the Amazon store – according to this study, “Amazon offers a better album price than iTunes 77.5% of the time
      2. Videos are cheaper on Amazon compared to iTunes – another study concluded that “Amazon tends to offer less expensive movie rentals and purchases
      3. Apps are cheaper on Amazon – another study found that Amazon apps are cheaper than both iTunes and Google
      4. eBooks are cheaper on Amazon – yet another study found that the Kindle store was the cheapest for ebooks compared to iBooks, Google Play and Barnes and Noble
      5. We think the ICING ON THE CAKE, as far as the content eco-system goes, is the Amazon Prime Membership because you get;
        • Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
        • A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
        • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items (for non-members, shipping is free only if the goods are over $25. But for Prime members, shipping can be free even if the product is only $0.99)

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  1. Mayday – Revolutionary Tech Support
    • Another first for a tablet…. actually a first for ANYTHING!
    • No product is a good product without proper after-sales support
    • FREE Live tech support within 15 secs of requesting help
    • 24X7 365 day support
    • Are they being a little too ambitious by offering this service? Can Amazon manage this? If they do, this will revolutionize how tech support works for everything else!
    • Did we mention that it’s free?

  2. Amazon Image4G for 7″ Kindle Fire HDX
  3. Amazon ImageFire OS 3.0 “Mojito” – new operating system of the KF HDX
    • Based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
    • Many new features added such as
      • Carousal and Grid view – the previous versions only had the carousal on the homepage of the Kindle Fire HD, now you have the option of using a grid view as well
      • Quick Switch – go between multiple apps using a swipe gesture without having to navigate to the homepage
      • Printing support – print documents, photos, calendars, PDFs, emails etc. directly from your KF HDX
      • Second screen – with this feature, you can just fling movies, TV shows etc. from the HDX to a large-screen TV
      • Accessibility features – Screen Reader ( IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice), Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier
      • More Special features of Fire OS 3.0 Here
  4. Weight “loss” – 8.9″ HDX is the lightest tablet in this size range
    • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX: 10.7 oz (303 grams) for the WiFi only version and 11.0 oz (311 grams) for the 4G version
    • 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX: 13.2 oz (374 grams) for the WiFi only version and 13.5 oz (384 grams) for the 4G version. That’s 34% lighter than the previous generation 8.9″ Fire HD. That’s extremely light for a device of this size. A device that will be used for e-book reading needs to be light enough that you can hold it in one hand for a long time. This is the lightest weight tablet in the market for this size range.
  5. Battery life
      • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX:
        • 11 hours of mixed activity: e.g. mix of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, listening to music, playing games etc.
        • 17 hours of reading: when you’re using it for reading, the Fire HDX automatically powers down unused system components and extend the battery life

  6. The sounds
    • Dolby Digital Plus audio and virtual 5.1 multi-channel surround sound
    • Automatically optimizes the audio profile based on what you’re doing: e.g. watching movies, listening to audio, talking on Skype etc.
  7. Enterprise support for the business user Office Pro App
    • The previous version was mainly for content consumption. But with the HDX, the Kindle Fire has many features for the business user
    • VPN services
    • Kerberos authentication
    • Remote device management
    • Enterprise email with on-device encryption, threaded messaging support and label management
    • Direct printing from the HDX
    • Improved email, calendar, and document-editing apps
    • Take notes, scan documents, prepare invoices, and remote desktop from your tablet and many more…
  8. Cameras – 3 options
    1. No camera model: this is the $139 model why spend extra on a camera if you don’t need one?
    2. Front camera only: this model and this model
    3. Both Front and Rear (8MP) cameras: this model and this model. None of the 2012 models had a rear camera. I personally don’t have a use for the rear camera as I don’t intend on carrying a tablet computer for the purpose of taking photographs. I would imagine that most of us that own tablet computers own a smartphone with a decent rear camera making the rear camera of the tablet computer obsolete!
  9. Cheaper basic version – A KF to suit all budgets
  10. Videos are now Downloadable – watch later without Wi Fi
    Amazon Instant Videos
    • With the 2012 models, if you wanted to watch a movie from Amazon Prime, your only option was live streaming. You had to connect to the internet via built-in WiFi or via 4G LTE.
    • But with the Fire HDX models, you can simply download them to your Fire HDX while you’re connected to WiFi, then watch them later even if you’re not connected to the internet. e.g. like when you’re on a plane!
  11. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available
    • With the 2012 models, the only storage options were 16GB and 32GB
    • But with the Fire HDX models, there is an additional 64GB model – this is especially important now that the videos are downloadable!

    Kindle Fire HDX vs Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad Mini Price ComparisonWe recommend the 16 GB model because 8 GB fills up fast

  12. Ultra-fast Wi-Fi
    • Kindle Fire HD is the world’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi Fi.
    • Fast Wi-Fi means less video buffering, faster downloads, fewer dropped connections, faster media streaming and you’ll be able to go further from your wireless hotspot than with other tablets


What are you waiting for? Pick the Kindle Fire HD/HDX of your choice below

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 2 Versions Available
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Posted on Sep 29, 2013
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