Kindle Fire HD, according to Amazon:
- Promoted as "The World's Most Advanced 7-Inch Tablet"
- 4 Stars on Amazon
- HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, 16GB or 32GB
- Price starts at $199 and goes up to $229
- Available with special offers from Amazon
- 1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
- Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
- World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for over 35% faster downloads and streaming
- High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
- Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
- Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
- Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
- Free unlimited cloud storage
- Kindle owners can choose from more than 270,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers
Apple iPad Mini, according to Apple:
- 9.7 Inches
- Price starts at $329 and goes up to $659
- 16, 32, or 64 GB
- 300,000 apps made for iPad
- 10 hours of battery life
- iSight camera that shoots and records HD video in full 1080p
- Front-facing HD camera that shoots 720p and makes video calls
- Advanced dual band wi-fi
- Apps, movies, music, tv shows from iTunes Store and App Store
- IOS6, "The World's Most Advanced Operating System"
- iCloud storage for content
- Apple Retail Store and phone support with real people
Amazon appears to have a better sales pitch, and I do like the idea of using Amazon Prime with the Kindle, but I also am very pleased with Apple products. Since I use iTunes to purchase apps, music, TV shows and movies, I am already a customer. I don't really watch TV anymore, so anything I do watch is downloaded or streamed. I feel more comfortable reaching out to Apple if I need technical support. I've heard that dealing with Amazon can be impossible. Amazon also doesn't care about making money on hardware, because it makes it's money on content that is consumable even using an iPad Mini--Amazon built a bunch of apps for it.
So, it looks like I'll be saving up for the iPad Mini.
Do you own either device? Which do you prefer? Leave a comment below!