With less than half its price, Amazon’s Kindle Fire seems to be well capable of standing face to face with Apple’s iPad 2,
The device that until now, is considered the holy grail of tablet computers.
First things first, let’s talk money:
Kindle fire is now in pre-order for only 199$, where a 16GB wifi iPad 2 will cost you $536.16. Meaning that you can buy two Kindle fires, and still save 30 bucks for apps or so. There is no argument here Kindle fire wins on this point.
iPad 2 comes with an unrivaled 9.7 inch screen, at a 1024-by-768 (0.7 megapixel) resolution, where the Kindle fire promises an elegant 7 inch at 1024-by-600 pixels. Don’t be fooled this doesn’t mean that Kindle fire’s screen will have a lesser quality image; the resolution difference only reflects the small difference in the screen width. The height of the displays is roughly the same. Both devices use IPS technology, and have multi-touch controllability. iPad 2 is the winner for this round.
While iPad 2 comes with the Apple proprietary iOS, Kindle fire brings you the widely used, Linux based Android 2.3 by Google. iOS has its fans, and I’m one of them. But unfortunately Android is better, iOS revolves around the App store, and will always try to block you from getting and installing apps that were not approved by Apple. On the other hand Android gives you more freedom, easier access and upgrades. More and more developers are moving towards Android because of its wide and growing user base. So Kindle fire is the winner when it comes to operating systems.
Both Tablets are engineered to be fast, each comes with a 1GHZ dual core CPU and 512MBs of RAM (much faster than my PC 8 years ago). So until I get to test Kindle fire for myself. This point will be a tie.
Wifi is available on both tablets, but iPad will win this one because it has Bluethooth, and optional 3G/GPS.
Kindle fire comes with no cameras, while iPad 2 gives you 2. One in the front for video Chat at 0.3 mp and a back camera at 0.7 mb (same as it’s screen size) they could have embedded a better camera, I mean for the price they if would be just fair to throw an 8 mp.
iPad comes with 16,32 or 64 GB of storage space, and Kindle fire only has 8 of them. But they offer you free cloud storage for the stuff you get from amazon. So again iPad 2 is the winner for this round.
If it wasn’t for the huge price difference, iPad 2 would still be the thing to get for the holidays. And if Kindle Fire did not actually beat the iPad 2, well it will kick the crap out of the other Android tablets on the market.
So what is it gonna be for you? iPad2, Kindle fire, or something else?
IF you are buying kindle fire, Hurry up and pre-order it today. It is expected to become out of stock by its release day of November the 15th
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