Amazon Kindle Fire vs. iPad 2

You might have been wondering which should you buy the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Apple iPad 2? Well we have for you the ultimate comparison, and its up to you at the end which is more suited for you.

The Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the first real tabled that Amazon has produced, as you might have already heard it is a seven-inch device and runs on Google’s Android OS. As we have posted the other day it is now selling for just under $200, which makes it quite difficult ot compete with. So how does it do when compared to the iPad 2?

This is the in-depth comparison between the Kindle Fire and the iPad 2.

Amazon Kindle Fire Apple iPad 2
Display: 7-inch IPS multitouch display (limited to two fingers at once) at 1024 x 600 pixels

169 ppi
9.7-inch IPS multitouch display at 1024×768 pixels

132 ppi
Processor: 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core CPU 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor
Memory:  8GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD)

RAM TBC
16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage

512MB of RAM
Dimensions & Weight: 190 x 120 x 11.4mm14.6 ounces 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm21.3 ounces
Battery:  8 hours reading, 7.5 hours video playback — with Wi-Fi off. 10 hours of W-Fi web browsing, video or music
Camera:  None 0.7-megapixel rear-facing camera

0.2 megapixel front-facing camera
Operating System:  Android with Amazon’s own UI iOS
Connectivity:  Wi-Fi only 3G

Bluetooth 2.1

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Price: $199 From $499

When looking at the above information, the Kindle Fire does not really look like it is going to kill the iPad 2 which was rumored before hand, but it can be a useful alternative to some people who will choose it.

Concentrating on the internals of the Kindle Fire, we find that it is not as powerful as  the iPad 2, as it has a dual-core 800MHz CPU, compared to the iPad which has a dual-core 1GHz chip. However, the first impression that have been taken from the Amazon press conference about the Kindle Fire is that it’s pretty fast.

One a brighter note, the Kindle Fire’s web browser called the Kindle Silk is designed as a cloud accelerated mobile browser that uses the Amazon servers to load part of the website. This means that the website will load very quickly even quicker than the time that the iPad will load it in. However, on a down note, you may still see a slower CPU but only when you are runny hungry apps like for example 3D games.

Now going on to talk about storage of the tablets, the Kindle’s microSD expansion slots puts it in a good place when competing with the iPad 2, with the option to have up to 32GB storage. Even if you are not going to store a large number of song and movies on the Kindle Fire’s 8GB, Amazon is still making the most of its cloud allowing the Kindle Fire owners to store free using the cloud.

If you were looking for a tablet that takes pictures then the Kindle Fire is not the one for you as it does not have a front or back camera. Also there is no Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. The batter only lasts 8 hours and that is with the Wi-Fi turned off, therefore it will last even less time with it turned on. That is defiantly a downside.

Depending on what you are looking for the Kindle Fire is smaller and lighter that the iPad, so if the iPad is too big for you and you are looking for something smaller then the Kindle Fire is for you.

Now comparing the operating systems, the Kindle Fire, runs on Android OS, but we hear that Amazon has tweaked it a lot and changed it to fit its new tablet. The impressions that we are getting that it is an amazing change that they have made and very much worth it. The common factor between Apple and Amazon that they are both focusing on the user experience and are keen on optimizing the UI to work seamlessly with other products. As this tablet runs on Android the user automatically has access to thousands of Android application that are available. True they are much less than those of the Apple app Store, but enough to get you interested.

We have found the biggest difference between the two tables to be the price. The Kindle Fire is an astonishing $300 cheaper than the iPad 2, and for those that are not at all bothered about having Bluetooth and a camera and 3D gaming then the Kindle Fire is looking very nice to you, but yet it’s your best option in the market.

In front of you are all the facts, and it’s up to you to decide.

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