Why I Am Buying a Kindle Fire Instead of an iPad

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I have been looking into getting a tablet for a while now. It seems like all the buzz lately is mobile – mobile devices, mobile gaming, and mobile communication. I didn’t drop $500 on the iPad because I have been waiting for a competitor to come out and offer a similar tablet for a better price. However, it seems like none of the other tablet options come close to comparing to what Apple is offering and many of them are complete failures. The debacle surrounding the HP Touchpad and the subsequent withdrawal of the devices from the market make me wonder whether or not it’s a good idea to invest in one of the wannabe tablets available.

However, it appears my luck may be changing since my favorite online retailer, Amazon, has announced their new tablet – the Kindle Fire. As it turns out, I’ve also been considering buying an ebook reader, hoping that I could combine a great ebook reader and a tablet into one purchase. The Kindle was high up on my wishlist for an ebook reader so the combination of the Kindle and a tablet sounds perfect. Plus, Amazon is a company I trust to provide a quality device and support.

One of the biggest advantages to the Kindle Fire is its simplicity. iPads are geared more towards computer hardware enthusiasts and can do a lot of different tasks. However, I don’t necessarily need all of the bells and whistles. I just want a tablet that I can access the Internet with, check my email, and use as an ebook reader. The Kindle Fire is built for people who just need a casual tablet.

Another factor in my decision to go with the Kindle Fire over the iPad, is its portability. The Fire’s 7” inch screen and light weight make it ideal for carrying with me wherever I go. The Kindle Fire can fit into someone’s hand. The 10” iPad can’t say as much.

An exciting element to the Kindle Fire is its new browser, Amazon Silk. This brand new web browser is primed to be the fastest mobile one available. It works by dividing up the work to make webpages load more quickly. The smaller load items like blocks and text will be handled by the tablet and the heavier stuff will be dealt with by Amazon’s EC2 cloud servers. The Fire’s new browser will also remember frequently visited pages and pre-load them via the cloud. This could make for a super fast mobile browser.

The real reason I’m choosing the Kindle Fire over Apple’s iPad boils down to price. The Fire will be available in November for the low price of $199. I feel this price is just right for what I want in a mobile tablet and ereader. The iPad’s high price, for what I want to use the device for, is just not a great return on my investment.

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