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Can Amazon Kindle Fire Match Apple iPad 2?

Following the recent launch of Amazon’s touchscreen tablet computer as the latest tablet to take on Apple’s iPad, we compare both devices and wonder whether the Kindle Fire is THE ONE to dislodge the iPad from the top of the tablet tree. Already, the Kindle Fire has many similarities with the iPad but then there is also the remarkable difference in price. Whilst the original Amazon Kindle is a simple ebook reader, Kindle Fire tablet comes with extra features such as the ability to play music, games and movies.

Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad

One of the first things that comes to mind when you compare Amazon’s Kindle Fire with the iPad is downloads. Whilst Kindle Fire users will have over over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books and magazines to choose from via Amazon website and Android App store, iPad users can still count on the ever reliable Apple iTunes store for movies, music, ebooks as well as over 90,000 apps.

Kindle Fire Apple iPad
Price $199 (£128) $499 to $829 (£399 to £659)
Dimensions 7.5in x 4.7 in x 0.45in 9.5in x 7.5in x 0.3in
Weight 14.6oz 21.3oz
Touchscreen 7in full colour 9.7in full colour
Web connection WiFi only Wifi and 3G mobile
Browser Amazon Silk Mobile Safari
Cameras None Front and back
Battery life 8hrs 7hrs 30min
Capacity 8GB 16GB-64GB
Operating system
Google Android Apple iOS 4.3

The Kindle Fire is expected to be available in the United States from 15 November while no launch date has yet been announce for the United Kingdom, Asia and Europe.

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  1. reeha

    September 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    great difference between prices but needs to search more about these mobile because I Pad is providing best features.

  2. Nikki

    September 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Well, if we take a look at the price, Kindle Fire seems like a good alternative to iPad. But iPad has really established itself in the market so I think it will still be at the top of the game.

    • Admin

      September 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

      But for how long? With so many competitors one can no longer be too sure about that.

      • Danny

        October 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        Apple taking out the main competitor Samsung was a clear statement that Apple will do whatever they can (no matter how low or immoral) to keep the tablet market cornered. Which is sad, and I don’t believe that the kindle fire is a direct competitor.
        It is just more competition in the lower segment of tablets.
        It just misses too many functions to compete.

        But I do believe it is a great little tablet. And Amazon really is building Kindle into a world renown name.

  3. jewel

    September 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I Pad is providing best features.Well, if we take a look at the price..Thank you for sharing this great post!

  4. briant

    September 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I think it has a chance to knock off the ipad, much of the people who can’t afford the ipad will turn to the next best option to similarly have some of it’s features.. I’d like to see how things will work out for the amazon kindle fire..

  5. terry

    October 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Hmm.. I maybe one of those persons to turn to this one.. 😉

  6. kevin

    October 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I like the amazon kindle fire.. pretty innovative for them to come up with it, I like it mainly because it is economical and not that regular a gadget because of it’s many features..

  7. joe

    October 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    While Ipad still have better specs.. I think the kindle fire will have it’s share of customers as well..

  8. IQ

    October 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Looks like that only features on the kindle that beat the iPad 2 is weight and battery power.

  9. Jhon

    October 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    With support from amazon, I think the Kindle has many advantages. For ebook lovers, kindle can access amazon’s books. it’s the most important

  10. Ted

    October 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The Amazon Kindle has definitely got the potential to outsell the iPad at this price but it probably won’t compete directly with the iPad. The iPad has a wider range of features and the larger screen size makes it more suitable as an alternative to a laptop on the road. The Kindle Fire is much more about consuming Amazon’s digital content and it’s a smaller 7-inch format. This means it will be a great mobile device but probably not for creating content.

    Ultimately the Kindle Fire will sell at this price and it will be interesting to see if Amazon will follow it up with a 9- to 10-inch tablet in the near future that will compete directly with the iPad.

  11. lilo9412

    October 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    i think kindle fire is more suitable for reading so some of the people who like reading will decide to buy one

  12. Katie

    January 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I think the Kindle will definitely have it’s market, but the iPad will still remain king just because of it’s abilities.

  13. hoang nguyen

    March 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I own both, iPad and Fire, you really cant compare the two, apples and oranges ( pun intended), as they have different functionalities and motives. I think that the average joe/grandma would be fine with paying about $300 less and getting basic tablet experience browsing/email/reading done with the Kindle.

    Obviously the Kindle is not out to revolutionize technology much like the iPad did, but it serves a basic purpose and serves it quite well for a low cost.

  14. Rita Dawson

    April 30, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Both are good in their respective ways. And I think they can’t be compared. But let’s see what happens.

  15. MelanieAnderson

    September 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    You know what? I just love you! You are always so informative, and every one of your posts seems to address something that I have been thinking about in the days that have passed.

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