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Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs. iPad 5, mini 2 this month

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 is getting unboxing videos in the hundreds on YouTube in the very month Apple is about to launch their new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. These tablets will appeal to different users, but there will be some buyers trying to decide between the two over the next month. So, let’s take a look at what to expect for the new iPads and also a closer look at the Kindle Fire HDX 7.

First up we thought we would have a look at the video that discusses what we can expect from the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. With the iPad event taking place next Tuesday, it was obvious the likes of TechnoBuffalo would want to add their two cents worth.

First up is a discussion about the design of the iPad 5, which is a foregone conclusion that it will be similar in design to the mini design. We already showed you that the tablet being thinner will mean new cases and a Smart Cover would need to be released.

We like how TechnoBuffalo says you need to think of the iPad 5 as a larger iPad mini. As for iPad 5 specs, they suggest an A7 chip or even an A7x chip, which would no doubt support 64-bit graphics. However, one feature that we are not certain of is the Fingerprint Touch ID system.

The iPad 5 colors should be very different this year, and could be the same as the iPhone 5S. The cameras will more than likely be improved as well, but not by much.

As for the iPad mini 2; the Retina display is looking like a distinct possibility, which has been hinted in a recent third-party case design. This is because it will be thicker to accommodate the new display and a larger capacity battery. Touch ID will not come to the smaller tablet because it is certain to come with a processor one or two years behind the latest model, which would also mean it will not be 64-bit.

New features on the iPad mini 2 will be few and far between because this new model will be an incremental update. However, that is not an issue because the current model is good enough, just as long as we get that Retina display.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 release is perfect timing for the iPad mini 2.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 release is perfect timing for the iPad mini 2.

So how will the iPad mini 2 compare to the Kindle Fire HDX 7, which are similar in size, give or take an inch? While Apple’s new version of its smaller tablet is all guesswork, this is not the case for the HDX 7.

The tablet is now available and the second video offers an unboxing, which begins by pointing out its new design and a new box to match. It’s clear that one of the more impressive features is May Day, which allows you to take control of other devices.

It seems clear that the Kindle Fire HDX 7 goes up against the new Nexus 7 rather than its iOS counterpart. The video runs through all the specs, but we can’t help notice how better looking it is than the Nexus 7. Some of this is to accommodate those Dolby Surround Sound speakers, although we don’t expect them to sound as impressive as Amazon suggests.

Taking all this into consideration and the fact you might be open to platforms, will you go with the iPad mini 2 or the Kindle Fire HDX 7?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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