Side by Side: Comparing the iPad 3 and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9”

If you’re a big reader and are searching for the right tablet to store all of your books, so to speak, the search shouldn’t be difficult. After all, there are only a few

tablets out there that are worth considering. For a long time, Apple has dominated the market with its iPad, but Amazon has recently entered the scene and changed the playing field with its Kindle. Now the question: should you go for the trusted stability and features of Apple, or should you risk it with the various offers and the cheaper price of the new Amazon gadgets? Find out in this article as we compare Apple’s latest, the iPad 3, and the newest Kindle tablet, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9”.
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Dimensions and Looks

When you compare the latest Kindle Fire and the iPad 3 side by side, you’ll notice that the latter is longer (by 0.05 inch), wider (by 0.81 inch), and thicker (by 0.2 inch).  It is also heavier (1.44 pounds compared to the Fire HD’s 1.25 pounds). This combination of measurement and weight is a factor that you may want to consider, especially if you plan to take the gadget with you anywhere

you go. The newest Kindle Fire is available only in black color while the newest iPad is offered in silver/black and silver/white.


Going deeper into the hardware and software of these two devices, you will find Android 4.0 behind the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” and iOS 5.1 powering the iPad 3. The iPad 3 still has better resolution and an advantage when it comes to graphics. However, whatever the new Fire lacks in this aspect, it makes up for when it comes to sound quality. It features better sound with its dual stereo speaker and its Dolby Digital Plus technology, a real edge over iPad 3’s single mono speaker. Both gadgets offer excellent video chat capability. But while both of them have a front-facing camera for this, only the iPad 3 has a rear-facing camera. So if you plan a reading-taking photos combo in your gadget, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” may not be convenient to use.

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After checking the specs and figures, we take a look at what awaits you once you get any of these gadgets. Both of them actually offer certain perks. Undeniably, Apple’s iOS 5.1 gives the iPad 3 access to more apps (up to 500,00). However, Amazon also has a lot in store for the Kindle Fire consumers. Among the most appealing are the Prime (which offers free movies) and the Kindle Lending Library (free reads!). These features may have some limitations outside US, but US residents will surely love these.


This is what really causes debate among fanatics—the price difference between the two gadgets is big. Price differs in terms of the feature/s incorporated in the device: WiFi only, 4G only, or both WiFi and 4G. When you look at the overall comparison, though, it’s easy to notice that the Fire HD 8.9” is cheaper by $200; its price is closer to that of the smaller 7-inch tablets. The only question that you have to answer is: does this amount equate to real value when you look at the features of the two devices? If you think it does, then the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ wins. One thing, though: the newest Kindle Fire comes with ‘Special Offers’ ads from Amazon (one thing that’s optional in previous models but comes standard in the newest Fire). However, if you don’t want them, you have the option to have them removed for $15.

Our Recommendations

If you’re a new user who wants to save some bucks, then there’s no question there: the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is for you. It’s also perfect if you plan to use your tablet mainly for reading. However, if you will be using your gadget for other activities that require the need for and use of more apps, then you may want to go for the iPad 3. This is also recommended for those who have already tried previous iPad models (and have loved what Apple has to offer) and are only looking to upgrade. And for choices, just check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and iPad 3 at Geekie Store.

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