Amazon is taking steady aim at the Apple iPad with its Kindle Fire tablet announced today. At $199, the dual-core powered color tablet integrates cloud services, allows streaming of videos, music, and rentals and purchases of books and other media.
In terms of market penetration, the iPad has a heavy head-start. But when it comes to the nitty gritty details of what’s under the hood of these two devices, the new Kindle Fire tablet stacks up quite nicely. Amazon obviously is taking a hit on profits — if it is making any at all, based on what our Asian sources estimate it costs to build these. So Amazon will likely try to recoup lost profits via sales and rentals of media.
It’s a model analysts told our reporters could work — and vastly differentiates it from the hordes of tablet makers who’ve tried and failed to take a shot at the Apple iPad this year so far. Forrester reports Amazon’s tablet is the best contender yet to face the Apple iPad, especially considering the millions of users who already use Amazon as a shopping hub and have provided Amazon with email addresses and credit card info.
Here’s a quick look at the specs and how they compare. We’ve yet to do a hands-on review, but the chart below shows how the two compare hardware-wise. Data courtesy of Amazon and Apple. Email us and let you know what you think.
Amazon Kindle Fire
Apple iPad 2
|Storage Capacity||8GB||16GB, 32GB, or 64GB|
|SD Memory Expansion?||No||No|
|CPU||1GHz Dual Core TI OMAP 4430||1GHz dual-core Samsung A5|
|Screen Glass Composition||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Weight||14.6 ounces (0.9 lbs)||21.8 ounces (1.3 lbs)|
|Graphic Processing Unit||PowerVR SGX540 (40 MPolygons/s)||PowerVR SGX543MP2 (67 MPolygons/s)|
|Memory||512 MB||512 MB|
|Camera||None||VGA Front Webcam, 0.7 MP Rear|
|Touch Support||Multi-touch (2 fingers)||Multi-touch (10 fingers)|
|Display Size||7 inches||9.7 inches|
|Resolution||1024 x 600 @ 169 ppi, 16 M colors, 600 IPS||1024×768 @ 132 ppi, 16 M colors, 768 IPS|
|Expected Battery Life (apps + video)||7.5 hours||9.5 hours (8.5 on 3G model)|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, external speakers||3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, external speakers, microphone|
|USB Port||USB 2.0 micro-B connector||proprietary Apple connector|
|Connectivity||Wifi only||Wifi, 3G|
|Native Browser||Amazon Silk (new hi-perf browser)||Apple Safari|
|Native App Store||Android Market, Amazon App Store||Apple App Store|