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Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Ipad

Updated on September 28, 2011

The Amazon Kindle Fire is Amazon's answer to the Ipad and will most likely be the top Christmas gift from Amazon this year. Preorder the Amazon Kindle Fire today to ensure that you get your Kindle Fire before Christmas!

Amazon has just announced that it will be releasing the Kindle Fire for sale, a cheap tablet that is going head to head with the Ipad.  In their announcement Amazon has stated that "there are companies that work very hard to charge customers more and companies that work very hard to charge customers less".  It's possible to construe this as an attack at Apple, whose Ipad 2.0 has been a best selling tablet for years and has also been charging premium prices on all of their technological gadgets. 

They continue to state that they put themselves in the latter category, of charging customers less, and put their money where their mouth is by offering the low price Kindle Fire at hundreds of dollars less than the Ipad 2.0 (Click Here to See Price ).

But do the two really compare?  How does the Kindle Fire stack up against the Ipad 2.0?  Below is a look at what the Amazon Kindle Fire offers and how it compares with it's rival, the Ipad.

Kindle Fire Price Comparison

Based on Amazon's opening remarks on the Kindle Fire, they are looking to provide a full featured touchscreen tablet that is going to be the best priced tablet on the market.  When comparing a Kindle Fire to the Ipad 2.0, there is a $300 difference right off the bat, and that doesn't consider ancillary costs such as shipping or the cost of the products purchased through their stores (mp3s, Apps, books and movies).  Amazon is providing free shipping on the Kindle Fire while my Ipad cost about $15 to ship.  The pricing schemes for iTunes and Amazon are similar, both offering $0.99 downloads on the small sampling we did (although this varies by artist).  Apps are similarly priced as well; however, Amazon offers a free paid App every day giving you plenty of opportunities to find fun new games or useful tools.

Kindle Fire Performance Comparison

So the Kindle Fire is close to 300 bucks less, but will it holds its own when comparing performance?  Being late to the game, Amazon really had to bring something special to the table.  They started by using the same technology that the Ipad uses for viewing (called In-Plane Switching).  This technology is perfect for sharing movies, magazines or books with someone else who is sees the screen from a different angle (think reading a book to your child). 

Next, they used a chemically strengthened polymer to make it something like 20 times more scratch resistant.  Not only does it help with the portability and durability factors, but it also cuts down on finger print smudges for those who are bothered by that sort of thing. 

It's also extremely light, weighing only 14 ounces.  This makes one handed holds easy for both viewing and operating.  The iPad is closer to 22 ounces which is a pronounced difference when stuck trying to use it one handed.

Then there is the navigation.  This is something that the Apple revolutionized back in the day as a departure from the windows inside windows (inside windows) hierarchy.  Amazon takes it one step further.  The home screen has a scrolling menu that keeps track of your latest media and websites.  This shortcut makes it easy to keep a list of your most used stuff immediately at your fingertips. 

Then there are the technical specs.  Both the Kindle Fire and the Ipad use dual-core technology to power their processors.  This results in more or less immediate response and I would consider a tie.

Kindle Fire Web Surfing Performance

Amazon has never really had any real experience with web browsers so when they announced that the Kindle Fire was going to use Amazon's private web browser it was a bit of a shock.  But from the way it's described it should also revolutionize the way tablets browse the web.

Their browser is called the Amazon Silk and it uses a truly unique way to get content from the web.  Most websites have their files stored on servers, oftentimes on different servers across different parts of the web.  What a traditional browser does is goes to get one piece at a time make several trips.  The Amazon Silk uses a "Split Architecture" to do these processes simultaneously both on the tablet and in the cloud.  This results in much faster loading times and less waiting around.

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      1000Ways 6 years ago

      Hey Virginia,

      I believe that Amazon designed the Kindle Fire to be more for media use (such as mp3s, apps, and definitely movies and TV). It unfortunately doesn't have bluetooth capabilities so you may be out of luck.

      If you are looking for a tablet that kind of doubles as a netbook, you should check out the Asus tablet. It has a docking station designed for just what you are talking about.

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      I want something I can use as a portable computer--I know my brother has managed to do that with his IPad and a wifi keyboard. Anything like that for the Kindle Fire?