Six Ways the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire Are Different

Most of you who read the articles here at LockerGnome consider yourselves technology aficionados, keenly aware of the major differences between the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Apple iPad. However, some consumers are not aware that Amazon is coming out with a tablet model and this article is written for those consumers who are pondering their tablet computing future.

Many consumers do not have the $500 to plunk down on a new Apple iPad tablet computer. A woman I encountered last week was questioning if I knew of an inexpensive tablet computer, priced at under $250, that would provide basic services such as the ability to surf the Internet, check her email, and play her favorite games. At this moment, the only device that I know of that will fit this order will not be available until November 15th, 2011. At that time, Amazon will be introducing its new Amazon Kindle Fire, which is touted as being an inexpensive answer to the Apple iPad. So how does one explain why the new Amazon Kindle Fire is so different from the most popular tablet computer on the planet, the Apple iPad?

Well, after giving some thought as to the similarities and differences between the two brands, I realized that their most obvious distinction rested in how different they are, not their similarities. In my personal opinion, here are some of the major differences that consumers need to be aware of.

  • Price: Apple iPad’s $500 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire’s $200 is the biggest difference, and the one I believe will drive Amazon Kindle Fire’s success.
  • Size: The Apple iPad screen is approximately 10″, while the Amazon Kindle Fire screen is approximately 7″.
  • Storage capabilities: Amazon is going to rely on the cloud to store the majority of a user’s information, whereas Apple relies on the storage capabilities of the device itself for many of the functions it performs. That difference means that less hardware storage equals a lower price tag for the Kindle Fire.
  • 3G: Currently Amazon offers a Wi-Fi only model, while Apple is offering both Wi-Fi and 3G models.
  • Cameras: The Amazon Kindle Fire will be cameraless. Apple has two cameras on its iPad 2 model tablet.
  • Operating Systems: The Apple iPad uses its iOS system, which is a slick design and easy to operate compared to the Amazon Kindle Fire, which will feature a variant of the Android system that has a capable, feature-rich OS system. What makes the Android system attractive to me are the number of applications that are offered — many free for the choosing.

So, while there are many more hardware and function features in which the two tablets differ, it is my humble opinion that the tablets listed above will be the most notable the ones that will influence the average consumer’s choice when deciding which system they will purchase.

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