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Apple iPad (Gen 3) Tablet Review$499.00
Amazon Kindle Fire
Device & Specs
Because the main draw to Amazon's tablet is the fact that it can be had for $199 plus shipping, it's not surprising that its hardware falls far short of what you get with the iPad. With a 7-inch screen that's intensely bright, the Kindle Fire does fare better in the outdoors than the iPad, but the inferior app market, inferior software, inferior processor, inferior RAM, and generally basic features aren't enough to satisfy someone who wants their tablet to do everything. If you don't need much in a tablet, the Fire is a great pickup, but it's no iPad.
The screen of the Fire is smaller, and has a resolution of 1024 x 600. The iPad, on the other hand is larger (9.7 inches) and has a near-retina display with a resolution of 2046 x 1536 pixels. While most content hasn't caught up to display technology, the iPad will survive the coming years much better than the Fire will.
Hands-down the Kindle Fire is the better eReader, as unpopular as this sentiment is. Because the unit itself is smaller, brighter, and has all of the benefits of Amazon's lending library program, you can really flex your mind with a dizzyingly-large amount of eBooks. Even though the iPad can install the Kindle app, it is harder to read for long periods of time, and more expensive the more you buy.
On the other side, the iPad is hands-down one of the best-supported devices for internet content, especially if you plunk down the extra coin for the LTE version to have access anywhere there's a 4G connection. Not only is the Apple App Store much more content-rich and diverse, but the interface is less stuttery, and the final product much more polished.