Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Fire HD 8.9"

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad Mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Mini

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Significantly lighter weight 312 g vs 567 g Around 45% lighter weight
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Noticeably quicker recharging 3.6 hours vs 5 hours Around 30% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution screen
Significantly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7.9" Around 15% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Mini  vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 

7.9
7.7

9.0
7.3

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad Mini  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1920 x 1200
Screen size 7.9" 8.9"
Pixel density 162 ppi 254 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 64 GB

connectivity

iPad Mini  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data 4G 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore iBookstore Kindle Store
Average NYT best sellers price $9.45 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 36 38
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 312 g 567 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad Mini
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
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