Friday, January 29, 2010

Apple iPad vs Amazon Kindle DX

Like everyone else, I tuned in to see the amazing iPad announcement.  Only problem was that it really wasn’t that amazing to me.  I was really expecting more.  I expected a price range from $800 to $1000, but it came at $500 to $830, which isn’t bad really. But the specs themselves were (are) simply not that impressive.  The knee-jerk reactions have been about iPad being a “Kindle killer”.  But it’s not.  They don’t play in the same space, nor are they in the same price range.  However, the Kindle DX *IS* in the same price range, so this is more of an “Apples-to-Apples” comparison I think.   These are the specs I’ve gathered myself from the respective vendor web sites and from tech-review sites (where information was missing from the vendor site).

Items in green are what I consider to be the “winner” between the two products.  So, you do the comparison math and see which one wins out in the end.

Feature

Apple iPad

Amazon Kindle DX

Price

$499.00

$489.00

Overall Dimensions

9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches

10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches

Weight

1.5 lbs

1.2 lbs

Processor

Apple A4 1GHz

Freescale ARM11, 532 MHz

Wireless (Wi-Fi)

802.11n

N/A

Cell Processor

?

Qualcomm

Cellular 3G, Domestic (US)

Yes

Yes

Cellular 3G, Global

Optional

Yes

Cellular Modes

HSDPA, GSM/EDGE

HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, GPRS

Wireless Service Bundled in Price

No

Yes

Screen Size

9.7 inch diagonal

9.7 inch diagonal

Screen Type

1024 x 768, 720p Color

600 x 800 p, 16-lvl gray

USB 2.0 port

Yes

Yes

Screen Illumination [2]

LED Backlit

Passive

Cover/Case Included

No

No

Auto-Rotation Display

Yes

Yes

Accelerometer

Yes

No

Touch Screen UI

Yes

No

Web Browser

Safari

Proprietary

Storage (built-in)

16 GB

4 GB

Storage Max (internal)

64 GB

4 GB

Applications

App Store (iPhone apps)

Coming Soon

Supports Flash content

No

No

Supports H.264 content

Yes

No

Matte Display for Reading

Yes

Yes

Battery Life (Wi-Fi active) [1]

10 hrs

1 week

Battery Replacement

Sealed, Factory

Sealed, Factory

Book Store

Apple

Amazon

Book Format

ePub

Amazon

PDF Support

Yes

Yes

Magazine Subscriptions

Yes

Yes

Newspaper Subscriptions

Yes

Yes

Podcast Subscriptions

Yes

Yes

Blog Subscriptions

Yes

Yes

Geographic Maps

Yes

No

Calendar

Yes

No

Plays Games

Yes

No

Music Library [3]

iTunes

MP3

Movie Library

iTunes

N/A

Photo Library

iTunes

(monochrome)

Dictionary Search

App Store (iPhone apps)

Built-In

Text-to-Speech ("Read to Me")

No

Yes

Bluetooth 2.1

Yes

No

Requires Computer Synch

Yes

No

GPS Features

Yes

No

Ambient Light Sensor

Yes

No

Audio Formats

MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC

MP3

Keyboard Input

Touch Screen

Mechanical

Navigation Input

Touch Screen

Mechanical

Devloper SDK Available

Yes

Yes

[Notes]

1. Battery life claimed by vendor under slightly different usage.

2. Depends on personal view.  If used in the dark, backlit is better.  If used outdoors, passive is better.

3. Depends on whether you value MP3 library content more than iTunes purchased content.

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