Before we get started, let us state the obvious: These two tablets are wildly different, both in specs and in price. We don’t expect Amazon’s 7-inch offering to stack up to the new iPad’s 9.7-inch Retina screen, nor do we expect a four month old tablet to compete with something that is brand new.
Even though the Kindle Fire wasn’t designed with today’s top of the line specs, it’s still enjoyed a handsome reception amongst consumers. But for all its success, the device doesn’t compare to the sheer quality of Apple’s tablet line, and that gap is widening even further with the release of the new iPad. Still, the Fire stands as one of iPad’s biggest competitors because of its robust ecosystem and bottom dollar price. So even though this chart doesn’t tell the whole story, in the end it comes down to individual preference. Do you want a device with a 9.7-inch display, custom-designed A5X processor with quad-core graphics for $500 (16FB, Wi-Fi), or would you rather save a few bucks and go with the Fire’s 7-inch screen, 1GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 for $200?
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