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Amazon compares Kindle Fire HD to iPad mini, forgets some key specs

Amazon has a rather cheeky ad on its homepage right now comparing its Kindle Fire HD to the newly-unveiled iPad mini. The ad opens with, of all things, a Gizmodo quote. "...your [Apple's] 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than the competing 7-inch tablets! You're cramming a worse screen in there, charging more, and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy."

Nah, what's ballsy is drawing on quotes from Gizmodo in support of your product. If Apple discovered a cure for cancer, all Gizmodo would do is complain about the resulting population explosion.

What's not up for debate is the difference in pixel counts -- the Kindle Fire HD does indeed offer "much more for much less" -- but I'm willing to bet that a lot of people firing off support for this statistic are the same ones who claimed Retina Displays on Macs and iPads are "overkill" and all those extra pixels don't matter. "Ballsy" indeed.

Amazon's table doesn't tell the whole story, either, so I've decided to help them out.

kindle fire HDiPad mini
Decent Web browsing experienceNopeYep
Rear-facing cameraNopeYep
Available in 64 GB capacityNopeYep
Available with 3G/4G/LTENopeYep
Has 250,000 apps availableNopeYep

Movies and TV shows
available outside the USA and UK


Pay more to disable adsYepNope

"Much more for much less" doesn't quite ring true here. How about, "You get what you pay for" instead?


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