Kindle vs iPad – This two are excellent tablets that offer unparalleled reading and experience for its users. Both devices have their own strengths and drawbacks that make it highly difficult to point out which excels over the other. Let’s leave it to the discretion of the reader. In a relentless effort to offer maximum value, both devices are equipped with top of the line features and new impressive additions to attract readers.
Undoubtedly, both are great innovative pieces of technology and are two true wonders that leave the users gasping for breath. Let’s continue with our Kindle vs iPad Comparison and Review.
Kindle vs iPad Comparison
Let see the All New Kindle Paperwhite , Kindle Oasis, Apple iPad and iPad Mini 4 in a head to head comparison table.
Kindle vs iPad for reading
Kindle solely serves the purpose of reading, for hardcore readers it is the best option. Given the price range, it is highly affordable. On the other hand, iPad is a multipurpose, versatile device, has varied functions other than just reading and is best suited for occasional readers who wants more out of a tablet. Users cannot only read books, download and watch movies, play games, and access internet, but also use the iPad as a device that encompasses all capabilities of a netbook or a PC.
Given the attractive color settings in iPad, e-books, magazines and newspapers are pleasurable to read in iPad, however not suited for prolonged reading. Strains eyes easily. Kindle has crisp and clearly formatted text. Suited for extensive reading. It is also readable in direct light while iPad is not suitable for outdoors reading.
Functionalities – Kindle vs iPad
Kindle uses a break through e-ink technology to display its contents. It offers glare- free viewing that makes even outdoor reading possible. However, this gives it an edge as its competitor’s screen becomes dark and the text cannot be easily read in day light. E-ink technology produces a crisp, clear text in easily readable format.
iPad has a IPS display with a 9.7 inch color screen and aesthetically designed layout which gives it an advantage over most Kindle e-readers are black and white and do not have such rich color settings. Except for the new Kindle Fire, which comes with a color screen. The brightness, font size, etc can easily adjusted in both the devices. Both devices have powerful built in dictionary and in some of the Kindle version like DX, wiki screen pops out giving all information regarding a particular word or character. Both device provides note taking and search feature.
Navigation – Kindle vs iPad
Easily possible in iPad through its touch Screen, pages can be scrolled up and down and across by dragging the screen or tapping with finger. Only the Kindle Touch and Fire have a touch screen navigator. Other versions (3G, 1, 2, etc) use sliders and 4 way button for navigation. The two sliders given on each side of the Kindle allows scrolling of pages up and down.
Size – Kindle vs iPad
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 – Kindle vs iPad
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
Design – Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad
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 – iPad vs Kindle
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
Processor – Kindle vs Ipad
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
Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad – Storage
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
e-Books – Kindle vs iPad
Books on Apple iPad are downloaded from Apple iBookstore and books on Kindle can be downloaded from the Amazon Kindle store. Both the stores have huge stock of books ranging from Fiction, nonfiction , Science, Business, Comics, children books and also offer wide varieties of magazines and newspapers. There are over 20,000 e- books available for download on to an iPad whereas Kindle has over a huge 700,000 books available. Books for both can be located at numerous other websites and can be downloaded by paying a onetime fee as opposed to paying each time while buying a book on Apple store or Amazon. Books for iPad can only be read through an iPad or iPhone, on the contrary Kindle books can also be downloaded and read on smart phones and a computer using an app.
Formats – Kindle vs iPad
Both use their own native formats; iPad uses universal e-pub format whereas Kindle has AZW format. Nevertheless any other format like PDF, Jpeg, HTML, Plain Text, PNG, BMP etc can be easily converted to readable format in both the devices.
Kindle uses whispernet technology that allows sending and receiving of content easily. It allows contents to whisper sync and can be opened in any other device at the very same place where it was left opened.
Connectivity – Kindle vs iPad
Both have 3G and Wifi connectivity, highly useful for downloading books and other content even while travelling.
Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad – Price
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
What can you do on an iPad
- You can use the Microsoft Office suite to create documents, create presentations, share documents, create forms such as invoices and type, write or dictate notes.
- Host online video meetings.
- iPad 2 has two cameras, a back facing one which can be used for high definition video recording, or a front facing one which can be used as a still camera and face to face video calls – ideal for calling home or for business use. The video can be used to link up and share your happening moments in real time.
- You can edit your videos using the iMovie app. When you shoot a new video with your Apple iPad, it is automatically sent to iMovie for editing where you can insert photos, text and graphics combine and edit clips, add a soundtrack or sound effects and more.
- Read and send emails.
- Surf the Internet using the Safari browser and with the new, improved iOS 4.3 operating system and 1GHz dual core processor the iPad 2 is faster than iPad 1, with graphics being up to nine times faster.
- Use iTunes Home Sharing to access the musical content from your iTunes library anywhere in the house via your Mac or PC via Wi-Fi.
