I have written about the iPad a number of times. One of my followers, Michael, is considering taking the plunge and buying a tablet. He wanted to know the differences between an iPad and a Kindle. So here we go Michael. Not that I am trying to influence you in any way but Apple sold about a gagillion new iPads since the new one launched. Not that I am trying to pressure you in any way or influence your decision 🙂
Headline – Two completely different products. The new iPad with it’s coolness factor, new retina display, apps, and overall capabilities including as a reading device, etc. is a game changer but not as friendly to your budget while the Kindle Fire is more budget-friendly and primarily serves as a reading device. So let’s take a look at the various factors to consider when you’re looking for your next tablet:
Media Content and Reading Experience
Both the new iPad and the Kindle Fire offer awesome content.
Amazon offers more than 100,000 movies and TV shows to rent or buy, and Amazon Prime users can access unlimited free streaming for over 10,000 titles; Apple offers no such program. The iTunes store has more than 15,000 movies and 90,000 TV episodes. Both Amazon and Apple tout music collections nearing 20 million songs. Impressive.
When it comes to the music, Apple has the benefit of iTunes, with special features like Genius and iTunes Match. Amazon allows a little more breathing room for playback on other devices; from phones to other tablets to internet-enabled TVs. Apple is more restrictive, limiting media to its own devices.
Then there are books, newspapers, and magazines. Amazon’s selection is superior, but since you can get the Kindle App for your iPad, there really is no advantage there. The iPad retina display, with its 264 pixels per inch, game changer and not on the Fire
A quick summary for you:
The iPad offers 4G LTE connectivity. Both access all wireless hot spots of course so you need to decide if you want the data plan on the iPad as this will add additional costs
If you want your new tablet to replace your digital camera, then the iPad’s new 5-megapixel camera will be a big factor. No camera on The Kindle Fire. Battery life will likely be longer on the iPad too, but that’s because it’s a bigger tablet that can house a bigger battery.
Software and Apps
The Amazon Appstore is very good, with thousands of choices, but it can’t compare with the more than 170,000 native iPad apps in the Apple App Store.
It’s hard to argue with the simplicity and elegance of Apple’s iOS. It is just better.
Pricing and Value
The Kindle Fire costs $199, while the entry level 16GB iPad will cost $499. If your intentions are purely casual, like light Web browsing, email, and Angry Birds, then the Kindle Fire will likely suffice. But if you want your tablet to replace your laptop, or at least come close, the iPad is more powerful, feature rich, and offers a superior, tablet-optimized app selection.
Both great products. Time to decide which one is right for you.