Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. Barnes & Noble Nook Color

“Clearly, Amazon’s just-announced Kindle Fire isn’t designed to compete head-to-head with the iPad 2 on specs alone, but that doesn’t mean consumers won’t be cross-shopping the two this holiday season — and that means a comparison is in order,” Chris Ziegler reports for This is my next.

“Of course, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is a more direct competitor, so we’re throwing that in as well,” Ziegler reports.

See the spec sheet shootout in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: With a screen just 45% of iPad’s size and dependent upon a half-baked, highly-fragmented, insecure OS that’s subject to dozens of patent infringement cases around the world and suffering from tremendous tablet AppLack™, Amazon’s thick Kindle Fire ought to be even cheaper than $200.

Related articles:
No, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is not an ‘iPad killer’ – September 28, 2011
Amazon announces 7-inch ‘Kindle Fire’ Android tablet for $199 – September 28, 2011
Apple’s iPad owns 80% of North American tablet market; Analyst claims Amazon tablet can challenge iPad – September 27, 2011
Amazon’s tablet is a ‘pretty poor stopgap’ that looks a lot like RIM’s PlayBook failure – September 27, 2011
Analysts claim Amazon’s tablet will be serious challenge to Apple’s iPad – September 26, 2011
Amazon to hold media event on September 28th – September 23, 2011
No worries, iPad, Amazon’s Android ‘tablet’ just a ‘Nook killer’ – September 6, 2011
Amazon’s Android tablet really only a 7-inch color Kindle – September 3, 2011


  1. In keeping with the precedent initiated by Samsung, Apple ought to complain about the graphics in the article posted by This is My Next. The 7″ Kindle Fire and 7″ Nook Color look close to the same size as the 9.7″ iPad 2, just a bit narrower (16:9 format). Surely this is criminal! 😉

    1. I noticed that too. that’s very deceiving. Unfortunately, the This is My Next comment section, powered by Disqus isn’t working. I find Disqus to be down most of the time.LOL!

  2. I can’t believe that article. They photoshopped the Kindle to make it look like the same size as the iPad! OMG. That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. OMG! Falsification of evidence!

    Where have I heard this before? 😉

  3. Some of the comments on the linked article praise the as yet unreleased Fire saying that it is similar in specs with th iPad 1. Yep, no cameras, and it is a tablet. End of similarities. Less than 1/2 the screen size. 1/2 the memory of the low-end iPad. Severe AppLack.

    Plus, iPad 1(what I have) will be 2 years old before you know it. Way to compare to old tech

    However, I do see the Fire being the first viable non-iPad tablet. Like the 2007 iPhone, it could be improved and expanded on and become a contender. Amazon has the customer base and content. For now, android manufacturers should be scared. A few years from now, MAYBE this thing will even still be around and be an option for those people who simply refuse to buy Apple.

  4. Didn’t the analysts say just last week the amazon tablet would be the new iPad killer…. Oh how quickly they backtrack.

    It’s meant to be a nook competitor.
    And I’ll pass on both.

  5. This tablet will actually be very interesting to see how well it is adopted. Amazon is pricing it VERY low, and if you noticed, Amazon also dropped the prices on the other Kindle devices as well.

    Can you say, “Loss Leader”?

    Amazon doesn’t make that much off of each song, movie, or book it sells, so it will be interesting to see just how long it can maintain the Fire if sales of media don’t jump up quickly.

    1. A Tata Nano is CONSIDERABLY cheaper than the BMW M5. Buy a Nano and a Bimmer, then tell me what you prefer to drive.

      Heck, I can buy a Yugo for $75.00, but I’d rather spend $30,000 on a decent car.

      Cheaper doesn’t=better, it’s time people buying tech wake up.

      1. That’s the thing though – our worldview is all about instant gratification. “Pfft! I don’t care how much I’ll save down the road, how much will I save now?” is what today’s customer says. Same goes for fast food, tv dinners, etc.

  6. The problem will be EXACTLY what Carmen ‘s problem was with the “other guys”… And why the other guys can’t sell squat …. PEOPLE WANT AN iPad…. Even kids….Period.

  7. The Amazon tablet will NEVER touch the iPad. Rather, it will destroy just about any other android tablet. Because, for $200 it has the support of books and movies from the amazon store, and cloud sync.

    What’s really interesting here is that the Fire seems to be made ONLY for content consumption, unlike the iPad which is powerful enough to create content. People who have recently bought computers will buy a Fire because they are cheap enough to buy ALONGSIDE a computer. They will consume some content, but in the end they will only become accustomed to the Tablet. Then, when they go to throw away that $500 windows POS they bought, they will seriously consider shelling out the same amount for a device that does what a computer does, but is in the more familiar “tablet” form. Namely, the iPad.

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire is fantastic because it will do two things: Kill the half-baked android knockoffs of the iPad, and all the other wannabe devices. Then, it will eventually contribute to people buying an iPad. No iPad user would move to a Kindle Fire, but Kindle Fire users WILL upgrade to that iPad down the line.

    1. It will be a histry like HP’s

      But just wonder what will happen when AMAZON is trading well above 100pe. If FIRE is not turn into inferno then AMAZON share price will crash. It will effect the whole market hope it will not happen and Kindle Fire survives.

  8. I believe that tablets are only desirable if they’re killer like the iPad with room for growth- i.e. apps. Apple’s got that, and Android sucks. Amazon’s tablet is a cheal toy, yes- but so far- with one really fatal flaw- no 3G. Why cart around a compromised 7 inch tablet when you can use your phone, which has more? Otherwise, it’s the iPad or a cheap notebook. Until there’s wifi everywhere, an 8G watered down mutation won’t fit into any niche- it’s not even a good e-reader.

  9. They forgot to reveal the Fire was also missing a compass, accelerometer, power cable, iTunes and Mac connection kit.

    Also what is the issue with Silk, isn’t it just like Opera? It is not a ‘plus’, but a compromise due to low machine specs.

    1. I just looked over the iPad 2 specs. Here is the full list of items that the Kindle Fire as of right now, does not list or mention:

      iPad 2 includes:
      • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
      ▪ Three-axis gyro
      ▪ Accelerometer
      ▪ Ambient light sensor
      ▪ Digital compass
      ▪ User-configurable maximum volume limit
      • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
      ▪ Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately)
      ▪ Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
      ▪ Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

      Handicapped Features:
      ▪ Support for playback of closed-captioned content
      ▪ VoiceOver screen reader
      ▪ Full-screen zoom magnification
      ▪ White on black display
      ▪ Mono audio

  10. Fire is a nice updated Kindle. Kindle has a place. If am going to be sitting at the beach or pool reading books and mags, I’d rather take along “cheap” Kindle than a really attractive (to steal while I’m not looking) iPad. iPads are irresistible to light fingers; Kindles, not so much. So far, I own neither. Maybe Christmas.

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