DisplayMate technologies have pitted the brand new iPad Air against 8.9 inch rival the Kindle Fire HDX in a display test, with a rather surprising outcome.
The HDX was hailed as “the best performing tablet display that we have ever tested” by the group. The HDX outperformed the iPad Air when it came to brightness, reflectance, high ambient light contrast, and the very important absolutely color accuracy. The HDX was also rated as more power efficient.
Whilst that may sound like quite an extensive beating for the iPad Air, it’s important to note that the Air performed very well in all of the categories tested. DisplayMate claimed that both “are most likely better and more accurate than any display you own”. The iPad Air uses IGZO Metal Oxide LCD technology, which is better than nearly every other tech on the market, whilst the HDX uses Low Temperature Poly Silicon LCD technology. Also tested was the Google Nexus 10 (2012), however this under performed somewhat because the technology has aged a little since then.
From the results, it would seem that the Kindle Fire HDX does offer a better display experience than the iPad Air, yet this isn’t to say that the iPad Air’s display is fantastic. I doubt many of you will be buying a tablet exclusively for display, and in many other areas the Air has a lot more to offer, however it is important that you’re aware of the differing performance and take this into account.
For the full test results, you can check out the graph below!