Kindle Fire HD vs iPad

The Kindle Fire HD release date is broken into two waves. The 7-inch, 16 GB version will be launched Sept. 14. However, the 8.9 inch version will begin shipping on Nov.20th.

The iPad 3 has been available since March 16th. Although, many think the new iPad mini will be coming to fruition in the near future.

Operating systems/processor/memory:

KindleFireHDKindle Fire HD:

  • Operating system:

The Kindle Fire HD runs a modified version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That means that the Kindle Fire HD does not run on the latest Android OS as that would be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

  • Processor:

Its processor is by Texas Instruments. It is called the OMAP4 4470. It is a dual-core processor rated at 1.2 Ghz.

  • Memory:

Memory is currently unknown. However, it is likely to have at least 1.5GB.

ipad 3IPad 3:

  • Operating system:

The iPad 3 runs off Apple’s iOS version 5.1.1. This system runs other Apple devices such as the iPhone 4S.

  • Processor:

It has a dual-core processor. It is called the Apple A5x and it runs at 1GHz.

  • Memory:

The iPad 3 has 1024MB of DDR2 RAM.


The Kindle Fire HD’s resolution will depend on which version of the tablet is purchased. For example, the 7 inch display is 1280 x 800 resolution, yet the 8.9-inch display will boast 1920 x 1200 resolution. As an added bonus, Amazon claims glare will be greatly reduced on the Kindle Fire HD thanks to no “air gap” being present between the glass and the display.

The iPad 3’s Retina display screen is a resolution of 2048 x 1536 on a 9.7-inch screen. It offers 264 PPI, which makes it just slightly better than the Kindle Fire HD in this category.


This is perhaps the most important category when comparing two products. How much does it cost?

The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch sells for $199 and $249 for the 16GB and 32GB models.

The 8.9-inch, Wi-Fi only model offers several options: 16GB for $299, or the 32GB for $369. However the 4G models jump in price to $499 for a 32GB and $599 for a 64GB tablet.

The iPad 3 is considerably more expensive. For an Apple 4G tablet, expect to pay $629 for a 16GB, $729 for a 32GB and $829 for a 64GB model.


The Kindle Fire HD comes with a forward facing camera only. This is designed for video chatting. The camera is HD.

The iPad 3 possesses a camera in the front and back. It also is capable of capturing videos.


The Kindle Fire HD offers dual-band Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 Ghz and 5GHz signals. The 8.9-inch tablets offer the option of 4G service through AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The iPad 3 is available in Wi-Fi only or 3G/4G capable models. Users are able to purchase wireless service through multiple carriers.

Both the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad 3 offer users various pros and cons. They both are excellent choices when it comes to tablets. Based on the features a user desires, they will have to determine which tablet is best for them.