Amazon are taking on Apple tablets. While the Nexus 7 from Google is a challenge to the Kindle Fire, the CEO of Amazon announced the new 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD on Thursday. The tablet should begin shipping late November and it will be up against Apple’s New iPad 3. Up to now no other tablet has been able to knock the iPad from the top spot, but can the Kindle Fire HD do it? Let’s see how it stands up.
New iPad 3 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD
The Kindle Fire HD beats the iPad 3 when it comes to price. A 16GB Wi-Fi only New iPad will set you back $499. On the other hand the 32GB version of the Fire HD comes complete with connection for 4G LTE at that price. The 16GB Fire HD is a $299, which is $200 less than you would have to pay for the base iPad.
The New iPad 3 still has the larger display at 9.7 inches with the Fire’s display being 8.9 inches. Both of the tablets have HD displays but the iPad has the Retina display of 3.1 million pixels with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The Fire has a display of 1920 x 1200. Both of the tablets have resolutions that make it impossible to see individual pixels so it is safe to say that the Fire HD is just a sharp.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD can be taken with a 4G data plan for $50 per year and for this you get up to 250 MB of data each month. However this isn’t a great deal for a tablet that can stream movies. This is a lot cheaper than what you can get the iPad on with AT&T or Verizon. At the moment Verizon offer 1GB of data for $20 each month and 8GB for $80 per month. AT&T offer 250MB per month for $15 or you can get 2GB for $5 more.
When it comes to apps the Apple Store is hard to beat as there are more than 225,000 apps to choose from for the iPad. Amazon has movies and books in their content along with apps and magazines. The Kindle Fire HD has Android but it is a modified version and can therefore only run apps from the Amazon App Store.
With a ridiculously low starting price point, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a big threat to the Google Nexus 7 more than the iPad. It offers 3G/4G connection unlike the Nexus 7 and with its cheaper data plan, if you can live on 250MB per month then you are looking at saving close to around $150 ever year based on the prices of 250MB plans from the big US carriers.
With that said, is the Amazon Kindle Fire HD a cheaper iPad? No. Far from it. If anything, it will be in direct competition with the rumored iPad mini instead.