Posted by : Amber Marfatia
There are so many tables in the market these days that one can just not go and pick one which satisfies all the parameters. So, i thought let me first put down which factors would help one (and me) to take a decision.
Configuration, Application Availability, Form Factor and Price. So here is the comparison.
The Kindle Fire runs its own special OS. But it’s not been developed from the ground up by Amazon – it’s based on Android 2.x, rumoured to be Android 2.2 FroYo. The HTC Flyer also has a heavily customised version of Android – it’s based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The iPad 2 runs iOS 4 (soon to be iOS 5) and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs the tablet-specific Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
The Kindle Fire is slated at $199 in the US (In India, one can get via ebay @ 11K INR). As we know, iPad 2 retails from 35K to 40K while the HTC Flyer has finally come down to a decent price point for the 16GB version 25K and up. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ranges from 25K to 35K.
Thickness and weight
The 7-inch Kindle Fire is 11.4mm thick, substantially more than the 8.8mm-thick 9.7-inch iPad 2. The 7-inch HTC Flyer is even thicker at 13.2mm. The thinnest accolade goes to the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at just 7.9mm thick. As for weight, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the lightest at 335g, the Kindle Fire is 414g, the HTC Flyer is 421g, while the iPad 2 clocks in at 601g for the Wi-Fi version
The Kindle Fire has a resolution of 1,024 x 600 as does the HTC Flyer. The iPad 2 is next in line at 1,024 x 768 (remember that’s a 9.7-inch display too) but top of the pile is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution 7.7-inch display.
All the tablets are dual-core aside from the HTC Flyer which uses a still-speedy 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The iPad 2 uses the Apple A5 (below), while the Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses a (probably Samsung) 1.4GHz model. The Kindle Fire has a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP chip.
Memory and storage
The Kindle Fire has 512MB of memory, like the iPad 2. However, it only has 8GB of internal memory which by anybody’s reckoning is quite poor for a device based around content. The iPad 2 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB variants as does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Flyer comes in 16 and 32GB memory versions. The Samsung and HTC devices also have 1GB of internal memory.
Camera and video
The Kindle Fire doesn’t have a mic or camera – something which a lot of commentators believe is a sizeable hole in the Fire’s armoury. All the other tablets are capable of 720p HD video and have front and back cameras. The HTC Flyer wins the day here, with a 5MP rear snapper.
The Kindle Fire only connects to the web via Wi-Fi, there is no cellular 3G data. All the other tablets are available in Wi-Fi only plus Wi-Fi + 3G versions should you wish. The Kindle Fire is also the only tablet not to support Bluetooth or GPS too. Surely Amazon will need to launch a 3G model at some point.
While the iPad 2 and Samung Galaxy Tab 7.7 cite a battery life of 10 hours, the Kindle Fire says its battery life is 8 hours. The HTC Flyer battery life is “from 8 hours”.
Price is a stellar factor in the favor of Kindle. You have almost all except non-WiFi connectivity and non availability of camera and mic. Though, memory at 512 MB can be a problem – but quality of the finish product and ease of use is amazing. (I can say that because i have used it. and yes, one can root and can have dual UI of Kindle and Android). And yes, get all the stuff from Amazon. While, if money and utility value is not mapped with each other than one should go for iPad since it gives great form and ample of application options with best breed quality.