In the latest “Flagship Tablet Display Shoot-Out, DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira found the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 to outperform Apple’s Retina-enabled iPad Air in a number of lab tests, crowning Amazon’s device as the best performing tablet that Soneira has ever tested. In his tests, Soneira put the iPad Air, Kindle HDX 8.9 and Google Nexus 10 through a battery of in-depth tests, including brightness and contrast, color and intensity, viewing angles and more. In the end, Amazon’s tablet won out after “significantly” outperforming the iPad in several categories.
Soneira wrote the following regarding the matter:
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.
Much like the iPad mini, Apple’s iPad Air uses IGZO technology, named for its use of indium, gallium and zinc, which is roughly 30% less power efficient than LTPS. As for the Air, Apple also made “incremental” but significant changes and improvements over the third- and fourth-gen iPads. These include decreased reflectance, higher brightness levels and better contrast ratings. Soneira says the switch from amorphous silicon to IGZO was the “most important hood display improvement” for the Air, boosting power efficiency by 57% from last year’s model.
The last thing to note here is that Google Nexus 10 first debuted in 2012 and is nearing the end of its production cycle. The tablet was included in the test due to its extremely high pixel count, 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, which was the highest on the market when the device originally launched.
How do you feel about the results?