The iPad Air has been getting raving reviews since it came out a week ago, but not everyone agrees about all the positive aspects related to the slate. DisplayMate’s Dr. Raymond Soneira claims that the device is inferior to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX in several aspects.


The expert has an in depth comparison of the two models, showing that the Retina panel is beaten by Amazon’s product. Dr. Soneira goes as far as saying that the display on the Kindle Fire HDX is the best he’s even seen on a tablet. The 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution on the iPad Air equates to a 264 ppi density on the Air, significantly lower than the density of the HDX.


The density is 339 ppi in this case, which is almost 25% higher than the iPad Air. The Fire HDX also beats the iPad Air in brightness, contrast ratio and power efficiency. The results are shown in the table below and although the iPad Air fixes some problems of the predecessor (peak brightness, glare and contrast), it’s still not the winner.

Of course, that doesn’t mean people won’t be desperate to get an iPad Air…