I’m warming up to my Kindle Fire (sorry pun intended). http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338387640&sr=8-1
Many people ask me, “Will a Kindle Fire be as good as an iPad?” Well, here’s a short list of functions that the iPad Wi-Fi and the Kindle Fire have in common: both can browse the web; both can get your e-mail; both are e-readers; both offer crisp color displays; both are Wi-Fi dependent, and both share many of the same game apps (do a price comparison first).
Both devices have Clouds. For me, Clouds are nebulous. I don’t quite understand how they work, but they capture our data and store it for later use. Amazon’s Cloud is free. Apple’s Cloud offers 5GB of free storage. If you want additional storage, you pay for it.
Why would this make a difference? Well, I downloaded one of my favorite TV series (paid for) onto my iPad, and ate up about 35 GB of storage on my device. I didn’t send it to Apple’s Cloud. There was just too much data. I can access these shows via Apple’s Sharing, but only if I am in a hot spot.
The Kindle Fire has an 8GB capacity as opposed to Apple’s cheapest version (16 GB). With Amazon’s Cloud, I don’t think that’s too bad. In fact, it’s been working great for me. I downloaded four different TV series, which are hanging in my Amazon Cloud, and waiting to be watched. Yes, I can’t watch them unless I’m in a hot spot, but I didn’t eat up the entire storage space on my device. I also didn’t have to buy extra Cloud storage.
OK, the Kindle Fire doesn’t have a camera. Let’s be real, here. How many times have you used your iPad to take a picture? I’ve used mine three times. I usually take pictures with my phone, because that is the device I usually have with me all the time.
The Kindle Fire fits in my purse. It has a seven-inch screen, and is convenient for traveling, viewing, reading, etc. It can do many things an iPad Wi-Fi can do at a cheaper price ($199.00). Apple is still offering the iPad 2: starting prices: 16 GB Wi-Fi ($329.00) and Wi-Fi +3G ($529.00).
The only thing missing from the Kindle Fire is their original Whisper Net (which lets you download media anywhere – without a hot spot) and a 3G connection. I like the 3G connection for emergencies. That’s what got me through the October 2011 ‘Storm of the Century’ when we got eighteen inches of snow. I was still able to send out work via the 3G connection.
I don’t think Amazon’s Kindle Fire is getting enough praise or enough press. I’ve had mine for three weeks (birthday present), and I never thought I’d stray from the Apple camp. I think it’s a great device and a true competitor in the world of tablets – more articles to come regarding the Kindle Fire.
As for now, I’m in pursuit of the perfect Kindle Fire case. I’ve gone through four, I’m waiting for the next one, and I’m still hunting.
iPads can be purchased at the Apple Store, Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT and your local Best Buy (they also sell the Kindle Fire). For additional information regarding Apple’s iPad, please go to: http://www.apple.com/ipad/