Ipad mini vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

With all of the choices available for tablets and e-readers, buyers must consider their options very carefully before making a purchase. We have looked through the many different tablet and e-readers available and chose the Ipad mini and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ as our final two contenders.

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Source: https://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/specs/
Source: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHJRYYS/ref=fs_ta#tech



Kindle Fire HDX

Ipad Mini

Battery Life

  • 12 hrs
  •  10 hrs


  • 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
  • 2048 x 1536 (326 ppi)

Input/Output Port

  • Micro-USB
  •  Lightning port

Retail Store Availability

  • No
  •  Yes


  • No software
  •  Itunes installation required

TV Compatibility

  • Yes (second screen and mirroring with Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Samsung TVs)
  •  Yes (Airplay and mirroring available with apple tv)
  • Front and rear
  • Front and rear


  • Cloud and digital store
  •  Cloud and digital store



For the price comparison I chose the 64GB of storage on both with wifi and cellular capabilities and no lock screen ads on the Kindle Fire HDX to make them comparable.

Kindle Fire HDX8.9″: $554.00

Ipad mini with retina display: $729.00


Deciding factors:

The Kindle’s interface is a bit more confusing, especially for first time users, but it also has the mayday button which connects users to technical support 24/7.  This allows users to explore their new tablet but to have a lifeline to a representative if they get a bit lost.

Two other things which are original to the Kindle are the parental controls (freetime) and the test drive option. With freetime users can set limits for their children with the length of time they can use the device and also which apps are available to them. This essentially creates a completely different tablet for children to use. Test drive is also a great option which allows users the opportunity to test apps before they purchase them.

Getting down to the actual e book component of each, the Kindle and Ipad have very similar looks with the readers. On the Ipad users can highlight, make notes, and bookmark pages. With the Kindle, users have all of the capabilities of the Ipad but can also translate large chunks of text (up to the entire book) and have it read back or in print for the entire selection. The Kindle also has a seamless shift from audiobook to print allowing users to read in print, pick up in the same place with the audiobook, and then begin with print again without sifting through the pages to find their spot.

The Kindle syncs content wirelessly to many different devices whereas the Ipad content is only available on apple products.

For the money, the Kindle wins out over the Ipad with a higher resolution and PPI, compatibility across multiple platforms, new features, and battery life.

Source: http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&docid=szlMD8qcSW19xM&tbnid=oN_w_V40qg2lGM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.laptopmag.com%2Famazon-kindle-fire-hdx-vs-google-nexus-7&ei=j27JU8n6H86syAThrYDIDg&bvm=bv.71198958,d.aWw&psig=AFQjCNFqLsNYnM8XTRp04zYqUPq_l-1ilQ&ust=1405796354199313

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Illinois Mission of Mercy 2014


The SNX team were honored to be invited to the Illinois Mission of Mercy event this year. We provided computers, set up, and support for all the data processing for the event. PC’s were divided into two groups for the volunteers, data entry and exit interview.

 Upon entering the Peroria Civic Center, patients were shown to the data entry room which was separated from other areas to protect patient information and follow all HIPPA privacy regulations. Patients spoke with a volunteer who entered the patient info into an online database. We set up 4 PC’s in this area so patients could be moved through as quickly as possible.  From previous MOM events, organizers have learned wireless internet access is not entirely reliable for an event of this size. SNX staff worked with the Peoria Civic Center maintenance staff to set up an access point in the data entry room that was wired to the civic center internet. Once the access point was set up, CAT6 cable was run to all 4 computers in the Data room and the computers were set to the Mission of Mercy database to enter patient information.
Exit Interview – Every patient treated at the Mission of Mercy event was interviewed upon completion of their treatment. We set up 15 computers in an area where patients exit the Mission. Each computer was manned by a volunteer who performed the interviews. Each station was set up to navigate to a survey page designed specifically for MOM2014.
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Also in the Exit interview area we set up 3-4 printer/copiers for volunteers to make copies of paperwork for the patients.
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Once we set up all the necessary machines we provided IT support during the actual event, Friday and Saturday. Almost 2000 people were seen in two days. During those two days SNX provided any computer support needed including access issues, PC software and hardware issues, and printer troubleshooting.
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At the end of the event Saturday evening, SNX assisted in taking down all the equipment in both patient areas, taking down the access points, and returning all cabling provided by the Civic Center.

We were so delighted to take part in this event and look forward to the next opportunity we have to work with this fantastic organization!

If you are interested in volunteering with the next Mission of Mercy event or know of other events we might be able to help with please comment below.


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Now Open: Ocean Market Atlanta – An SNX I.T. Customer

There is a new sandwich shop in town!

