Tablet Showdown: iPad 4 vs. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ vs. Nexus 10

iPad 4 vs Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 10

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 which was unveiled at a media event in September to take on Apple’s full-sized iPad and Google Nexus 10 finally ships today.

For the first time since Apple launched the iPad, it is going to face stiff competition from bigger Android-based tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Google’s Nexus 10.

Amazon and Google have priced their tablets aggressively, the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available for only $299 and the 32GB model is available for only $369, whereas the 16GB Google Nexus 10 is available for $399 and the 32GB model for $499.

Apple seems to have preempted the move at least on the specs front by launching the 4th generation iPad, which comes with a faster 1.4 GHz A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, expanded 4G LTE support and the new Lightning port.

So how does Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Nexus 10 stack up against Apple’s iPad 4, which currently has more than 50% of the market share? Check out the comparison table below to find out.

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Do you think the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 10 will give Apple’s iPad a run for its money? or do you think despite the higher price, the 275,000 apps in the App Store designed specially for the iPad and the seamless experience due to Apple’s tight hardware and software integration still gives it the edge. Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Mozy

    I totally pick Apple’s iPad. iOS is one of the best mobile operating systems, and the A6X chip is amazing. Now all we need is a jailbreak to be completely satisfied.

  • Pacomacman

    Specifications when it comes to Android devices don’t tell the full story. It’s quite funny that the Nexus 7 was hailed for having great benchmarks due to the quad core processor yet the Nexus 10 has only a dual core CPU. Maybe Google have realised that more cores and higher overclocking doesn’t always make for a fast smooth experience! I own a Nexus 7 and at times the frame rates are awful despite ‘project butter’, what a joke!

    • jake

      The nexus 10 does use a different chip architecture than the 7. The tegra 3, nexus 7, uses an arm A9 chip architecture where as the exynos, nexus 10, uses an arm A15 chip architecture.

  • Shrivatsa Somany

    I love Samsung’s battery life numbers, totally ambiguous.

  • Que

    Why is the speaker mono?

    • JJ

      The clue is in the question.

  • korn

    wow nexus 10 totally rocks i will sell my ipad 3