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New Apple iPad vs. Kindle: Specs and price compared

Yesterday before Apple’s event took place we looked at how an Apple Tablet would affect the ebook market, now that the Apple iPad has been officially announced we thought we would look at how Amazon’s Kindle will compare with the Apple iPad.

Firstly we will look at pricing, Amazon’s Kindle 2 costs $259, the Kindle DX costs $489 and the iPad is priced from $499 to $629, obviously there is a huge difference between the price of the Kindle 2 and the iPad, however the price difference between the Kindle DX and the iPad is not that great, which makes me wonder why people would buy a Kindle DX.

When comparing the displays the iPad differs from both Kindles dramatically,the iPad features a color IPS LCD whereas both Kindles use 16-level gray E Ink displays. The iPad has a 9.7 inch diagonal, the Kindle 2 has a 6- inch diagonal and the Kindle DX has a 9.7 inch diagonal.

The iPad features a resolution of 1024 x 768 with a pixel density of 132 ppi, the Kindle 2 features a resolution of 600 x 800 with a pixel density of 167 ppi and the Kindle DX features a resolution of 1200 x 824 with a pixel density of 150 ppi.

The minimum storage capacity of the iPad is 16GB, whereas the Kindle 2 features just 2GB and the Kindle DX 4GB, all of these devices support music playback however the iPad is the only device which supports video playback.

When you look at 3G connectivity and costing you see that both Kindles outdo the iPad, this is due to the Kindles having EV-DO and HSPDA connectivity worldwide, whereas the iPad is limited to US connectivity via GSM and HSPDA.

Also lets not forget that Kindle’s require no money for their data connectivity, whereas for 3G connectivity with the iPad you must pay, however lets not forget that the iPad will allow a lot more data-related functionality.

In terms of features and formats the iPad is pretty impressive aswell, although the iPad does not feature native Kindle book compatibility “theres an app for that”, all devices feature PDF compatibility, however the iPad is the only device that supports ePub compatibility. The iPad and the Kindle DX are the only devices which feature an accelerometer.

Finally we will talk about thickness, weight and battery life, both Kindles feature 1 week battery life whereas the iPad features just 10 hours battery life. The iPad is also the heaviest of the devices at 1.5 lbs, followed by the Kindle DX at 1.2 lbs and the Kindle 2 at 0.6 lbs. The iPad is also the thickest at 0.53 inches, followed by the Kindle DX at 0.38 inches and the Kindle 2 at 0.34 inches.

From all of this information I think it is obvious if you want a cheap and cheerful ebook reader buy a Kindle 2, however if you want something a bit more advanced I cannot think of one reason to buy an Kindle DX instead of an iPad, except maybe for the 3G connectivity benefits.

To see more comparisons check out Engadget.

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