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Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad 2 Comparison and Review

Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad.

Since the launch of the Kindle Fire Tablet in November 2011, and its subsequent extraordinary sales figures, commentators have sought to compare the Kindle Fire vs the Apple iPad 2.

A like-for-like comparison of the Kindle Fire and the Apple iPad 2 is too simplistic as there is simply no denying that the iPad 2 is a far more capable tablet.

A far more worthwhile question to explore is whether the advantages of the Apple iPad 2 justify spending an additional dollars upfront? Let’s compare the key features of both tablets with this in mind and identify which tablet is the best option based on each customers intended use.


For those of us on a budget or those who are prepared to live without some of the nice-to-have features found on the Apple iPad 2, then the Kindle Fire is a clear winner here. It will be interesting to see in future versions of both tablets whether Apple will reduce their cost to better compete against the Kindle Fire or if indeed Amazon will be forced to up it’s prices once some issues from the first generation Fire are resolved in future versions. For now, it’s Kindle Fire all the way on price.

🏆 Winner: Kindle Fire


At 21.28 ounces the Apple iPad is almost 50% heavier than the 14.6 ounces Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire has a smaller 7 inch screen compared to the 9.7 inch iPad 2 screen. This one is really a matter of users taste but for me the Kindle Fire is the clear winner here as I like to take my tablet with me most of the time so the fact that it can sit comfortably in my coat jacket and does not weigh me down makes it the winner on size for me.

🏆 Winner: Kindle Fire

Battery Life

The Kindle Fire battery will last up to 8 hours but the iPad 2 boasts up to 10 hours continuous use including Wi-Fi so the iPad 2 is the clear winner here.

🏆 Winner: Apple iPad 2


Apple’s design of products is second to none in my opinion so the Kindle Fire never stood a chance of matching the clean and crisp appearance of the iPad 2. That said, the Kindle Fire is neat and tidy and does not look or feel cheap despite the fact that it is indeed cheap.

🏆 Winner: Apple iPad 2

Operating System

The Kindle Fire runs on a heavily customized Android operating system which Amazon have developed to restrict Kindle Fire user’s from taking advantage of the huge amount of free Android content available. The iPad 2 runs on the iOS which is very easy to operate and navigate with. The failure of Amazon’s Silk Browser to live up to expectations and the fact that only a fraction of Android apps are compatible to the Kindle Fire’s custom operating system make the iPad 2’s iOS the winner here.

🏆 Winner: Apple iPad 2


Both the Kindle Fire and the Apple iPad 2 run on a dual-core ARM processor so both tablets are evenly matched in processor power.

🏆 Winner: Tie


The Apple iPad 2 can be bought with 16 / 32 / 64 GB options depending on how much you are willing to spend. The Kindle Fire comes with 6 GB of usable memory but Amazon do offer unlimited cloud storage for content purchased through Amazon.

🏆 Winner: Tie

Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad 2 Conclusions

The key question is not whether the iPad 2 is a superior tablet to the Kindle Fire. There is no denying it is. The key question is what do you intend to use your tablet for once you have purchased it? Based on your answer to this question you should now be able to quickly identify the tablet best suited to your needs.

If you are leaning towards the Kindle Fire you’ll be happy to know:

The Kindle Fire is $300 cheaper than the cheapest iPad 2 model.
The Kindle Fire has a better screen display than the iPad 2, with 28% more pixel density.
The Kindle Fire is 46% lighter than the iPad 2 at xxx ounces.
The Kindle Fire comes with inbuilt Flash support but the iPad 2 does not.
Amazon content is not limited to the Kindle Fire but Apple content is limited to Apple devices.
However, if you have a larger budget then the iPad 2 should be considered:

There is a significantly larger number of applications available for the iPad 2.
The iPad 2 can be purchased with up to 64GB of memory compared to the Kindle’s 8GB.
The iPad 2 comes with two camera, front and back. The Kindle Fire does not have a camera.
The iPad 2 battery lasts up to 25% longer than the Kindle Fire.
The iPad 2 offers 3G in some models. The Kindle Fire doesn’t.
To conclude the Kindle Fire is best suited to users who have a limited budget, do not feel they will use their tablet enough to justify spending $500+, do not wish to be tied into a contract, use Amazon as their main digital content (books / movies / music) provider, will not be creating or editing media or documents, will use the tablet predominantly within wireless range, don’t intend to store a lot of media directly on the tablet and / or will be using the tablet as an entertainment device.

While the Apple iPad 2 Tablet is best suited to those who can afford a larger budget, have no issues with signing up to a contract, buy most content from Apple, intend to create and edit media and documents, are more comfortable with the iPad’s larger size, prefer to store media locally, are accustomed to using Apple Products and / or intend using their tablet for more than entertainment purposes.

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