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Kindle Fire Introduction
With Amazon unveiling its much-anticipated Kindle Fire on Wednesday. Within the nearly 18 months since the iPad went on sale, tablet rivals have come and gone. However Apple's system has remained dominant.
Amazon's new entry, though, may be different. Instead of crafting an iPad carbon copy and asking consumers to decide on between them, they've pushed out a stripped-down and simplified gadget that sells for much less than the iPad 2 whereas skimping on some of that pill's features.
In case you're in the market for a tablet, though, here is the true query: Which one, if either, is right for you?
We will not say for positive, since we have not gotten our palms on one yet. (Amazon didn't let reporters demo them at Wednesday's launch event.)
This is a take a look at how the two gadgets stack up in some key areas.
Apple's higher costs make the Fire's price tag look like, nicely, a Fire sale.
At $199, the Kindle Fire will be a full $300 cheaper than the bottom-priced iPad 2. That is presumably a better entry point for people who are intrigued by the iPad however can't justify spending $500 for a portable laptop once they already have a smartphone and a laptop.
One motive iPad rivals have had a tough time catching on is that, to make a revenue, they're priced about the identical as Apple's hit machine, which prices $499 to $829, depending on storage capacity and 3G capability. That being the case, the majority of consumers have caught with the market leader.
For evidence of the facility of a cheaper price point, though, look no additional than HP's "dead" TouchPad tablet, which the corporate announced it was discontinuing last month. The corporate slashed costs to $ninety nine for a 16GB model and $149 for a 32GB one, and they all of the sudden flew off the cabinets (so much so that HP truly made extra to fill the demand).
The Fire's $199 sticker may appeal to oldsters who wish to get their child a tablet however hesitate at shelling out $500 or extra for one thing which may get dropped into a puddle.
There's a fairly clear difference here. The iPad has a 9.7-inch display, in contrast with a 7-inch screen on the Kindle Fire.
That display measurement is probably a big purpose Amazon can offer its pill at $199 -- touchscreens are costly to make. However with smartphone display sizes inching ever-larger (the just-introduced Samsung Galaxy Notice will clock in at 5.three inches) the Fire ends up being a bit of a "tweener."
That is most likely no large deal for some users. But when watching motion pictures or enjoying games is an enormous purpose you want a pill, larger is clearly better.
On the flip aspect, the Fire is smaller and 50% lighter than the iPad, and Amazon says it's "straightforward to hold in one hand." This may occasionally enchantment to some customers who wish to take their tablet on the go.
The Kindle Fire is definitely scaled again from the iPad 2 in several ways.
The Fire would not have a camera. For shutterbugs, which may not be such an enormous deal, as many of us discover it easier to shoot images on smartphones than tablets anyway. However it additionally means apps like Apple's video chat service, FaceTime, will not be replicated on Amazon's offering.
The Fire also doesn't have a microphone, so voice recording and Skype-type chat are out.
And the Fire is Wi-Fi-only, which suggests customers will be able to surf the Net and obtain content material (like books from Amazon) only when they have a connection. The iPad also is available in 3G models, albeit at a better price. (The 3G version of the low-finish 16GB iPad 2 jumps to $629, not together with the month-to-month information plan).
The Kindle Fire guarantees eight hours of battery life, versus 10 hours for the iPad 2.
Finally, the Fire has only 8GB of storage (compared with the iPad 2's backside finish at 16GB) however makes up for it by providing free cloud storage on Amazon's gargantuan bank of servers.
The Fire will run on a modified model of Google's Android operating system. Which means users could have access to a number of thousand apps in Amazon's app retailer for Android. The iPad, after all, has access to greater than 425,000 apps in the Apple Store. So, benefit iPad on this one.
Amazon has, of course, optimized the Fire for its own content, like streaming motion pictures, e-books and music. It additionally will include a 30-day free take a look at Amazon Prime, the corporate's premier service that provides free two-day shipping of products from Amazon.com and free streaming from a library of more than eleven,000 motion pictures and TV shows.
On the surface, each tablets seem like good options for people who simply need a fundamental portable computer for light Internet browsing and content material consumption. The iPad has a confirmed observe report and more bells and whistles, though that $199 Kindle Fire value is bound to tempt consumers.
The Fire doesn't go on sale until November 15, so you may have plenty of time to learn reviews of the system by then.
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