The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ will be shipping later this week. The device will be going head to head against the iPad Mini 2, iPad Air, and other new tablets. It is no secret that the iPad Air has a beautiful design and display. But it seems the new Kindle has it beat. Here is what DisplayMate had to say about this:
Most impressive of all is the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, which has leapfrogged into the best performing Tablet display that we have ever tested, significantly out-performing the iPad Air in Brightness, Screen Reflectance, and high ambient light contrast, plus a first place finish in the very challenging category of Absolute Color Accuracy…
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and iPad Air both have impressive display hardware and impressive factory calibration. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has high performance Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS LCDs and the iPad Air high performance IGZO Metal Oxide LCDs, significantly better than the a-Si amorphous Silicon LCDs being used in most current displays.
Both these devices received an A but the Kindle Fire HDX received a higher score. Of course, display is not everything. The Kindle ecosystem is very impressive but lacks apps that many Android users can get on Google Play. There are hacks for that though. Regardless of this test, Apple will sell a ton of iPads this year.