How Kindle Fire stacks up against the iPad
A look at some of the major differences between Amazon.com Inc.'s tablet computer, the Kindle Fire, and Apple Inc.'s popular iPad: Price: The Kindle Fire, which connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi networks, costs $199. The iPad costs $499 to $829, depending on storage capacity and its wireless capabilities.
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Since: Nov 11
#2 Nov 14, 2011
I would buy one as a gift for someone only cause its cheap but i would not settle for one myself. The iPad is gonna be way faster than the fire and the apps for the iPad are unmatched by any company.
Just remember you get what you pay for. Amazon is on the right track but its far from the iPad which you will read in the reviews.
Since: Nov 11
#3 Nov 14, 2011
Joshua Topolsky for The Verge
The design of the Kindle Fire is anything but inspired.[...] It’s been speculated on (and more recently stated as fact by Barnes & Noble) that Amazon used the PlayBook reference design as the basis for the design of the Fire, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the design is necessarily bad — it’s just that it’s incredibly unoriginal.[...]
If you’re thinking about getting the Fire, you have to decide not just whether you want a tablet, but what kind of tablet you want. This isn’t an iPad-killer. It has the potential to do lots of things, but there are many things I have yet to see it do, and I wonder if it will get there given the lean software support.
Jon Phillips for WIRED
iPad killer? No, the Kindle Fire is not. And it doesn’t even match the iPad in web browsing, the one area in which its hardware should have sufficient performance to compete. But the press has definitely supercharged Amazon’s product launch with a level of hype and enthusiasm that would make Apple proud.
Lance Ulanoff for Mashable
This is a product I wanted to love. The Kindle Fire’s unveiling was so impressive. Jeff Bezos hitting all the right notes in true Jobsian fashion, telling the tale of a product vision so clear it made my eyes tear up. Instead, now I’m discovering it’s a somewhat flawed gadget — a product that literally does not always know which way is up.
David Pogue for The New York Times
Most problematic, though, the Fire does not have anything like the polish or speed of an iPad. You feel that $200 price tag with every swipe of your finger. Animations are sluggish and jerky — even the page turns that you’d think would be the pride of the Kindle team. Taps sometimes don’t register. There are no progress or “wait” indicators, so you frequently don’t know if the machine has even registered your touch commands. The momentum of the animations hasn’t been calculated right, so the whole thing feels ornery.
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