Clear Winner in Kindle Fire vs. iPad

Kindle Fire hasn’t exactly changed the landscape of digital notepads, nor has it appreciably challenged the iPad in this domain, but for the price tag of $200 it’s hard not to at least consider the device. Looking closer, it’s easy to see where that extra money didn’t go. The technical differences between the Kindle Fire and the Apple iPad are stark: Fire is significantly cheaper, $200 vs. the iPad’s $500-$830 price tag; the Fire offers 8 GB of storage vs. iPad’s 16-64 GB; the Fire has a smaller screen size and weighs less; it runs on Android software (which could impact your home networking capabilities if your other PCs run on iOS); and Apple has 50 times more apps and two cameras, compared to Kindles zero.

But we all knew the iPad is better, it’s just a matter of how much better, and whether the Fire’s many mitigating factors completely undermine its affordability. To be sure, it’s not all bad news for Kindle fanatics. The Fire is a substantial upgrade on the franchise. It’s size makes it more portable than other notepads and the device offers full-color for viewing magazines and comics, as opposed to the monochrome text-only format of the original. Speaking of comics, users will now have cool options like accessing comics from the Comixology app instead of directly from Amazon. Fire also allows Hulu and Netflix streaming, making it a much better option for mobile video streams than previous Kindle products. The problem is, this is about the extent of any advantage over iPad, and none of these factors are truly advantages.

The reality is that, yes, Kindle Fire offers a color screen, but it also drains your battery through a straw. And, yes, you can stream video and store Amazon content for free, but if you want to download movies onto your notepad, you’re not going to get a dozen deep before you pretty much run completely out of storage. The cheapest iPad offers double the storage space, which might not justify spending the extra $300 if you weren’t provided with a memory slot for additional storage cards. Fire doesn’t offer this. Nor does it offer cellular network use or third party books (anything not sold by Amazon).

For these reasons, it’s a bit up in the air as to whether Kindle Fire’s affordability make it a better option. Some might argue it’s worth spending the extra money for a more worthwhile mobile device. You don’t necessarily have to jump straight up to the iPad. Some e-book readers are preferring the Nook tablet, which though it’s lacking in the app department, has twice the memory and storage of the Fire for only $50 more. Do more research to find out what works best for you.

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