- Stream videos through AirPlay to the big screen.
- Use video mirroring to connect your iPad to a high definition TV which will then mirror what is on the iPad screen in whichever orientation you hold it.
- Automatically synch between all of your Apple devices using iCloud. Download a song or take a photo on one and it appears on any others.
iPad other features – Kindle vs iPad
- You can use the side switch on the iPad to lock in the screen orientation or use it as a mute switch.
- Your iPhone 4 can be used as a Wi-Fi access point for other Wi-Fi devices – this is a really cool feature and one that I have accessed via my android phone when we kept losing our Internet connection.
- More than 140,000 apps to chose from.
- The magnetic cover which comes in 10 different colours, can be folded back to make a stand which will hold the iPad at an angle for typing or upright for viewing movies. As soon as the cover is lifted the iPad “wakes up” and goes back into sleep mode as soon as the cover is placed back. This is a great prop for business presentations and I was most impressed the first time that I saw it.
What can you do on Kindle Fire
- In the Kindle vs iPad debate, it is important to keep in mind exactly which each device was created for, and Kindle Fire is primarily an ebook reader but with a lot of other cool features.
- You can choose from millions of ebooks; best sellers, comic books, magazines, newspapers, children’s books and classics including thousands of free books. The low cost of the books, even has been a great bonus for this book lover!
- You can read and send emails using Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail AOL etc as well as email Word and PDF documents to your device for reading.
- Surf the Internet using the ultra fast Amazon Silk, the cloud-accelerated web browser. Kindle Fire also has a 1GHz dual core processor same as iPad 2.
- Stream your music from Amazon Cloud Drive or download songs and listen to them on Kindle Fire. There are 18 million songs to choose from in the Amazon store.
- Store your digital content in the cloud using Amazon Cloud – books, movies, music and apps can be downloaded or streamed instantly.
- Amazon Whispersync allows you to sync you library with more than one device – last page read, notes, bookmarks and highlights. Kindle Fire also syncs videos with your TV.
Kindle Fire other features – Kindle vs iPad
- The Kindle Fire display has been chemically toughened to make it 20 times more rigid and 30 times more hard-wearing than plastic. Such durability makes it extra resistant to accidental knocks and bumps – it’s an ideal device for children!
- Thousands of the most popular apps available including a paid app for free every day.
- When you purchase Kindle Fire you receive a free month of Amazon Prime. This monthly membership includes unlimited, instant streaming of more than 10,000 TV shows and movies, access to thousands of Kindle books through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and free two-day shipping on millions of articles purchased through the Amazon.com store. This is an outstanding feature in Kindle vs iPad if you watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books and/or buy from Amazon.com.
iPad Pros – Kindle vs iPad
The Apple iPad is a versatile mini computer and a great resource for people who need to travel and want to conveniently take their business with them.
- 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.
- 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.
- iPad 2 comes with two camera, front and back. The Kindle Fire does not have a camera.
iPad Cons – Kindle vs iPad
- One of the main disappointments of the iPad is that, because of its slimline design, there are still no USB or SD card ports.
- To use FaceTime you will need a FaceTime-enabled Mac with an Internet connection or a FaceTime-enabled iOS device with a Wi-Fi connection. In other words you will need to connect to another Apple product.
- It is quite a large device for taking photos and videos, but it does have a really comprehensive editing suite.
- iCloud does not store your purchased videos
Kindle Fire Pros – Kindle vs iPad
- Kindle is light enough to hold in one hand so great for reading.
- Amazon Prime members can borrow books as well as stream thousands of popular TV shows and movies.
- Apps for Kindle allow Kindle content to be used on just about any other devices including all Apple devices which makes Amazon content a lot more versatile.
- The Kindle Fire is 46% lighter than the iPad 2 at xxx ounces.
- 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.
Kindle Fire Cons – Kindle vs iPad
Not as versatile for business purposes
Kindle vs iPad
- Kindle is affordable whereas iPad is a little more expensive.
- Kindle is lighter weight, thinner, more compact and more portable.
- Books are cheaper on Kindle store compared to Apple Store.
- With the full backing of AT&T, the 3G and Wifi connectivity in the iPad is much more powerful. Also, it currently is the only one to have blue tooth capabilities.
- Compared to iPad’s 10 hours battery life, Kindles tend to have better battery life. Some of which is said to last over a month.
- More applications are available on iPad whereas Kindle has fewer options.
Bottom line – Kindle vs iPad
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.
When Amazon finally introduced the much awaited Kindle Fire, in the flurry of the initial excitement, many claimed that it would be competition for iPad 2 (this author included). However comparing Kindle vs iPad, is a little like comparing apples with an oranges. They are both beautiful devices in their own right, with wonderful innovative technology but they both serve quite different purposes. Only you can decide which one is the best for you in the Kindle vs iPad hot debate!
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Last update on 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API