Kindle Fire Versus the Competition: Tale of the Tablet Tape

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet won’t succeed or fail based on what’s under the hood. People will buy it because of the $199 price and the way it seamlessly integrates with Amazon’s book, magazine, music, movie, and app stores. But this slate is no slouch in the specs department. It packs a speedy dual-core processor and a brilliant IPS display. So how does the Kindle Fire stack up to other hot tablets on the market? Check out our tablet comparison below. (No offense to the similarly sized BlackBerry PlayBook, but we left out RIM’s slate because of its anemic sales.)

Tablets Compared

Device Amazon
Kindle Fire

iPad 2

Samsung Galaxy
Tab 8.9

Acer Iconia A100

Toshiba Thrive 7″

Nook Color

Price  $199 $499  $469 $329  Under $400  $249
CPU  TI OMAP Dual-Core (Speed unknown)  Apple A5 dual-core  Nvidia Tegra 2 Nvidia Tegra 2  Nvidia Tegra 2  TI OMAP 6321
OS  Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) iOS 4 Android 3.1
and TouchWiz (Honeycomb)
 Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)  Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Android 2.1
Display  7 inches
9.7 inches
(1024 x 768)
8.9 inches
(1280 x 800)
 7 inches
(1024 x 600)
 7 inches
(1280 x 800)
7 inches
(1024 x 600) 
 7.5 x 4.7 x.45 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.3  9.1 x 6.2 x .3   7.6 x 4.5 x 0.5 0.5 inches thick  8.1 x 5.0 x 0.5
Weight (pounds)  0.91  1.3   0.99  0.92  0.88  0.99
 8GB 16GB, 32GB,
16GB, 32GB  8GB, 16GB 16GB, 32GB  8GB
Storage (Expandable)   N/A  N/A  32GB  Available / Size Unknown  32GB
Front Camera  N/A  VGA  2-MP  2-MP  2-MP  N/A
Back Camera  N/A  720p  3-MP  5-MP  5-MP  N/A
Wireless  Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi and 3G
(AT&T, Verizon)
 Wi-Fi Only  Wi-Fi Only  Unknown  Wi-Fi
Battery Life (rated) 8 Hours   11 hours  Unknown  5 Hours  Unknown  8 Hours
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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Peter Says:

    The “Tablets Compared” table has the Kindle Fire screen size listed incorrectly at 10″ (it is 7″).

  2. Kit Says:

    I’m pretty sure the Fire doesn’t have a 10″ screen.

  3. Ian Says:

    Check that chart. The Kindle Fire is 7″ and not 10″. Also, you list the Thrive’s wireless capabilities as “Unknown,” when you really should know that yes, it does do wi-fi.

  4. Ha Says:

    Kindle fire is 7″ not 10″.

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