There was a time not too long ago when the iPad was the knock down drag out heavyweight champion in the world of tablet computers. Well, a young upstart has thrashed its way through a couple tomato cans and has now become the #1 contender to Apple’s thrown. The Kindle Fire has fine-tuned their operating system and has gotten the backing of some exclusive industry giants in their corner. Still, there’s no sign of Apple throwing in the white towel but is the Kindle Fire really in the same league as the iPad?
Round 1 – The Feel
Just like two boxers will feel each other out in the first round to get a feel of what they’re dealing with, the first thing you’ll take into account when comparing the Fire to the iPad is the outward feel. If this were a tale of the tape, the result would have to be a draw. The latest Kindle Fire HD offers an 8.9” screen compared to the iPad’s traditional 9.7”. Neither one of these devices really fits comfortably in a pocket unless you’re wearing M.C. Hammer parachute cargo pants and the difference in screen size really isn’t noticeable unless the devices are side by side. The winner of this bout will be decided in the later rounds.
Score Kindle 1 iPad 1
Round 2 – Performance
Obviously, iPad runs on the Apple iCloud settings whereas Kindle runs on an Amazon backed server. At this point in the game, Apple’s technologies are just too far ahead in the terms of processing time and download speeds. Once again if the same two devices were standing side by side on the same network, the iPad would be noticeably quicker and unanimously wins this round.[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0083Q04IQ” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E5nQoXRyL._SL160_.jpg” width=”109″]
Kindle 1 iPad 2
Round 3 – Content
As the Kindle is an Amazon based product, book and movie lovers will love the content that is directly built into Amazon.com. The iPad offers much of the similar content available from iTunes, if not more music and podcast choices. Whichever device a person chooses, there’s plenty of ways to get their favorite shows for viewing including Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu. The factor that gives this round to the iPad is the bountiful surplus of apps available through the iTunes store. Most app developers wet their ears by coding on the Apple operating system and thus there is just a huge variety of content available for the iPad.
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Kindle 1 iPad 3
Round 4 – Price
The Kindle is in a dangerously close spot for a knockout so they break out their big gun while they still have a chance. The $299 price is perhaps the biggest factor in getting Kindle this championship title fight compared to the iPad’s $499 PLUS ticket. Both tablets offer the basic social networking and email capacities as well as streaming content and if that’s all your usage consists of, it’s just economically feasible to go with the Kindle.
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Kindle 2 iPad 3
Round 5 – Intangibles
[easyazon-link asin=”B0083Q04IQ” locale=”us”]The Kindle Fire[/easyazon-link] comes out fighting as the new HD version has upped it’s storage from 8GB to an iPad matching 16GB. Another intangible that puts Kindle in the lead in this round is the ability to share its content on a number of platforms. Basically, if you have a Kindle you can access your movies, music, etc. on a Kindle or an iPad while Apple products are usually available on fellow Apple devices. This in some way is a proponent for the iPad as many families want to keep their content streamlined and if they already own an iPhone and iPod Touch the next integration is an iPad. Also, tech support is more readily available through the iPad as Apple stores or recognized distributors can usually be found in your local mall. This round is a draw as well.
Judges Kindle 3 iPad 4
As with almost anything, you can score this bout directly based on what your needs for the new tablet are. If you could care less about iTunes or apps like Social Girl then save yourself a couple hundred dollars and go with the Kindle. If you’re connected at all times and value your time and browsing speed but also want a more personalized experience, shell out some extra money and enjoy your new iPad.
That raps up this bout, the Kindle already has a steak over it’s eye to reduce the swelling and is ready to make a run at the Tablet Title when they release their newest operating platform…we’ll be here when they do.