We knew that Apple were going to reduce the size of the 5th generation iPad, and also was going to make it slightly thinner, but we were not expecting it to be much. Just imagine how surprised we were when Apple showed its new full-size tablet off yesterday, and to add even more confusion to the many rumors building up to the event, the change in name.
The iPad Air is the lightest full-size tablet on the market, and also said to be the most powerful, but we have to wait to see some real-world tests before we can pass judgment. However, we can look at its features and specs to see how well it compares to other tablets.
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Having already compared the iPad Air to the 2013 Nexus 7, we thought it would be better to put it up against a larger tablet. This is where the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 comes in, as it a lot closer to the screen size of the iPad Air.
The specs and features will show the iPad Air first and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 second. The display is 9.7 inches with Retina with 2048-by-1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels compared to an 8.9-inch display with 2560×1600 resolution.
We then have an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and an M7 coprocessor for superb performance and graphics. This is compared to a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, which is said to be 3 times faster than the previous chip.
Each uses different camera technology, with the iPad Air making use of a 5-megapixel iSight camera to the rear and a 1.2-megapixel shooter at the front. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 720p HD camera at the front.
These are the main features that matter, but the difference is in the cost, as the iPad Air price starts at $499, whereas the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 price starts at $379.
If you are in a limbo as to which platform you would choose, then which tablet gets your money?