iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire and Others [Review]

So the rumors are true, there is an iPad Mini! Plus, Apple has released the 4th-gen iPad with plenty of new upgrades and powerful specs. Check out our rundown for what is bundled in Apple’s worst- and best-kept secret of the Oct 23 launch.

iPad Mini

With many other ‘mini’ tablets in the market, the iPad Mini would be the first iOS ‘mini’ tablet. It’s powered by the Apple A5 dual-core processors, the same processors that powered the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Essentially the mini version of an iPad, it boasts a resolution of 1024×768 on a 7.9-inch display, and weights in at 0.68 lbs. Other features include LTE network, FaceTime HD front side camera and 5MP iSight back camera, Lightning connector, and 10-hour battery life.

iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen)

The latest iPad version to grace the world now carries a powerful A6X chip to deliver twice the graphics performance (how else do you do retina?), at twice the speed. This 4th generation iPad packs one million more pixels than an HDTV and only weighs 1.5 lbs but (still) lasts up to 10 hours of battery life. Shoot videos in 1080p and enjoy a 720p view on FaceTime.

The New iPad
Nexus 7

Nexus 7 is Google’s first tablet that comes with a powerful NVIDIA 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor and equipped with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has a simplistic design with a micro USB port and a front camera for chat; because it has no back camera, sim tray and expandable memory slot it weighs only 340 grams. You’re able to watch HD videos on its 1280×800 resolution display and for $200, it is reasonably priced for a powerful tablet.

Nexus 7
Kindle Fire HD

When you hear Kindle, you think eReaders – but this isn’t the case with the Kindle Fire HD which works more like a dual-core Android tablet. It comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a micro USB and a micro HDMI port. Similar to the Nexus 7, it only has a front camera, and does not have a sim tray or expandable memory slot. It gets its apps not from Google Play but the Amazon Appstore.

Kindle Fire HD
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity

This tablet is a hybrid between a netbook and tablet as it comes with a 10.1 inch, 1920×1200 display and 1.5GHz dual-core for the 3G model or 1.6GHz quad-core on the WiFi only model. It comes with a keyboard/docking station that has a full sized USB port and SD card reader; there is a microSD slot on the tablet itself. It comes with an 8-megapixel back camera with LED flash and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity
ASUS Padfone 2

If you have heard of the Padfone, you know that it is a tablet powered by a smartphone – 2-in-1 design; the tablet only works when the phone is docked into the back. The phone has a quad-core processor with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 13-megapixel back camera. The tablet has a 10.1 inch display and can play HD videos with its 1280×800 resolution display. It also supports LTE and will be released at the end of 2012.

ASUS Padfone 2
Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface will be a powerful tablet to soon enter the market as the 32GB Surface RT can be pre-ordered for $499. The Surface Pro has more interesting specifications with 4GB RAM and a 3rd Generation Intel i5 with HD Graphics to support its 1920×1080 resolution 10.6 inch display. Both versions have a front and back 720p HD LifeCam and full sized USB port – USB3.0 on the Pro version. With its Windows 8 OS, microSDXC expansion slot and HDMI (RT) / Mini Display (Pro) outputs it’ll definitely be a fierce competitor.

Microsoft Surface

Tablets Tabulated

ipad mini

iPad Mini*

new ipad

iPad with Retina Display*

nexus 7

Nexus 7


Kindle Fire HD


ASUS Padfone 2


ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity


Surface PRO version


Surface RT

Manufacturer Apple Apple Asus Amazon ASUS ASUS Microsoft Microsoft
Price $329, 429, 529/ $459, 559, 659 $499, 599 699/ $629, 729,829 $199 $199 ~$820-$960 $499, $599 TBA $499, $699
OS iOS6 iOS6 4.1 Jelly Bean 4.0 ICS ICS / Jelly Bean 4.0 ICS Windows 8 Windows 8
App Store Apple App Store Apple App Store Google Play Amazon Appstore Google Play Google Play Windows Store Windows Store
Resolution 1024×768 2048×1536 1280×800 1280×800 1280×800 1920×1200 1920×1080 1366×768
PPI 163 264 216 216 ~150 224 ~208 ~148
Dimensions (mm) H200 x W134.7 x T7.2 H241.2 x W185.7 x T9.4 H198.5 x W120 x T10.45 H193 x W137 x T10.3 Unknown H180.8x W263 x T8.5 H173 x W274.5 x T13.5 H172 x W274.5 x T9.4
Weight 308g, 312g(LTE) 652g, 662g(LTE) 340g 395g 649g 598g 907g 680g
Display Size (inch) 7.9 9.7 7 7 10.1 10.1 10.6 10.6
Processor Apple A5 Dual Core Apple A6X Quad-Core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 Qualcomm quad-core APQ8064 SoC Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5Ghz (LTE) NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.6GHz (WIFI) 3rd Gen Intel i5 w/ HD graphics 4000 NVIDIA T30
RAM 512MB 1GB 1GB 752MB 2GB 1GB 4GB 2GB
Battery Life 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours 11 hours 16 hours 9.5 hours/14 hours with dock 8 hours 8 hours
Network Optional, LTE Optional, LTE LTE Optional, LTE TBC TBC
Storage (GB) 16, 32, 64 16, 32, 64 8, 16 16, 32 16, 32, 64 32, 64 64, 128 32, 64
Expandable Storage microSD microSDXC microSDXC
Input Ports Lightning Connector Lightning Connector Micro USB Micro USB, Micro HDMI Micro USB Micro HDMI, (USB, SD card with Dock) USB3.0, mini Display USB, HDMI
Back Camera 5-Megapixel iSight 5-megapixels 13-megapixels 8MP w/ LED Flash 720p HD LifeCam 720p HD LifeCam
Front Camera 1.2-Megapixel VGA 1.2-megapixels 1.3-megapixels 1.2-megapixels 2-megapixels 720p HD LifeCam 720p HD LifeCam