Apple’s iPad 2 vs. Amazon’s Kindle Fire – The choice is yours


Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which runs Google’s Android Operating System went on sale yesterday in US market. Kindle Fire isn’t designed to Compete with Apple’s popular iPad Tablet, this will be interesting to see how the two devices compare.
The Hardware

There are customers who would like to go for iPad 2 with a larger 9.7-inch display (1024×768 resolutions), while many others will also opt for a smaller form-factor with Kindle Fire sporting a 7-inch display (1024×600 resolutions). If you are someone who likes to be mobile, Kindle Fire won’t disappoint you. But if you prefer bigger screen for reading magazines and watching movies, iPad 2 will serve you better.

Considering weight, you should feel much comfortable holding a 0.91 pounds (414g) Kindle Fire than a 1.33 pounds (601g) iPad 2. However, when it comes to thickness, Kindle Fire lags behind with 0.45 inch, compared to iPad 2, which is 0.34 inches thick.

Power and Storage

Kindle Fire is powered by a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP processor. It comes with 512 MB of RAM and a mere 8 GB of storage, of which about six and a half will be available to users for their multimedia collection. Boasting a dual-core 1GHz A5 processor and 512 MB of RAM, iPad 2 has more space to offer. It is available with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of storage. Consumers who have a lot of video, music and other content to store are very likely to think seriously about choosing iPad 2 over Kindle Fire.


If you don’t want to capture photos and don’t want to video chat with your friends, Kindle Fire is not a problem. But if you want a camera on your tablet, it will be a big disappointment. Possibly to keep the price tag at $199, Amazon didn’t include any camera in the device.

iPad 2, on the other hand, features both a front camera and a rear-facing camera. So if you love to snap photos and do video chats, the Apple tablet is the way to go.

Battery Life

According to Amazon, Kindle Fire allows eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off, which means wireless usage will affect the battery life even further. Apple iPad 2 wins out convincingly in this regard, as it can muster 10 hours of battery life even while surfing the Web, with WiFi on.

Apps Store

Start Kindle Fire, and you’ll be greeted by seven words – Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs, Apps, and Web. Each of them will offer you a virtual “bookshelf” of items stored on the device and a link to Amazon’s relevant store. It won’t support the Android Market.

iPad 2 supports the Apple App Store, which is considerably greater than that of the Amazon. It has over 100,000 apps tailored specifically for iPad, so without any doubt, the App Store is a clear winner.

Overall, though, there’s absolutely no comparison between the two. The iPad 2 is just insanely more polished in all facets when compared to Amazon’s tablet. It really makes you appreciate all of the work that Apple goes through to get their hardware and software performing just right.


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