With the launch of the Amazon’s new tablet Kindle Fire, many are seriously dubbing that the Kindle Fire has become a serious competitor of the iPad. Along with the launch of the iPad, Kindle Fire has definitely set a good competition in the market. Hence the hottest topic of tablet wars is iPad vs Kindle Fire.
Basic features of iPad
iPad designed and marketed by Apple Inc., equipped with 1 GHz processor and 256MB RAM covering up to a maximum storage of 64GB, using the same operating system as the Apple iPhones, the iPad also has the capability of WiFi and 3G service. The iPad only can run applications from the official Apple App Store and covers over thousands of apps such as a dictionary, music-making, writing, reading and games, etc.
Basic features of Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire, launched by Amazon, is a 7 inch multi touch tablet IPS technology and runs the Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Equipped with 1-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 512 RAM, WiFi, USB and official Amazon Appstore, it is definitely a competitive cutting-edge tablet technology. With built in email, music software, etc., the Kindle Fire also comes with a 5GB cloud storage from Amazon.
iPad vs Kindle Fire: Comparison
• Screen Size and Resolution: The Kindle Fire is a mini tablet around 7 inches and has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. iPad, on the other hand, is a larger tablet covering about 9.7 inch and having a High Definition resolution 1024×768 pixels and hence the iPad has a bigger and crisper display than Kindle Fire.
• Battery Life: The Kindle Fire lasts up to 8 hours straight, but the drawback comes when the device is used with WiFi as its battery decreases rapidly. For iPad, on the other hand, the battery works straight 10 hours.
• Data Connection: Kindle Fire supports only WiFi, and here iPad lead the debate as it has WiFi as well as 3G and 4G support.
• Processor and Memory: Kindle Fire processor although a dual core falls short than the iPad. The new iPad has a quad core processor and a full 1GB of RAM as well therefore providing smoother and faster browsing.
• Storage: The Kindle Fire comes with a fixed 8GB storage only, while the iPad has variable storage capacities ranging from 16 GB to 64GB.
• Software: As the Kindle Fire is newly launched, it’s app store consists of about 30 000 apps, and although it has support for android apps as well, it still lacks the range and variety of apps and software as that of an iPad. The Apple’s App Store covers as much as 200 000 apps and no app store is comparative to that of Apple.
• Price: The Amazon Kindle Fire comes for only $199. The iPad’s initial price starts from $499 and hence where it comes to pricing, Kindle Fire is almost half the price of iPad.
From the above, it can be concluded that the Kindle Fire is mostly meant for media works and storage. The iPad, on the other hand, has more support of apps and other services than the Kindle Fire. At The end, the iPad vs Kindle Fire decision lies on the users as to which tablet suits their need better.