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August 9, 2019

Amazon Fire HD vs Apple iPad: Side-by-Side Comparison

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  • No significant advantages
CONS
  • No significant cons
PROS
  • Significantly less expensive than Apple iPad. Best price after discounts is currently $31.00 (view deals) compared to $129.99 for Apple iPad (view deals).
  • Significantly better display performance than Apple iPad
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  • No significant cons
Apple iPad vs. Amazon Fire HD: Side-by-Side Comparison
Winner
Apple iPad
Criteria
Amazon Fire HD
Winner
4.8
Overall Score
Overall Score
5.0
Overall Score
5.0 stars – View deals >
Pricing
5.0 stars – View deals >
5.0 stars – 1 review
Max Storage Capacity
5.0 stars – 1 review
3.0 stars – 1 review
Display Performance
5.0 stars – 1 review
5.0 stars – 1 review
Battery Performance
5.0 stars – 1 review
Apple iPad
$304.73 $129.99
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Amazon Fire HD
$101.32 $31.00
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Apple iPad vs. Amazon Fire HD: Comparison Details

Best Max Storage Capacity – Tie
5.0 stars

Based on reviews posted on popular review sites as well as from Apple iPad's website, Apple iPad performs very well in terms of max storage capacity relative to other tablet stores.

The review site laptopmag.com gives Apple iPad excellent ratings for max storage capacity in a review posted on its website. Here's a brief quote from this review:

The 2018 iPad starts at $329 and includes 32GB of storage, an ammount we wish Apple would double for more space for apps and photos. Right now, though, you can save $80 on the iPad, which is down to $249, the lowest price we've ever seen it, tied with its Black Friday weekend rate.

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Last reviewed July 18, 2019. Read all 2 storage capacity reviews.

5.0 stars

Based on reviews posted on popular review sites as well as from Amazon Fire HD's website, Amazon Fire HD performs very well in terms of max storage capacity relative to other tablet stores.

The review site cnet.com gives Amazon Fire HD excellent ratings for max storage capacity in a review posted on its website. Here's a brief quote from this review:

The "all-new" Fire HD 8 tablet for 2018 is much more of a refresh than a major upgrade. Available in the same colors and chassis as the previous model, the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 adds a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video, support for up to 400GB additional storage via its microSD slot and hands-free Alexa support even when your screen is in standby mode. It starts at the same cost as the last HD 8: $80 (£80) for the 16GB with built-in "special offer" ads, which you can buy out at any time for a flat $15 fee.

The review site trustedreviews.com gives Amazon Fire HD excellent ratings for max storage capacity in a review posted on its website. Specifically, this reviewer pointed out the following:

Despite its price, there are areas where the Fire HD 8 impresses. For example, it includes 16GB storage and there’s a 32GB model available, too. This was ample to allow for me to install a handful of data-greedy games; many sub-£150 tablets provide only 8GB. The Fire HD 8 also has a microSD slot on the side and supports card up to 400GB, an important extra if you want to load up some movies for a long plane journey.

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Last reviewed July 15, 2019. Read all 3 storage capacity reviews.

Apple iPad
$304.73 $129.99
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Amazon Fire HD
$101.32 $31.00
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Best Display Performance – Winner: Amazon Fire HD
3.0 stars

Based on ratings published by trusted online review sites as well as information from Apple iPad's website, Apple iPad performs average to better than average in terms of display performance compared to other tablet stores.

Based on a review posted on laptopmag.com, Apple iPad was rated as fairly average for display performance relative to competing tablet stores. Check out the entire review here. From this review:

The 9.7-inch display on the iPad packs 2048 x 1536 pixels, so it's plenty sharp for watching movies, playing games and working on reports. It's also bright and colorful; as I watched the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War on this panel, I could make out individual wisps of the Scarlet Witch's red hair dappled in sunlight, and the details of her leather jacket didn't get lost in the shadows.

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Last reviewed July 18, 2019. Read all 2 display quality reviews.

