These two tablets come with tempting offers that might make it hard for one to choose between them. In this article we are taking a moment to look at both devices and see which is more deserving of your time and money. Both offer good qualities, but it’s more of a matter of which offers the right things for you. Let’s get into the comparison and get a better idea of what these two are made of.
Design and Display
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 measures 243.1 x 176.1 x 8 mm and weighs 510 grams. The Kindle Fire HD on the other hand measures 192 x 137 x 10.3 mm and weighs way less than the Galaxy Tab, 395 grams. This makes the Kindle Fire HD thicker but lighter than the Samsung device.
The Tab 3 comes with a TFT display that measures 10.1 inches and operates at a 1280 x 800 resolution. The pixel density for this handset is 149 ppi. The Kindle Fire HD comes with a smaller display of only 7 inches, but bears the IPS LCD technology and a bigger pixel density of 216 ppi. The resolution for the Kindle Fire HD is the same as the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 1280 x 800.
Hardware and Software
Thanks to GSM Arena we know that both devices are sporting dual core processing units, although not at the same clock speed. While the Galaxy Tab 3 features a clock speed of 1.6 GHz, the Kindle Fire HD remains a step behind and settle for a 1.2 GHz model. The chipsets used for these devices are the Intel Atom Z2560 for the Galaxy Tab, and the Cortex A9 for the Kindle Fire. As for GPUs, the Samsung and Amazon tablets feature the PowerVR SGX544MP2 and PowerVR SGX540 respectively. Both devices come with 1 GB of RAM to complete the specification list. The tablets offer the same internal storage variants of 16 and 32 GB.Google’s Android OS is running on both tablets, although with different versions. While the Kindle Fire HD is still on Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 uses Android Jelly Bean.
On the Samsung device we have dual band WiFi, GPS, Glonass, microSIM slot, LTE connectivity, stereo speakers with Dolby technology and microSD slot supporting up to 64 GB. Returning to connectivity, we have the HSDPA 42 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0, Infrared, microUSB 2.0 with USB Host and in the front we find the video camera mentioned above, with a resolution of 1.3 MP.
Specifications list end with accelerometer and compass, and with a battery of 6800 mAh (Li Polymer) while the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 had a 7000 mAh battery. It takes quite long to charge the battery even 5-6 hours, which is disappointing. More disappointing is that the battery indicator is playing tricks when charging and doesn't accurately show the battery level.
Users of tablets buy this type of devices mainly for their multimedia capabilities. Well, the Kindle Fire is not really addressed to these individuals. While music can be easily transferred from a PC, when it comes to videos we couldn't play on Fire an MP4 encoded in H.264, a standard file for Internet and mobile devices in recent years.
Music player is commonplace, sorting by artist or album, and the interface is simple and unimpressive. To provide faster access to control music from any app while music is playing in the notifications menu you can always found an entry that sends you directly to the player.
In the end, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 managed to prove itself superior through higher specs. This doesn’t mean that the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon isn’t a good device, just that the Galaxy Tab 3 is better in terms of performance. In fact, if you find yourself shopping on a budget, the Kindle Fire HD becomes the most viable solution.
On Amazon.com, the Tab 3 10.1 is about $360, while the Kindle Fire HD is available for under $100.