Amazon Kindle Fire

$199 Kindle Fire vs $500 iPad 2 which would you rather? The New Kindle Fire from Amazon has taken off and many people have caught the “Kindle Fever“. So, what are it’s advantages?

  • It Runs Flash

Jeff Bezos confirmed in his speech that the Kindle Fire will indeed support Flash, a much-requested feature for the iPad and iPhone that Apple has shown little interest in including (neither the iPad nor iPhone support Flash) . We should also note that the Kindle Fire will also apparently beat all of the upcoming Windows tablets in this area too, as Microsoft has indicated that Windows 8 Metro will not run Flash.

  • It Costs Less

The cheapest model iPad 2 (that isn’t just a block of wood): $499 (that’s without 3G). The cheapest Kindle Fire: $199 (that’s also without 3G, and there is no amount of money you can pay to get 3G on your Kindle Fire, because a 3G Kindle Fire does not currently exist).

Still, the Kindle Fire beats the iPad by $300; now consumers must decide whether or not a WiFi-only iPad is worth $300 more than the new Amazon tablet

  • It Fits In Your Hand

Just like Android tablets have been offered for $200 before, so too have they been 7-inches. The Kindle Fire copies the poor-selling BlackBerry PlayBook’s form and screen size: At 7-inches, the Kindle Fire can easily be held in one hand. The iPad 2, with its 10-inch screen can probably only be comfortably held in one hand by certain humongous basketball players.

  • It Weighs Less

Along with having smaller dimensions than the iPad, the Kindle Fire is also lighter than its Apple competitor. At 14.6 ounces, it is significantly lighter than the 21.3 ounce iPad, making it, in all senses, more portable.

  • It Loads Web-Pages Faster

If the brand new Amazon Silk web browser performs like Jeff Bezos claims it will, then the Kindle Fire will pretty easily be the fastest mobile browser available. In case you missed it, Amazon Silk splits up the work that your device has to do in order to load large webpages on your tablet faster: The smaller stuff like text and block building will be handled by the tablet, and the more heavy duty stuff like HTML, CSS and Javascript will be done by Amazon’s EC2 cloud servers. Amazon Silk will also remember where you often visit after clicking through to certain sites, and it will pre-load those pages in the cloud.

If all this stuff works like it should, it’s going to make browsing on WiFi on the Kindle Fire (especially to full web versions of webpages) very, very fast.

  • It Has Both Wireless Mirroring And Native Streaming Media

Granted, the upcoming update to Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 5 will add wireless mirroring (the ability to transmit what is on your screen onto a connected TV or monitor without an accessory), but juuuust in case: Bezos showed off the Kindle Fire’s wireless mirroring at his keynote, and it looked pretty good. Add to that the option to add on Amazon Prime for Amazon’s streaming library, and you have a pretty powerful home entertainment hub that doesn’t require third-party apps or on-demand purchasing of video media.

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