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Apple iPad mini (2019)
Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
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Apple iPad mini (2019) vs Amazon Fire (2019)

Analysis:

The Apple iPad mini (2019) is a great Tablet for its $384 asking price.

The Amazon Fire 7 (2019), however, while a reasonable product for $49, doesn't stack up against its competitors quite as well. If you're considering Tablets in the $95 range, you might want to check out some better options.

The Apple iPad mini (2019) was loved by reviewers from numerous highly trusted sources that perform in-depth objective testing, including PCmag, CNET, Laptop Mag, Wirecutter (NYTimes), and Digital Camera World. It did great in their roundups - it was dubbed "Best for Power and Portability" by PCmag, "Expensive, but the best smaller tablet" by CNET, and "Our favorite small tablet" by Laptop Mag. That's high praise coming from sources of such caliber.

Taking a look at the Amazon Fire 7 (2019), we found that it was received really well by reviewers from highly trusted sources that conduct objective in-depth testing, including PCmag, Laptop Mag, and CNET - it was named "Best for Rock-Bottom Price" by PCmag, "Best cheap Amazon tablet overall" by Laptop Mag, and "The most affordable tablet" by CNET in their respective roundups. Any product that's praised by this many of the internet's most trustworthy sources should be considered by everyone who's in the market for a Tablet at this price point.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. TrustedReviews, Notebookcheck.net, The Verge, PCmag, Digitaltrends, Techradar, and Laptop Mag, for example, preferred the Apple iPad mini (2019), while Tech Advisor and Expert Reviews rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Apple iPad mini (2019) got reviewed the highest by What Hi-Fi? - it gave it a rating of 10, while the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) most impressed reviewers at Expert Reviews, which gave it a score of 8.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Apple iPad mini (2019), with its 8.4 average, performed considerably better than most Tablets - the mean score for the product category being 7.5 out of 10 - while the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) managed an average of 7.1.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Apple iPad mini (2019) vs. Amazon Fire 7 (2019) review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
PCmag
Laptop Mag
CNET
Notebookcheck.net
Digital Camera World
TrustedReviews
Expert Reviews
What Hi-Fi?
Techradar
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple iPad mini (2019)
$384
Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
$49
Operating System
iPadOS
Fire OS
Screen size
7.9 (inches)
7 (inches)
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The iPad Is the Best Tablet” 
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Our favorite small tablet
in “Best tablets in 2021” 
Last updated: 12 Jan 2021
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Expensive, but the best smaller tablet
in “Best tablet for remote learning in 2021” 
Last updated: 3 Jan 2021
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Power and Portability
in “The Best Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 10
in “The Best Tablets” 
Last updated: 22 Jan 2021
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best (and only) small tablet on our best tablet list
in “Best tablet 2021: the top tablets you can buy right now” 
Last updated: 17 days ago
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best compact tablet
in “Best tablet 2021: The top tablets from Apple, Amazon, Samsung and more” 
Last updated: a month ago
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best tablet for powerful features in a small package
in “Best tablet 2021: Is the iPad still the one to beat?” 
Last updated: 5 Jan 2021
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Best kids' tablets 2021” 
Last updated: a month ago
What Hi-Fi?
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 11
in “Best tablets 2021” 
Last updated: 17 days ago
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Also great
in “The Best Tablet for Kids” 
Last updated: 12 Nov 2019
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 4
in “Best iPad 2021: Which Apple iPad should you choose?” 
Last updated: 4 Dec 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 5
in “Best Apple iPad: Should you get the Pro, Air, Mini or iPad 8?” 
Last updated: 3 Dec 2020
Highly recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The most affordable tablet
in “Best tablet for remote learning in 2021” 
Last updated: 3 Jan 2021
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Rock-Bottom Price
in “The Best Android Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best kids' tablets 2021” 
Last updated: a month ago
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 8
in “Best Android tablet 2021: The best tablets from Samsung, Amazon and everyone else” 
Last updated: 23 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 6
in “The best cheap tablets 2021: the top budget options” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #8 out of 8
in “The Best Tablets of 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Cheap Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020

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