The Kindle Fire will be hitting doormats near you in November, and is the biggest challenger the dominant iPad 2 has seen so far - we compare the specs below, ahead of our full review coming soon!
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 screen:
The iPad 2 sports a 9.7-inch touchscreen, which easily outstrips the Kindle Fire’s 7-inch LCD touchscreen on scale alone, although many argue that a smaller form factor is easier in the hand. Both feature multi-touch, although the iPad 2 supports ten points of contact, while the Kindle Fire is restricted to two. The Kindle Fire also fronts a Gorilla Glass coating.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 processor:
Both the tablets are fired by dual-core processors, with the iPad 2 running a dual core A5 CPU built by ARM, while the Kindle Fire is reportedly running a Texas Instruments ARM-based dual-core OMAP CPU, although Amazon hasn’t confirmed this.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 weight:
An easy win for the smaller tablet here, with the iPad 2 coming in at a heavyweight 680g. The Kindle Fire weighs 413g.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 connectivity:
The Kindle Fire will not be available in a 3G version for the moment, leaving the iPad 2 unchallenged in non-wifi connectivity.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 Battery life:
The Kindle Fire claims to have 8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours video playback, while the iPad 2 claims around about ten hours, and generally delivers too, depending on what you’re using it for.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 storage:
The iPad 2 fires up 512MB or RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB onboard storage. The Kindle Fire has a comparatively small 8GB onboard.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 price:
This is where the Kindle Fire really romps home – at $199 in the US (£129), this is one of the cheapest tablets on the market, and backed by Amazon’s delivery smarts, it’s a compelling combination. The market-leading iPad 2 starts at £399 for the basic model.
Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 verdict:
Until we've seen the Kindle Fire in action it's far too early to call, but it's certain that the new contender will make a big splash. The price is right, and if it proves competent it'll be one of the biggest hits this Xmas.