Amazon's soon to be launched Kindle Fire will battle directly against the iPad 2 and Barnes & Noble Nook Color this holiday season. You can read our hands-on review of the Kindle Fire from the press conference, but here's a quick chart for how it compares:
|Amazon Kindle Fire||B&N Nook Color||Apple iPad 2|
|Dimensions||7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45"||8.1" x 5.0" x .48"||9.5" x 7.1" x .34"|
|Weight||14.6 oz||15.8 oz||1.33 lbs|
|Resolution||1024 x 600||1024 x 600||1024 x 768|
|Processor||1GHz dual-core||800MHz single-core||1GHz dual-core|
|Camera||No||No||.7MP rear, .3MP front|
|Max battery life||8 hours||8 hours||10 hours|
|Apps||Amazon app store or third-party||Barnes & Noble only||iTunes|
The specs don't tell the whole story, though. If you're comparing the Kindle Fire against the Nook Color, the Fire will have four distinct advantages (beyond the small price difference):
- The Kindle Fire has a much faster processor, which will deliver smoother navigation and better app performance
- The Amazon app store is far larger than the B&N app store, plus you can "sideload" thrid party apps
- The Kindle Fire will integrate with Amazon's massive music and video store
- The Kindle Fire comes with unlimited cloud storage for any content purchased through Amazon. Though the Nook Color does have a microSD card slot, which lets you expand the storage on the device for an additional 32GB, which the Kindle Fire does not.
Against the iPad, there is obviously a huge price differential, and it's really going to come down to a personal decision on cost vs features. Main considerations should be:
- Do you value the larger screen of the iPad 2 over the greater portability of the Kindle Fire?
- Do you want cameras for video chat?
- Are the thousands of apps in the Amazon Appstore enough or do you want the hundreds of thousands in the Apple App Store?
- Do you need a 3G option for on the road or can you get by with Wi-Fi?