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Latest offering from the Amazon’s stable – Kindle Fire HDX has made the choice of finding a right tablet for yourself even more difficult. If I remember, just on Tuesday the tech giant, Apple announced its newest full-sized tablet, the iPad Air at Apple Event. The announcement was made by Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. He claimed the tablet to be the “world’s lightest full-size tablet”.
Apple’s happiness was short lived as its competitor, Amazon rolled out Kindle Fire HDX. The company on its homepage displayed a new banner ad proclaiming the Kindle Fire HDX was “lighter than Air, thereby falsifying claims made by Apple.
iPad Air as per specifications revealed, weighed 1 pound. Kindle Fire HDX managed to shed some extra pounds by keeping the weight to 0.82 pounds, some pound lighter than iPad Air. That was it! Leaving price, on other fronts, iPad managed to beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX.
A quick rundown, the Kindle Fire HDX (larger model) screen is 8.9 inches, a bit smaller in comparison to iPad Air’s 9.7-inches Retina display.
The construction of the two devices is also different. The iPads, if you know is built with an aluminium body to preserve Apple’s premium design philosophy, while the Kindle Fire HDX model boasts cheap plastic body.
Second, Kindle Fire HDX runs on quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with the Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. While the iPad Air features Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion co-processor. While, in theory four cores are invariably better than two, Apple’s proprietary chip has time and again proven to all that it can outperform most dual-core processors.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX runs on Amazon’s own Fire OS 3.0 mobile operating system based on Android, whereas Apple iPad Air runs on the latest iOS 7 operating system developed by Apple itself.
Price, this is the only place where Apple loses its ground. The iPad Air, available November 1 onwards, costs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version & $629 for the cellular version. The Kindle HDX 8.9, available November 7, starts at $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version or $479 for the cellular version.
If you are good at calculations, you can make out the starting price for the Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire HDX is $120 cheaper than the iPad Air, while the 4G LTE-supported version of the Kindle Fire HDX is $150 cheaper than the iPad Air. Which one would you prefer? Let us know them in the comments section below.