5.0 stars

Based on ratings published by trusted online review sites as well as information from Amazon Fire HD's website, Amazon Fire HD performs average to better than average in terms of display performance compared to other tablet stores.

Based on a review posted on pcmag.com, Amazon Fire HD was rated as fairly average for display performance relative to competing tablet stores. Check out the entire review here. Specifically, this reviewer pointed out the following:

The Fire HD 10 fulfills Amazon's simple plan for its tablets: Like other Fires, it's an inexpensive ($149.99 with lock screen ads) way to consume your Amazon content. At first glance, it doesn't appear to be the barn-burning deal that the Fire HD 8 is, but it still offers plenty of bang for your buck. You get a sharp 1080p display, solid overall performance, and an easy-to-use UI that includes parental controls and Alexa voice assistant integration. The Fire HD 10 is simply the best 10-inch tablet for the price, earning it our Editors' Choice.

Based on a review posted on cnet.com, Amazon Fire HD was rated as fairly average for display performance relative to competing tablet stores. Check out the entire review here. Specifically, this reviewer pointed out the following:

Display isn't as sharp as the iPad's; to truly take advantage of what the tablet has to offer, you need an Amazon Prime membership; slow charging (takes 6 hours to fully cap battery).

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Last reviewed July 18, 2019. Read all 3 display quality reviews.

Apple iPad
$304.73 $129.99
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Amazon Fire HD
$101.32 $31.00
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Best Battery Performance – Tie
5.0 stars

Based on reviews posted on popular review sites as well as from Apple iPad's website, Apple iPad performs very well in terms of battery performance relative to other tablet stores.

The review site laptopmag.com gives Apple iPad excellent ratings for battery performance in a review posted on its website. Here's a brief quote from this review:

Apple rates the iPad for 10 hours of battery life, and it lived up to that claim in our testing. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi on 150 nits of screen brightness, the iPad lasted 10 hours and 7 minutes for our first run. We will be running the test again and will update this review.

The review site engadget.com gives Apple iPad excellent ratings for battery performance in a review posted on its website. From this review:

The iPad Air handled all of that easily, and I was also able to do plenty of "real work" with it as well (I wrote this whole review on the Air). As with all other iPads, battery life was excellent -- I got more than 11 hours of screen-on time before needing to charge. And it'll run forthcoming iOS releases for years to come. Chances are good it'll get more capable as Apple continues to refine the software experience.

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Last reviewed July 18, 2019. Read all 2 battery life reviews.

5.0 stars

Based on reviews posted on popular review sites as well as from Amazon Fire HD's website, Amazon Fire HD performs very well in terms of battery performance relative to other tablet stores.

One reviewer on cnet.com said Amazon Fire HD performs well on battery performance relative to its peers. You can read the full review here. Specifically, this reviewer pointed out the following:

The only downgrade I noticed in the specs is that battery life has decreased by 2 hours. It was rated at 12 hours for "mixed use" in the previous model. Now it's rated at around 10 hours. "[The] Fire HD 8 includes always-ready, hands-free Alexa, which impacts battery usage," an Amazon spokesperson explained to CNET. "There are hardware capabilities that help manage battery impact, but Alexa hands-free is also an optional feature. If you choose to turn it off, you may gain about 2 hours of battery life. You can still access Alexa by pushing the Home button."

The review site pcmag.com gives Amazon Fire HD excellent ratings for battery performance in a review posted on its website. From this review:

Battery life is solid. When streaming full-screen video over Wi-Fi at maximum brightness, the tablet clocked 6 hours, 14 minutes. That's a couple of hours short of the Tab 4 10 (8 hours, 11 minutes), but over an hour longer than the HD 8 (4 hours, 42 minutes). It should be enough juice to keep kids entertained during a long car ride, and you can always supplement it with a portable charger. Enabling Low Power mode and Automatic Smart Suspend helps extend runtime by tamping down screen brightness and turning off wireless connectivity when it's not in use.

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Last reviewed July 18, 2019. Read all 3 battery life reviews.

Apple iPad
$304.73 $129.99
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Amazon Fire HD
$101.32 $31.00
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