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Kindle Fire or iPad 2

Updated on November 26, 2011

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The iPad and Kindle Fire are two of the most popular tablet computers on the market. Tablets are popular mobile devices due to their small size and light weight, which make these computers easy to use at home or on-the-go. The Kindle Fire and iPad each offer versatility and mobility, and many customers are confused as to which mobile device would be best for them to buy. I’d like to help you determine which tablet is better for your needs by doing a comparison of the iPad and Kindle Fire—showing the differences and similarities, along with information about how to best put each tablet to use.

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There are several differences between the iPad and the Kindle Fire, including screen size, device size and weight, and more.


The Kindle Fire runs for $199, which includes a year's subscription to Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime members benefit from free two-day shipping, instant streaming of movies and TV shows, and instant access to Kindle e-books. Your Amazon Prime subscription must be renewed annually for $79. The iPad 2 comes in three different versions and runs from from $499 for the 16 GB, $599 for the 32 GB, and $699 for the 64 GB versions.

Screen Size.

The iPad offers a 9.7 inch high-resolution screen using LED technology. The iPad's screen offers a roomier way to watch movies. The Kindle Fire has a 7 inch high-resolution screen, which still offers plenty of "real estate" to enjoy movies.

WiFi and/or 3G Connection

Both tablet computers are able to connect to the Internet, however the Kindle Fire only connects with WiFi, while the iPad offers connection via WiFi and 3G technology.

Internal Memory

The Kindle Fire has 8 GB of on board storage, while the iPad offers three different sizes of internal memory: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.


The Kindle Fire uses Texas Instruments ARM 1 GHz arm dual-core processor, while the iPad uses a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed processor. The iPad’s processor tends to be faster than the Kindle Fire.

Battery Life

The iPad tablet’s rechargeable lithium-polymer battery offers charging via USB connection to your home computer and via power adapter. In addition, the iPad’s battery typically lasts up to 10 hours of surfing the web via WiFi, and 9 hours via the 3G, watching video or listening to music. The Kindle Fire’s battery offers about 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi turned off). Kindle Fire also offers charging via home computer or power adapter.


Kindle Fire weighs a mere 14.6 ounces, making it easy to hold in one hand. The iPad is a bit heavier; coming in around 1.33 pounds.


The iPad WiFi + 3G is 9.5 inches (241.2 mm) in height, 7.31 inches (185.7 mm) wide, and has a depth of 0.34 inch (8.8 mm). The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, 7.5 inches (190.5 mm) high, 4.7 inches (119.38 mm) wide and 0.45 of an inch (11.43) in depth.


The Kindle Fire and the iPad use separate app stores. The iPad uses Apple’s iTunes store offers millions of songs, thousands of movies for sale and rent in HD (high definition) or standard versions, along with millions of apps to customize your iPad. The Kindle Fire provides music, books, movies for digital download, along with apps from its app store. The Kindle uses the Android app market to supply hundreds of thousands of apps to customize your Kindle Fire.


In addition, the iPad offers two cameras—mounted on the front and back of the device. The back camera can work as a video recorder shooting up to 30 frames per second with audio. It can also act as a still camera with a 5x digital zoom. The front camera can also be used to record video and still pictures.

The iPad also contains buil-in sensors: a three-axis gyro, accelerometer, and an ambient light sensor. The gyro and accelerometer can be used with different apps and games, making these activities more enjoyable and life-like. The ambient light sensor automatically changes the screen brightness according to the brightness of the light in your room or outside.


Touch screen technology. Both the iPad and the Kindle Fire offer touch screens that allow you to move between apps and programs without having to use a mouse. Touch screens allow for more intuitive use, especially for young children and seniors. Both tablets offer vivid color screens with IPS (In-Plane-Switching) technology. This technology makes it possible to watch videos in wide-screen.


The iPad and the Kindle Fire both offer multi-media capabilities. Each tablet makes it possible to download music, movies, TV shows and more. Both tablet computers also allow you to download books and subscription magazines. The Kindle Fire and iPad offer a wide selection of downloadable music in a variety of genres.


Both the iPad and Kindle Fire use apps; small programs that allow tablet users to customize their tablet computers. Apps come in the form of games, productivity aids, and more. You can use apps to everything from finding the current weather conditions in your area to finding a great pizza restaurant nearby. Other popular apps allow you to play popular games such as Angry Birds and more. You can also find apps great to help you with business on-the-go and apps that make travel easier.

Web surfing, Email and Social Media

The Kindle Fire and the iPad both allow you to connect to the web and surf with built-in browsers. There are also additional browsers available in both app stores for the tablets. Both tablet computers make it easy to stay in touch via email, while also allowing you to stay on top of your social media contacts. Both tablets are able to connect to Twitter, Facebook and more.

Document Readers.

The iPad and the Kindle Fire can also be used to read popular document formats such as PDF, Word and more.

Cloud Storage.

Both the Kindle Fire and iPad offer cloud storage. This means certain files and media can be stored on Amazon and Apple Cloud servers, rather than storing files on your home computer and tablet. Media files, such as music, photos and TV shows, can take up space on your device, and before you know it, your tablet’s too full. Over time, your home computer can also become inundated with the files from your tablet. Cloud storage offers storage in the “cloud,” which frees up space on both your tablet and home computers. It also makes it easier to retrieve media and photo files you may have lost with the crash of your tablet or home computing system.

Amazon offers free storage for all Amazon content, while the iPad offers storage for all iTunes content, while also providing 5 GB (gigabytes) of extra storage for other files such as documents, emails and more. In addition, you can buy additional storage space from iTunes to have enough space for your digital files.

Which device is best for you?

Both the Kindle Fire and iPad offer easy and pleasant ways to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read ebooks. Both tablets are great for traveling.

Kindle Fire: smaller and lighter, offers a smaller touch screen, and connects to Amazon’s Android app store for content. The Kindle Fire is best to use for watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, reading e-books, surfing the web, and emailing. The Kindle Fire also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Prime, which can be renewed annually for $79.

iPad: a little larger and heavier, offers a larger touch screen, and connects to the iTunes store for content and apps. The iPad offers built-in sensors, larger amounts of internal memory, and a longer-lasting battery for web surfing and viewing movies. The iPad can be used as a media player (music and movies), along with reading e-books, surfing the web and emailing. In addition, the iPad can be used for enhanced game playing with its built-in sensors. The iPad also makes a useful, small personal computer for home and business applications with its faster processor and larger touch screen.

To sum all this information up, the Kindle Fire is best used if you would mainly like to watch movies, read e-books, etc. However, if you are looking to use a tablet more as mobile computer, then you should buy the iPad.

Good luck and have fun choosing your tablet computer!

Which tablet do you use?

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      Sherry Vacik 5 years ago from Prague, Czech Republic

      @Steve: Thanks for your comment! Have a great day. :)

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      Steve 5 years ago

      Nice article , I also found good info on

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      Sherry Vacik 5 years ago from Prague, Czech Republic

      @softhard: That's the beauty of these tablet computers. You can find ways to use them that work best for you.

      I use the iPad and Kindle 2 for home/work/travel. They are my every day tools.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

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      softhard 5 years ago from Kathmandu

      Very good information. I use both ipad2 and kindle fire. For me reading ebooks, blogs, articles is better than in ipad2 because pixels are more dense than that of ipad2. When i m traveling and in move i prefer kindle fire because of its smaller size. At home and at office i prefer ipad2.

      Thanks for the article. really enjoyed reading it.