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How the Kindle Fire HDX holds up against the tablet competition

How the Kindle Fire HDX holds up against the tablet competition

2/4/2014

In the current landscape of mobile and tech gadgets, the lines between devices have grown increasingly thin. E-readers started out as a relatively simple technology: the handheld, electronic equivalent of the traditional bound book. But with the rise of tablets, which are ideal for reading e-books as well as a great variety of other activities, e-readers have had to become more powerful to keep up with the competition. And meanwhile, laptop computers have turned increasingly tablet-like, with dual mouse pad and touch screen capabilities, as well as removable keyboards.

In many ways, it seems like the tablet has increasingly become the gadget of choice, since other tech devices are being modeled after the functionalities and specifications of slates. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that Amazon has redesigned the Kindle, which started out as an e-reader, into an extensive line of different devices, the most powerful of which are full-fledged tablets.

While Apple's new iPad Air and second-generation iPad Mini have claimed the lion's share of tablet press in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season, Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX slates are more than worth a look for those investing in a new mobile gadget.

Comparing the two versions of the HDX
​If you're considering a Kindle for your next tablet purchase, there two options when it comes to the HDX, and both of them warrant consideration. TopTenReviews noted that the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the priciest and most powerful of the Amazon slates, with a list price of $379 and the greatest number features in the Kindle lineup. It boasts the HDX display implied by its name, of course, as well as a camera on both sides and a sizeable 8.9-inch screen. Most notably, the HDX 8.9 has the highest resolution of any Kindle, with a pixel density of 2560 by 1600, or 339 pixels per square inch.

The Kindle Fire HDX, on the other hand, is considerably less expensive, but also smaller and less powerful, according to the source. Its 7-inch display comes with a 1920-by-1200 pixel density. It's also a bit lighter than its bigger brother, at 10.7 ounces in comparison with the HDX 8.9's 13.2, so the smaller tablet will be less of a burden in a book bag, purse or backpack. And with a $229 price tag, the price reduction may be worth the decrease in size and screen resolution.

Kindle vs. Google and Apple tablets
So, the Kindle Fire HDX and HDX 8.9 certainly offer attractive features - but how do they stack up against the more widely talked-about competition?

  1. Size and display
    The airwave-claiming iPad Air is larger than even the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, with a 9.7-inch display in comparison with the Amazon tablet's 8.9 inches. But Tablet X-Ray pointed out that with a pixel density of 2048 by 1536, the Air has a lower resolution than the HDX 8.9. Meanwhile, the Google Nexus 10 - the Android developer's new 10-inch slate - is right alongside the HDX 8.9 in terms of its 2560-by-1600 pixel density.
  2. Storage and processing power
    When it comes to storage, the Kindle Fire HDX and HDX 8.9 are level with the Google Nexus 7 and 10, boasting 2 gigabytes of RAM in comparison to the iPad Air's single gigabyte, according to Tablet X-Ray. And while the Air has a dual-core processor in comparison with the quad-core units of Google and Amazon's tablets, Apple's A7 chip is still one of the fastest and most powerful out there.

No matter what device you choose, one thing is for certain: You'll need to protect your tablet and its data, as the coverage options are often even more limited than those of mobile phone insurance. ProtectCELL's tablet protection plans offer security specifically designed for your new slate.

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