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Five minutes with the Kindle Fire HDX and you realize just how bad the iPad speakers are. The sound from the Kindle Fire HDX is rich and covers the highs and lows brilliantly, whether I'm watching a movie, listening to an audiobook or playing a game, which is to be expected given that it is kitted out with a Dolby Digital Plus audio engine.
Compare this to the iPad's speakers sound tinny and weak. In anything but the quietest of situations I find myself having to resort to headphones.
Given that the iPad is seen as the ultimate content consumption tool – don't let this statement fool you though, you can create content on it – this is a massive oversight and a huge win for Amazon.
The image above is of the inside of a 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX.
Apple has managed to squeeze 10 hours of "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" time from the iPad Air, which isn't that bad until you see that Amazon has managed to get 12 hours of battery life out of the Kindle Fire HDX.
Amazon wins here big style.
The "Mayday" button
Those of us to handle tech each and every day have little idea what it's like to not be au fait with… well, everything tech.
This is where Amazon's Mayday button is a huge win. A couple of taps and the user is talking to a human being who can help them sort out their problems or get the most from their device. No text chat, no endless form filling, no pinging an email off into oblivion, and no having to cart the device to an Apple Genius Bar.
This is support, 21st century style!