The iPad 2 and the Kindle 4, the latest generation of the popular e-book reader, are two devices that have very little in common at a first sight. However, we felt that it was important to put these two together and to stress out what can you expect to get from each of the devices.
While for some of you advanced and experienced technology users the following article might seem a bit futile or even useless, we have to point out that this comparison is mostly intended as a quick look at two great gadgets and not as a comparison per se.
That being said, don’t forget to also check out our exclusive video at the end of the post, in which you can take a closer look at the Kindle 4 and iPad 2.
Design and display
There is practically nothing close to similar between the two devices in terms of design, with the iPad 2 being clearly the more fashionable gadget, while the Kindle is the lightest and smallest of the two. That being said, you should not think that the Kindle is ugly or the iPad bulky. As a matter of fact, the Kindle is very nice for an e-reader, being classy, classical looking, elegant and very compact at the same time, while the iPad 2 is pretty light and slim according to high-end tablet standards.
As for the screen, again things are very different, but again both these gadgets are excellent according to their own standards. The iPad 2 sports a 9.7-inch beautiful IPS panel with great colors, brightness and viewing angles, while the Kindle 4 features a 6-inch E Ink display with 800 x 600 pixels resolution, only capable of black-and-white static content, but highly satisfactory nevertheless. The Kindle 4’s screen is also very good when using the device in broad daylight, having pretty much no glare whatsoever.
Hardware and performance
The iPad 2 is by far the most powerful tablet right now, featuring an Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM. Apple’s best-seller also comes with plenty of internal storage space, being available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions. You will have therefore no trouble in running pretty much any video game you want on the iPad 2, as well as any other multimedia content, like music and video clips.
The Kindle 4, on the other hand, does not come with an advanced chipset and will only allow you to read books, newspapers and magazines. In terms of storage space, Amazon’s latest gadget only comes with 2 GB of internal memory, but this should actually be more than enough for storing all the e-books you can read.
Software, apps and battery life
As we already explained, these two devices have different targets and purposes. The iPad 2, on one hand, is the multimedia gadget of a lifetime, being able to run all kinds of useful and entertaining apps, as well as video games, music and video clips. The Kindle 4, on the other hand, can only run books and doesn’t even come with audio support.
As far as browsing goes, you can basically do this on both of the devices, but you will get a much more smooth and fast experience from the iPad 2. You also have to know that the new Kindle doesn’t come with a keyboard or a touchscreen, but a five-way controller, which makes the whole web surfing process even more difficult.
When it comes to battery life, the iPad 2 should go for ten or eleven hours between charges based on average use, while the Kindle 4 can actually go for up to one month. Again, you shouldn’t compare these numbers one against the other, but rather with Kindle and iPad’s real competitors.
When it comes to the pricing, things are as further apart between the two as you might expect. The Kindle 4 is currently the most affordable e-reader on the market, being available for 79 dollars (the ad-supported version) or 109 bucks (the model without ads).
The iPad 2, on the other hand, is anything but affordable, currently starting at a 517 dollars price tag (the 16 GB WiFi only version). The higher end model of the iPad 2 goes for 800 dollars right now, which is a lot, but after all you can’t put a price on that kind of quality.
Don’t forget to check out the video clip we promised earlier:
While you might think that it is impossible to find any kind of similarity between the iPad 2 and the Amazon Kindle 4, we actually think that we found a very important one. Quality and reliability. That is the thing that makes both these two devices winners in their own market niches and that’s why these two are probably the best choices when it comes to gadgets right now.
The iPad 2 is snappy, strong, fast and good-looking and it is clearly the best high-end tablet money can get. On the other hand, the Kindle 4 is basic, simple, classic and affordable and should be the perfect travel companion for any technology enthusiast that also loves books and literature.
There is no winner in this comparison, therefore, because there is actually no battle between these two equally impressive devices.