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Spec showdown: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch vs. Apple iPad (Retina)

kindle hd v ipad amazon android tablet apple ios tabletAmazon announced today two versions of its new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The first is a $300 Wi-Fi only version that comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. The second version includes 4G LTE connectivity, and costs $500 plus $50 per year for 250MB/month of data usage, as well as 20GB of cloud storage. But the real selling point for the both versions of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is its high-resolution display, which has nearly the pixel density as the third-generation iPad with Retina Display. Another perk is the Kindle Fire HD’s MIMO (multi-input/output) functionality, which Amazon claims will give the Kindle Fire HD 40 percent faster Wi-Fi than the iPad. Below, we’ve put all the specs of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the third-generation iPad head-to-head. Which one do you think is the better deal?

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch vs Apple iPad (Retina)

  Kindle Fire HD (8.9-inch) iPad (Retina)
Price  $300/$500 $500-$830
Thickness 8.8 mm 9.4 mm
Weight 567g 652g
OS  Android 4.0.3 (heavily modified) iOS 5
System Chip TI OMAP 4470 (with 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-9 (dual-core) CPU) Apple A5X (dual-core) SoC w/ quad-core graphics
RAM  1GB 1GB (unofficial)
Storage  16/32/64 GB 16/32/64 GB
Cloud storage  20GB free (4G only) 5GB free (all models)
Microphone  Yes Yes
Camera  “HD” (front); no rear 5MP + 1080p video (rear), VGA (front)
Max. battery Unknown 10 hrs, 9 hrs with 4G on
4G Yes ($500 model) 4G ($630 and up)
Data plan AT&T; $50/year = 250MB/month AT&T ($15/month = 250MB/month); Verizon ($20/month = 1GB/month)*
Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5 GHz dual-band (with MIMIO) 802.11a/b/g/n
Screen size  8.9 inches 9.7 inches
Resolution  1920 x 1200 2048 x 1536
Pixel density  254 PPI 264 PPI
HDMI  Yes No
Bluetooth  Yes Yes
Speakers Dolby Stereo Mono
App market Amazon iTunes App Store

*Cheapest plan options reflected