Tablets Comparison – Amazon Kindle Fire Vs iPad 2
Finally the news is out about the new Amazon Fire tablet which is available at a very low price of $199. The best part is that its backed by a corporation which has already taken a large share in the eCommerce market. In this article we are going to compare the same with the Apple iPad 2 which is already a huge hit all over the world.
Screen Size and Display
The iPad 2 is quite larger in the screen size with a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Kindle Fire which possesses a 7-inch screen. Although the small size, the pixel rate of the Kindle Fire is not low, and is of 1024 x 600 pixels, compared to the 1024 x 768 pixels of the iPad 2.
Weight and Thickness
The Kindle Fire beats the iPad well when we talk about the weight of the tablet, as it is just 414 gm when compared to the 600 gm of the iPad 2, but we won’t blame iPad for that as it has a larger screen with a beautiful screen and display. The iPad is really thin with a thickness of just 8.8mm when compared to the Kindle Fire’s thickness of 11.4mm.
The two tablets being compared here are having the best competing operating systems in the market, the Android and iOS. The Kindle Fire has the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and the iPad 2 has the iOS operating system. The Android in the Fire is customized a bit to make it look more professional and on the lines of the previous versions of the Kindle.
Processor and Internal Specs
Both the iPad 2 and the Kindle Fire have the 1GHz processor with the specific ones being the 1GHz TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor in the Kindle Fire and 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor in the iPad 2. Both the tablets possess the 512MB of memory and when talking about the memory, the iPad 2 has the options of 16GB and 32GB, while the Kindle Fire has come in a single memory storage version of 8GB.
As said, the Kindle Fire has been kept low on features to make it run on the lines of being a standard device for reading and browsing the web, so it doesn’t have a camera in the rear or front side. On the other hand, the iPad 2 has the 0.7-megapixel camera on the rear side.
Connectivity is almost similar in both, with Wi-Fi, no bluetooth, and the iPad 2 only with the 3G version has the 3G connectivity and GPS in it. The Wi-Fi version is almost similar in connectivity options as the Kindle Fire.
We haven’t checked the battery life of the Kindle Fire, but if it is something similar to that of the Kindle, then we can see a good 8-9 hours of battery life, compared to the 8-10 hours of life of the iPad 2.
This is the biggest factor where the Kindle Fire beats the iPad 2. It is priced at just $199, while the iPad 2 is priced from a minimum price of $499, the Wi-Fi version and the maximum price of the 3G + Wi-Fi version would cost around $829. If pricing is one of the big concerns, a buyer should go for the Kindle Fire to have a tablet device in hands by shelling out just $199.