Chef Shane McIntosh, executive chef and owner of Ocean Catering Company, is thrilled to announce the opening of his first dine-in concept, Ocean Market – a new Atlanta eatery located at 489 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Ga 30308 opened on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Offering a grab-and-go-style lunch menu tailored to busy professionals, area residents and more, Chef Shane’s new concept will be open every Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The well-rounded and expansive menu features a variety of reasonably priced lunch fare available for dine-in or takeout, from fresh salads and soups to traditional and panini style sandwiches and delicious crepes, all with Chef McIntosh’s signature creative spin. Known for his sense of humor and always-positive outlook, Ocean Market’s not-so-traditional sandwich selection includes twists on classics and plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. The Kinda BLT, sliced pancetta, roasted garlic aioli, crispy lettuce and fresh tomato, and the DLT – What!?, a vegan version of the BLT that is served with toasted dulse seaweed, ground gomashio, crispy lettuce, fresh tomato and garlic aioli, speak true to Chef Shane’s style and offer diners an alternative “BLT” experience. Sandwiches like his Smoked Salmon Club, house-smoked salmon, crisp turkey bacon, and citrus marmalade, double stacked with fresh lettuce and tomato, and the Oh Yeah! – Pimento Cheese satisfies cravings for a more hearty meal. Panini-style sandwiches like the Greatest Grilled Cheese Ever!!!, a smoked Gouda, triple crème Brie and homemade spiced pimento cheese grilled cheese sandwich, and the PB&J Panini, a toasty combination of fresh pear, Brie cheese and jambon served with creole mustard and arugula promise to delight those looking for a hot lunch.
Featuring soups made fresh daily on premise, diners are invited to indulge in adventurous options like Chef Shane’s African peanut or potato and parsnip soups, while his seafood bisque, roasted corn chowder, and white bean and turkey chili are sure to be crowd pleasers. Numerous made-to-order salad options served with homemade dressings cover everything a discerning palate could want: Asian, Indian, Italian and Greek flavors can all be found in the thoughtfully crafted selection. Salads like the Dirty South Bread Salad, mixed greens with Heirloom tomatoes, thick croutons, steamed crab and seared crawfish tails tossed in basil pistou; and the Roasted Beet Salad: roasted beets, fresh segmented oranges on a bed of mixed greens tossed in citrus vinaigrette and topped with fresh goat cheese and basil, are sure to become fast favorites. Sold by the weight, Tuscan pasta salad, cous cous salad, Jamaican slaw, Grandma’s Mc’s egg salad, and Chef Shane’s blue cheese chicken salad are just a sampling of menu items that can also complement a meal at home.

A variety of crepes, both sweet and savory, round out the Ocean Market menu. Flavorful options like the Tripping Daisy, a vegetarian crepe filled with wild mushroom duxelle and parmesan aioli; the Yard Bird, a grilled chicken option with Gruyere, lettuce, sliced tomato and green onion aioli; and the Bleu Beef, a hearty beef tenderloin, sliced aged cheddar, horseradish aioli and crumbled bleu cheese crepe, provide a delightful alternative to traditional sandwiches. For those with a sweet tooth, Ocean Market’s Berries and Crème and Apple Crunch crepes can serve as the perfect ending to any lunch or are an ideal mid-day snack.
Visit their website at http://www.oceanmarketatl.com/ or like their facebook page at www.facebook.com/OceanMarketAtlanta
We look forward to seeing you in the market for lunch soon. The Kinda BLT sounds amazing!


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Happy Valentine’s Day From SNX Professor

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! This holiday of connections makes me think of all the ways that we stay in touch today. There have been so many changes to social networking through the years which have changed the way relationships work. This infographic from mashable.com shows the development of social networking through the years. 

How has technology changed your relationships for the better? 

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

This year is flying by for all of us here at SNX and we thought that it might be for you too. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner we have some last minute gift ideas for your favorite technophile to keep you covered.  

Jawbone Jambox: With the multiple plate colors and grill design options available this compact Bluetooth speaker makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for music lovers. 

Digital Photo Frame: While handmade gifts have a certain appeal, skip the scissors and tape with this digital photo frame. Simply upload pictures of you and your Valentine and give them a daily reminder of all your good times together.  

Heart USB Cup Warmer: This romantically shaped device will keep drinks warm all day which is sure to chase away any remaining winter chill and warm your Valentine’s heart.  

Mix Tape Flash Drive: The age of the cassette tape is long gone but with this gift you can add a bit of nostalgia to your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Create a 1GB playlist and label the cassette tape holder with a personalized message.  

RC Beverage Cooler: Treat your valentine to an afternoon of leisure with this remote controlled drink cooler. With a range of up to 30 feet and a 6 can or bottle capacity this cooler will assure that your Valentine won’t need to leave their seat all day.  


What Valentine’s day gifts have piqued your tech savvy loved one’s interest? Leave us a comment here to let us know and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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