A new origami-style case adds to the bulk, but it’s a terrific design. Magnets inside the folding cover allow you to fold it back around for reading, or to click it into landscape or portrait tabletop mode, with your choice of two angles. And unlike the iPad’s Smart Cover, it won’t pop off when it shouldn’t: The Fire clicks into a stub and remains held in place by more magnets.
I don’t expect to see Apple lower the price of the 16GB iPad mini below its current $329. For the life of me, I don’t know what Apple could do to enhance the iPad mini to make me recommend it over the Fire HDX, provided that the person asking my advice had little interest in productivity or gaming. A 7-inch Fire HDX will give you a superior content experience and leave $100 in your pocket—which you can spend on books, music, and movies.
I’m surprised that the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is only 0.2 oz lighter (10.7 oz) than the 7.9-inch iPad mini (10.9 oz), which feels heavy compared with even my 8.5 oz Kindle 3. Put another way, both the Fire and the Mini are heavier than a current Kindle Paperwhite and an iPod touch combined.
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