The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet has been constantly compared to the Apple iPad range, although it is not really intended to compete directly with this high-end device. Instead, Amazon’s objective is to court consumers who have a little less money to spend but still want the best experience that a tablet can offer. The question most people are asking at this point, however, is whether the differences between the Kindle Fire and the iPad really matter.
This issue is unavoidably subjective, but it makes sense to identify where the two devices differ before deciding if you might want to invest in one or the other.
The first difference between the two is the size of their screens. The iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch touch screen display with a resolution of 1024×768, while the Kindle Fire features a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×600. What this means is that while the iPad’s screen is larger, the pixel count of each tablet is actually quite close. Because of this, the Kindle Fire’s screen could look sharper because the detail is stretched over a smaller area.
The Kindle Fire has just 8GB of storage space built into it, while the iPad 2 features up to 64GB of storage. The iPad 2 has 16GB available even on the base model, which is still twice as much as the Kindle Fire. Of course the iPad 2 is twice the price of Amazon’s gadget at the very least, so you are paying for this additional storage space.
In terms of processing power, the dual-core chips on board the iPad 2 and Kindle Fire are fairly comparable. Even the PowerVR graphics processors are similar, so separating them on performance alone is relatively tough.
The iPad 2 has a fairly ordinary standard camera for still capture and HD video recording on the back, as well as a front-facing VGA camera that can be used for video calling with the FaceTime application. The Kindle Fire is completely devoid of cameras, so obviously there is no comparison to be made in this regard.
The iPad 2 uses Apple’s iOS 5 platform, which features social-networking integration, access to a vast library of applications and an excellent web browser. The Kindle Fire runs on Android 2.3, although Amazon has customised it beyond recognition, so you will not find this experience anywhere else. It features the Silk web browser, which uses cloud-computing technology to take the burden of processing websites away from the device itself, giving you better load times. The whole thing is also set up to act as a kind of store-front for Amazon’s various services, whether it is the Kindle eBook collection or video streaming and app downloads.
The question of whether any of these things really matter depends on your own personal preferences. The iPad is the device of choice for those who want the best all-round experience. No other platform can match the quality of the applications that have been created for it and the library of software keeps on growing. Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire is competitive when it comes to giving you access to excellent multimedia content and the carousel-based interface will allow you to find your favourite files and apps with ease.
The major deciding factor could ultimately be the price. If you are generally just going to be browsing the web and using a few apps, then the affordability of the Kindle Fire might win you over. If you want a bigger, sleeker, more flexible tablet with excellent hardware, then Apple’s costlier iPad might be the right choice for you.
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