Apple iPad versus Kindle Fire
Cannot decide whether to buy an iPad or the Kindle Fire?
Both are hot selling mobile tablets that give you access to email, books, games and entertainment. The Kindle Fire is cheaper, but will it do everything you expect from a tablet?
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet costs £110 (Footnote). The latest Apple iPad (called the "new iPad") costs about £250 to £350 depending on the data storage and connectivity options you choose. Both tablets let you surf the Web, check email, read e-books, watch movies, and play games. But there are significant differences between the iPad and the Fire, besides their prices. Both tablets feature WiFi connectivity, but the iPad goes further with optional 3G or 4G mobile connectivity.
The iPad supports AirPlay and Bluetooth, options which are important if you want to wirelessly stream content from your tablet to external speakers or an HD TV. The Fire lacks both camera and microphone, which rules out video conferencing. (this may be the future of our Probus Club's committees!) The iPad sports two cameras and a microphone.
The iPad's screen measures 9.7 inches diagonally, while the Fire's screen measures 7 inches although the Fire HDX is 8.9 inches but costs about £330. The new iPad's screen resolution also beats the Fire's (2,048 x 1,536 vs. 1,024 x 600). The iPad2 has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
The Fire weighs 14.6 ounces, while the iPad weighs over 23 ounces. The Fire fits in your pocket or your cargo pants. The iPad is about the size of a magazine.
The Fire's internal storage is limited to 8 GB while the iPad offers options of 16, 32, or 64 GB. However, both tablets store most content in the cloud, so local storage is not that much of an issue.
Other Considerations for Tablet Buyers
Battery life is about 9 hours on the iPad and 7 hours on the Fire. An iPad equipped with 4G connectivity will of course drain its battery faster.
The iPad runs Apple's iOS, while the Fire runs Google Android. However, the Fire's version of Android is heavily customized to provide a streamlined pipe directly to Amazon's e-commerce offerings. So the Fire is nearly as simple to use as the iPad.
iPad users have access to the Apple App Store and over 150,000 apps. Amazon's Appstore cannot match that, but it does contain tens of thousands of apps and it's growing.
Footnote:- There are many tablets with different specification and these change from day to day so use Google to get the best buy