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iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HDX vs. Nvidia Shield – Apple Tablets War Against Everyone

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If you’re looking to buy a great tablet as your companion, then you will like today’s comparison between the three top smaller tablets on the market: the Nvidia Shield Tablet, Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Let’s look at what these devices have to offer.

Display

The Nvidia Shield Tablet comes with the largest display of the three, measuring 8 inches. This display can render a pixel resolution of 1920×1200, making the pixel density of 283 pixels per inch. A small issue was noticed with this tablet however, people saying that the colors are a bit off, but that doesn’t mean the image quality is obliviated.

Apple’s tablet, the iPad Mini, is equipped with a 7.9 inches display that can render a pixel resolution of 2048×1536, which is better than its counterparts. The pixel density is impressive too, at 326 ppi.

Let’s go on to Amazon’s device, that packs the smallest display out of the three: the 7 inch LCD screen has a pixel resolution of 1920×1200, same as the Shield Tablet, and shows off a 323 pixels per inch pixel density.

Processor

In the processor department, we have to admit that it’s pretty hard to compare the three tablets, seeing how they all come with such different technology. But we’re going to list here what each device packs and you can decide on your own which one suits your needs the best.

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is said to be a device which its only purpose was to show off what the company’s somewhat new processor can do for a great user experience. The processor we’re talking about is the Nvidia Tegra K1 one, the 32-bit version being backed up by 2 GB of RAM. The newer processor they have on the market, the Tegra X1 hasn’t yet been seen on a tablet.

The iPad Mini shows off a dual-core processor with Apple’s A7 chip, 64-bit version. The device is also equipped with a very good GPU model: PowerVR G6430.

As for the Kindle Fire HDX, we’re seeing a Snapdragon 800 chipset that will be good enough for the device to have high speed performance, but the chipset is quite an old model and some improvements would have been nice in this department. It is backed up by 2 GB of RAM.

Internal Memory

All of them offer different storage choices.

Apple’s iPad Mini: 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX: 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB

Nvidia’s Shield Tablet:  16 GB and 32 GB (microSD card slot)

Software

Let’s start out with Amazon’s tablet. The Kindle Fire HDX runs a modified version of Android in which Amazon included all of its own features as cloud storage via Amazon and the option of connecting the tablet to any of the Fire TV devices to share screens. Another thing we want to add here is that Amazon has its own App Store that hasn’t been that greatly embraced by the public. The store does have an impressive number of apps available, but the newest or ‘trending’ applications won’t be available when they’re in vogue.

Next we have the Shield Tablet that also holds Android as an operating system, this one being the clean Google version. This means that you will have Google Play Store on your gadget, store that is extremely popular.

Apple’s iPad Mini is running on iOS 8, but we’re sure that the company will update the tablet to run on iOS 9.

Price

First we have the Nvidia Shield Tablet that starts retailing at 299 US dollars for the 16 GB version. If you want to opt for the 32 GB version, you will pay an extra 100 dollars that will include LTE connectivity as well.

Apple’s iPad Mini is, as you’d expect, the pricier tablet out of the three, the 16 GB version of the gadget being priced at 399 US dollars. For a storage boost (to 64 GB or 128 GB) you will pay either 100 or 200 more dollars.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX is the cheapest out of the bunch, the tablet with 16 GB of internal memory retailing at 179 US dollars. For a storage boost it’s only 20 dollars each boost. However, we have to add that the 179 dollars version will come with ads, and removing them will cost an extra 15 dollars.