Head-to-Head: iPad Mini With Retina Vs. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Cams And Comms

Apple kept the same cameras as before. The face camera is a fixed-focus 1.2MP sensor, about the same as Kindle's (pictured). Apple provides a 5MP camera with 2.4f aperture, and a five-element autofocus lens is in the rear. Amazon offers an 8MP sensor with a 2.2f aperture lens, LED flash and image stabilization. Rear cameras of both can capture 1080p video, and front cameras both capture 720p video. Apple offers geotagging for photos and videos.

Both devices offer dual-band, dual-antenna MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional LTE with AT&T or Verizon. Apple adds Sprint and T-Mobile. Kindle supports the Miracast spec for wireless video streaming over Wi-Fi; Apple offers its own protocol. Neither offers NFC.

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