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Kindle ruled the marked of E-Ink Readers, while Apple ruled the tablets market with the iPad. Late 2011, Amazon decided to release a 7″ tablet known as Kindle Fire priced at $199, which soon went on to capture about a quarter of the tablet market. Amazon and Apple avoided direct competition and catered to different markets. iPads dominated the market of 9″ tablets and those who didn’t mind spending a few bucks extra. Amazon catered to those who were price conscious and were looking for a table which could fit in their pockets.
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Late 2012, Amazon added a hell lot of features in Kindle Fire and launched it in direct competition with the iPad using the 8.9″ version of Kindle Fire HD. Apple is rumored to be working on a 7″ iPad (doing the rounds with the name iPad Mini) and is due to be released in November 2012.
Now that both Amazon and Apple already have or are likely to have a device in direct competition with each other, how do you decide which device is the best for you? Lets’ do a Kindle Fire HD vs iPad comparison and find out!
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad – Price
Kindle Fire HD is the clear winner when it comes to price. Amazon is targeting customers looking for the basic features of a tablet but not willing to pay Apple’s heftier price tag.
For $499, the cost of the lowest-end iPad (the 16GB, WiFi-only model), a buyer can get a 32GB version of the Fire HD with a 4G LTE connection on an upgraded cellular network. The 16GB version of the Fire HD is available at $299, or $200 less than the comparable iPad.
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad – Size
Kindle Fire is available in 7″ as well as 8.9″. The iPad stands at 9.7″ and is rumored to be working on introducing a 7″ iPad in November 2012.
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad – Display
Both tablets feature HD screens, although the details vary slightly.
The iPad’s “retina display” featured a total of 3.1 million pixels, with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. By contrast, the Fire HD measures 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, with custom features designed to reduce glare and improve color saturation.
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad – Data Plan
Kindle Fire 8.9″ has a 4G option available. The plan is attractively priced at $50 a year. But that price gets you only 250 MB of data per month, which is just bare minimum for a device designed in large part to stream movies and other media.
The $50 is well under what AT&T and Verizon charge for a year of data on the iPad. AT&T offers 250 MB per month @ $15 per month. So, AT&T users straightaway save $130 per year by switching to Kindle Fire HD instead of the iPad. Other data plans for iPad are 3GB @ $30 per month or 5GB @ $50 per month. Verizon offers a variety of plans, from 1GB of data per month for $20 (or $240 per year) all the way up to a massive 8GB per month for $80 ($960).
There are obviously lots of permutations of plans customers can seek out for iPads, based on carrier and special offers. It’s safe to say Amazon’s is going to be less expensive, although it offers a minimal amount of data.
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad – Apps
Apple is the clear leader in the case of apps. There are more than 225,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad. Many work to take advantage of its display and screen size. Add the more than a half-million apps that run on mobile devices and you’ve got a lot from which to choose.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD is more of a selling machine for Amazon. It is sold at almost no profit because Amazon knows that it can make a heck lot of money selling content and services afterwards. Amazon has lumped together more than 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines available from Amazon’s store.
Kindle Fire runs a modified version of Google’s Android operating system, it only runs apps available from Amazon. That cuts the number available down to several thousand — more than enough for many users, but nowhere near what the iPad offers.