It’s tough to compare one of the top e-readers to the all-around heavyweight champ on the market. Still, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to do it.
Kindle Fire HD
|Best Price Available||Amazon||Amazon|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536||1280 x 800|
|Weight||23.35 oz||13.9 oz|
|Built-In Storage||16 GB||16 GB|
|Internet Browser||Safari||Amazon Silk|
|Camera||5MP & 1.2MP||1.3MP|
The Kindle Fire HD 7” is more entertainment tablet than ordinary e-reader. It features X-Ray, which goes behind the scenes of the entertainment on the screen, Dolby digital speakers with stunning sound, and a 1.3MP front camera with video calling capabilities. Additionally, the Kindle Fire brings FreeTime integration, which allows you to control the entertainment your kids enjoy by time and subject.
Unfortunately for the Amazon tablet and its impressive showing, the iPad comes with that much more. An A6X processor is responsible for its mind-boggling speeds. FaceTime HD can now be achieved with the Apple tablet’s new and improved front and rear iSight cameras. And Apple’s app store has just under 400,000 applications, giving buyers hundreds of thousands of options more than the Kindle.
The 4th generation iPad retailed for $499 upon its reveal. And even now, after the release of the iPad Air, you’re still going to be paying at least $400.
The Kindle Fire HD, on the other hand, is a fraction of the price at just $199.
With a 1280 x 800 resolution, the Kindle is a pleasure to look at. Movies, TV shows, just images in general really stand out when compared to most economy tablets.
But the iPad 4 is no economy device, and its Retina display has no equal. With a screen that’s more than 2” larger than the Kindle’s and a sharper display resolution at 2048 x 1536, it’s simply the most impressive tablet you can set your eyes upon.
Apple devices have become the face of simplicity in technology, and iOS 7 has raised that already-high bar. As with any previous operating system, you just point and press to download or enter apps, use the home button for returns, and any other issue can easily be solved in the General Settings app.
But the Kindle is comparably easy. You’ve got a notifications pull-down menu, a customizable media carousel, and a trending topics tab. In terms of comparison, I’d say this category is a stalemate.
As with most tablets and e-readers, Apple and Amazon offer the bare minimum by ways of warranty. Only a 1-year limited guarantee is made by the two companies, but extended warranties at retail stores and other online sources are abundant and easy to come by.
Which Is Best?
The Kindle is a great tablet for the price. Its easiness is first rate. But neither of these benefits is enough to oust the importance or impression of Retina display, the extra hundreds of thousands of apps, or the HD cameras of the far more stunning iPad 4.