Apple iPad Air vs. Kindle Fire HDX

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With a new design and faster processor, the iPad Air was in instant success. However, the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is not far behind. Amazon’s new Kindle offers a higher resolution screen and new features such as the Mayday button for immediate support all for $120 less than Apple’s iPad. But which tablet is a better overall value for what it can provide? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 weighs in at .89 pounds with an 8.9 inch display. This is much lighter and smaller than the iPad Air. Apple’s iPad weighs in at 1.05 pounds with a 9.7 inch display which gives the user a much bigger screen with very little weight difference. Both the iPad Air and the HDX 8.9 contain dual speakers. This offers great sound quality from both tablets. Amazon and Apple have both improved their game when it comes to new interfaces for their devices. Amazon’s HDX added many new features to its home screen. Although it still contains the somewhat childish carousel view containing recently opened apps, Amazon added a new Quick Switch feature from within apps to avoid going back to the home screen. Because the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was created primarily for reading, it contains a “Quiet Time” switch that allows dedicated readers to avoid interruptions from notifications. Apple’s iPad runs on iOS 7 out of the box. Interface iOS 7 offers a newer, brighter, and minimalist design than the previous iOS 6 interface. This includes an improved notification window, a quick settings control center menu, and improved

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