Amazon released their highly anticipated “Ipad Killer” this week to the excitement of millions of people. With a $199 starting price, how can consumers justify purchasing the much more expensive Ipad 2? Lets dig in a little deeper to see if the Amazon kindle Fire is truly a better buy.
The first thing we noticed when we examined the Kindle Fire is that the onboard storage is significantly less. Amazon only offers 8gb which is towards the bottom of all tablets on the market. We also see that there is no camera, no microscope, no gyroscope, no 3g or 4g wireless (they only offer wifi). The screen is much smaller at 7″, although Amazon will release a 10″ in the future.
There are a few advantages to the Amazon Fire over the Ipad. They have an awesome e-book reader with a huge selection of e-books. Their Silk web browser uses Amazon’s servers to help with browsing. Plus they have some great streaming video options in their app store.
For people on a budget it’s worth investigating the Kindle Fire. For $199 you can have a decent media viewer that will offer you enough entertainment options to meet most people’s needs. At this point, I can’t say it’s an Ipad killer, but Amazon id definitely on the right track.