Tablets 2012 KINDLE FIRE HD vs. original iPad mini - some thoughts

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by dagdagdag234, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. dagdagdag234 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    I don't get a chance to compare a lot of different tech, and except for my kindle paperwhite I own mostly apple stuff -- but a friend of mine gave me his old kindle fire HD 7" and it's been such an interesting experience comparing it to my original mini.

    It's hard to argue that the mini has a better screen, it just doesn't look nearly as sharp, but the widescreen form factor on the fire really makes this a device just to consume, really. It's cramped, a little claustrophobic. The mini feels kind of huge after using the fire.

    The fire's browser is choppy, the flow between screens is choppy, no multitasking, not a lot of great productivity apps, it's clear they just don't care about making the Fire a workstation of any kind.

    Yet I see purpose for it if you buy only amazon and you want to read books and stream movies. I don't even known if I would choose to write an email on the fire vs my iPhone 5.

    Is there anyone who finds the fire useable for work? Just curious.

    And to get a little dig in at apple it now seems obvious to me the original mini didn't have a better screen because it didn't NEED to in order to snag people who wanted a consumption device that was also capable of light work.

    I know I'm now commenting on year old tablets, but I figured there were others like me who are making choices about what devices to use that aren't the very latest.

    Any fire fans out there think I'm off base on my analysis? Just curious.
  2. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    The Kindle Fire HD is a nice tablet for the price. The only downfall is the awful UI skin that Amazon put on top of Android. As you mentioned it's laggy, it's slow, etc. It's possible to install CyanogenMod (stock Android) over the stock ROM but it's a fairly challenging task to do. I agree with your thoughts and opinions about the Kindle Fire.
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I don't multitask on any of my devices. Even on my computer, I'm usually stuck in one app these days.

    So for me, when I had a Kindle Fire, it wasn't an issue. I gave mine to my dad in the end, because I'd rather have an iPad, with the apps I REALLY want.
  4. i1280 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2012
    Thinking about getting this Kindle for my kids to use. Has anyone had any experiences with their kids using the tablets?
  5. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    I couldn't really find much use for my Kindle Fire HD outside of watching Netflix, reading, and, well, that's pretty much it. I picked up the Kindle HDX 8.9 and the web browsing is much better with the faster processor and higher definition screen, not to mention I got the larger version of the tablet.

    Still, 16:9/10 isn't ideal for web browsing but compared to the previous generation, it is a lot better. iPad still reigns though when it comes to content creation on a tablet. Composing an email is something I don't think I'd do anyway on a touch screen if I didn't have to. It just takes too long compared to typing on a keyboard.
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Kindle Fire HD will be $99 on Black Friday at Best Buy. More than worth it just for Amazon content alone.

    BTW, I tried the HDX 8.9 on display at BB. What the downfall with that tablet is presently? The price.
  7. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    I would highly recommend buying a nexus 7 2013 or if your budget is constrained try to find a used 2012 nexus 7. The amazon android fork leaves a lot to be desired.

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