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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.

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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I want to thank everyone for their posts. I have been looking for a reason to buy the new iPad over the newest generation Kindle DX and I think my questions were answered. I was able to finally see the new iPad up close and personal today from a coworker and I was like wow. Now I am not a "techie" so to me it had the wow factor. I am currently using the Sony eReader touch and I love it but wanted a bigger screen and easier access to books and magazines. I was going to wait till the… Read more »


Almost 3 million sold. I bet some of you that posted early on are iPad owners now!

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If the iPad the other functions we have in the iPhone / Touch is familiar with the times, then this iBooks clearly moved many people's nerves, the largest of which is already hot for a long time rival the Amazon Kindle.

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unfortunate the iPad hasn't been viewed and assessed in bright sunlight.
That's why I prefer a Kindle until a proper device comes on the market not a big iPod Touch.


Well I searched a bit more on the Kindle and it looks like the functionality has been added for swapping a foreign language dictionary based on a comment for a Merriam Spanish-English dictionary available at the following link:


One thing that holds me back on the DX is that I have read comments that the pdf viewer doesn’t zoom, so you are stuck with the original font size for your pdfs. Also, I like to read books in Spanish on occasion, and I don’t think there is functionality to allow me to substitute the English dictionary for a Spanish one. With the Ipad there will probably be an app that provides the functionality to highlight a word and look it up in a Spanish dictionary. The Irex is coming out soon with an 8.1 inch Ebook Reader in… Read more »


kindle dx is clearly the way to go!


The Kindle is B&W and it sucks, I see them abandoning the technology. The browser is god awful , the only reason the cell service is free is because its only good to buy books. It doesn’t matter its easier on the eyes, most of us work in front of backlit screens all day, so big deal. Kindle does one thing for $500(dx, who would buy the little one). With Ipad, reading, games, video, music.


I’m amazed how many people, when comparing the iPad to dedicated e-readers, forget the most important thing about e-readers. They use e-ink. They don’t use e-ink because it’s a cheap technology or just for fun, they use it because it provides a reading experience that is the most comfortable and easy on the eyes. And it also works in the sun, and requires much less power. Anyone who does any serious amount of reading would not even consider using a jumbo iPod Touch for that task. So yes, if you actually were going to buy a Kindle DX primarily for… Read more »

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Well, you’re not exactly correct. First of all, the iPad at $499 does NOT include 3G service, whereas the Kindle DX at $489 does. It will cost you $629 + 30/mo to get the 16GB iPad with 3G service. That’s a substantial difference. I also have to suspect as an “iBook” device, the Kindle DX is significantly superior. The DX has a better screen to prevent eyestrain, an established marketplace with reference and text books already available, and your books are backed up on Amazon. Not to mention the text to speech functionality of the kindle is generally considered excellent.… Read more »

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