The Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch are the talk of the market right now and in the following lines we will try to quickly compare and contrast the two gadgets that could well become best-sellers in the not so distant future.
Even though some of you may object to the idea of making a comparison between a high-end tablet and a more basic e-reader, we felt that this needed to be done, however small and few the similarities between the two devices might look at a first sight.
Here they are therefore, the most important differences and similarities between the Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch:
Design and build
While the Kindle Touch clearly has the advantage of lightweight and extra portability, the Fire manages to be more elegant and overall more solid. The Touch keeps the basic lines of the other Amazon Kindle e-readers’ design, featuring a white, clean and simple body.
On the other hand, the 7-inch Fire tablet is longer, comes with an all-black, classical look, but is not very original, resembling the Blackberry Playbook very much. When it comes to the weight, the Touch is obviously lighter (7.5-14.6 ounces), while in terms of dimensions things are pretty much on-par, with the exception of the length (the Touch measures 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches and the Fire- 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45).
Screen, hardware and performance
If you take into consideration that these are two very different devices and that you should expect different things from them, the screens are both pretty great. The 6-inch E Ink multi-touch display with 600 x 800 pixels resolution at 167 ppi and 16-level grayscale featured by the Touch e-reader is probably the best in its category, offering decent enough image quality and pretty good responsiveness.
On the other hand, the 7-inch multi-touch display with IPS technology and anti-reflective treatment featured by the Fire tablet comes with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution and offers great viewing angles, good brightness and crisp colors. If you compare these two screens head to head it is obvious that the Fire will win, but again these are not very similar gadgets, so you shouldn’t make that kind of comparison!
In terms of hardware, the Fire features a TI OMAP dual-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage space. The Touch, on the other hand, comes with only 4 GB of internal memory and without a very powerful chipset. Then again, the Touch doesn’t exactly need a larger storage device or a snappy processor, being a basic e-reader.
Software and battery life
When it comes to software and apps, things are again pretty different between these two gadgets. You have on one hand the Touch, which allows access to millions of books, newspapers, magazines and documents and on the other hand the Fire tablet, which runs a new operating system built by Amazon over the Android 2.3 and that offers access to loads of games, applications, as well as multimedia content.
The user interface and the Amazon Silk cloud-accelerated browser are very innovative and if you want to find out more about this, you should check out this article right here that details some of the things that make Amazon’s new OS so special.
In terms of battery life, both the Fire and the Touch are very competitive, again considering what you would normally expect for devices of their nature. The e-reader comes with an autonomy of up to two months based on low use and with wireless off, while the 7-inch slate’s battery should last up to eight hours between charges.
Pricing and availability
While the Touch and the Fire should sell in large numbers due to their designs, features and technical specs, the price will in fact be the number one thing that will make technology enthusiasts grab these as soon as possible.
The e-book reader goes for 99 dollars right now, for the ‘’special offers’’ version, and 139 bucks, for the model without included ads. You also have the 3G version of the device, which costs 189 dollars on Amazon.com. The Fire tablet, on the other hand, is available in only one version right now, priced at $199. Neither of the two gadgets has been officially released yet, but they will start shipping as soon as mid-November (the Fire on the 15th and the Touch on the 21st).
While you can’t find much common ground between the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Touch, these two electronic devices share two very important things. Firstly, you have the price, which in both cases is extremely competitive and is lower than what the most important competitors bring to the table.
Secondly, both these gadgets have the Amazon brand behind them, which, as we learned from this post as well, is one of the most important things that technology enthusiasts consider before getting their hands on a tablet or an e-reader. As far as which one of the two is better, I guess it all depends on what your exact needs and budgets are.