As tech aficionados everywhere will be well aware already, one of the defining battles in the tablet computer field is that between the Kindle Fire and the iPad 3. There’ll be those who can’t help themselves and have to have both, but for those of us who simply don’t have the option to go splashing out on every new gadget and gizmo that hits the market, it’s well worth taking a look at the various pros and cons of each device. While both certainly have their advantages, let’s see which emerges on top from this particular comparison.
As you might expect, the iPad 3 is faster, lighter and thinner than the previous additions to the best-selling iPad series – as well as being more powerful. Apple’s devoted fans have no doubt made their minds up already, but that’s not to say that the Kindle Fire doesn’t have plenty going for it. The Kindle Fire’s HD front-facing camera is a particular plus point, easily beating the iPad 3’s VGA camera. However, the iPad has the added bonus of having a camera in the back as well, which the Kindle Fire lacks.
In terms of screen size, the iPad 3 is the clear winner of the two, coming with a 9.7in screen as opposed to the Kindle Fire’s 7in effort. It goes without saying that this makes it that bit easier to read text and discern images on the iPad 3, whereas it might take a little more effort using the Kindle Fire – particularly if your eyesight isn’t all that great, which it might not be if you’ve been a dedicated tech enthusiast for years. However, there’s also the Kindle Fire HD, which offers an 8.9in screen competitive with that of the iPad 3.
The iPad 3 is clearly the weightier of the two devices, weighing in at 1.33lbs as opposed to the Kindle Fire HD 7, which weighs 0.87lb. The 8.9in screen edition of the Fire, however, weighs 1.25lb, although this is obviously still less than the iPad 3. When it comes to storage, the two devices are pretty much neck and neck. Both go up to a maximum of 64GB, while even the basic Kindle Fire HD 7 offers a hefty 32GB worth of space – which should be more than ample for relatively casual users.
Of course, the one category that most people are interested in above all is price. The 7in Kindle Fire HD device will set UK consumers back £159, with the lower-end Kindle Fire available at £129. This is some way cheaper than the £329 iPad 3, or indeed the Google Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 2, both of which are available for £199. It goes without saying that Apple’s fan base is renowned for its devotion to the brand, and will no doubt think relatively little of the price disparity – but the Kindle Fire offers comparable performance at a lower price, and that might just tilt matters in its favour with the more casual consumer.