Despite the fact that it’s only recently been released, the Kindle Fire is expected to be the second-most popular tablet device in the world by the end of this year, according to the market research firm HIS. What does this mean? Does it mean that the Kindle Fire is better than, or as good as, the iPad? Actually, the answer to that question might surprise you.
The Kindle Fire is not as good as the iPad in many ways. It just doesn’t have the capabilities of the much larger, memory and screen-wise, iPad. However, the Fire also doesn’t come with a five hundred dollar plus price tag. At around two hundred, it is less than half the price of the iPad, and that’s something that cash-strapped consumers are very aware of. In this tough economy, many people can’t afford another computer, but they can afford a small, portable tablet.
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The portability of the Kindle is another reason for its popularity. The difference between a seven inch screen and a ten inch screen doesn’t seem like much to talk about, but a seven inch tablet can fit into purses and briefcases that at ten inch iPad never could. As well as being more portable, the Kindle Fire is also lighter, though apparently not light enough for some.
“The Fire is a heavy object. It’s unpleasant to hold for extended periods of time. Unless you have fore-arm muscles like that of Popeye, you cannot comfortably sit and read an engaging novel all evening,” said web usability expert Jakob Nielsen.
“The lack of physical buttons for turning the page also impedes on the reading experience for fiction. On the older Kindles, it’s easy to keep a finger on the button when all you use it for is to turn the page. In contrast, tapping any area on the screen disrupts reading enjoyment, is slightly error-prone, and leaves smudges on the screen. The Fire screen also has more glare than the traditional Kindle,” he continued in his review.
Not everyone is happy with the changes Amazon has made to the traditional Kindle. Many complainants of screen glare, touchiness, and difficulty in using the web have been made, and yet the Kindle Fire is still selling like hotcakes.
GigaOm’s Colin Gibbs replied to Nielsen’s critique:
“When it comes to new tablets, I think we all suffer from a case of heightened expectations due to the fantastic iPad. The Kindle Fire is inferior to Apple’s tablet, to be sure, but it’s much smaller and much cheaper — so that should be no surprise. Other Kindle Fire reviews have been much more positive, and I think the device will find a big audience of consumers willing to sacrifice some performance and size for the more attractive price.”
All in all, the Kindle beats out the iPad in one important spot- buyer’s pocketbooks.
This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.