Latest in Apple

Image credit:

iPad or Kindle: will our wallets decide?

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

In quite a few ways, Apple's iPad and iBooks announcement today was a shot across the bow of Amazon's Kindle. Sure, Apple played nice, even saying that Amazon has done a "great job of pioneering" the e-book space, but you can't help but think that Apple thinks of itself as the evolution of the Kindle, not mere competition. Steve Jobs says that Apple is going to "stand on their shoulders," and that doesn't sound quite as benign as perhaps he meant it. So, how do the devices stack up, specifically as book consuming devices? Well, for starters, one of these things costs a whole lot more than the other... let's break it down after the break.




iPad

Kindle 2

Kindle DX
Upfront cost $499 / $629 (3G) $259 $489
Screen size 9.7-inch 6-inch 9.7-inch
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 600 x 800 1200 x 824
Pixel density 132 ppi 167 ppi 150 ppi
Screen type Color IPS LCD 16-level gray E Ink 16-level gray E Ink
Storage 16GB 2GB 4GB
Accelerometer Yes No Yes
Music Yes Yes Yes
Movies Yes No No
Text-to-speech Yes Yes Yes
PDF Yes Yes Yes
ePub Yes No No
Kindle books Yes (Kindle app) Yes Yes
3G service cost N/A / $15 / $30 Free Free
3G networks GSM / HSDPA (US) EV-DO + HSDPA (World) EV-DO + HSDPA (World)
Weight 1.5 pound 0.6 pound 1.2 pound
Thickness 0.53-inches 0.34-inches 0.38-inches
Battery 10 hours 1 week 1 week


Update: As Daniel P. pointed out to us, the iPad, like the iPhone 3GS, has VoiceOver screen reading technology. It might not work as slickly in iBooks as Kindle's text-to-speech functionality, but hopefully it still get the job done. We updated the chart accordingly.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Samsung asks users to be extra careful with the Galaxy Fold

Samsung asks users to be extra careful with the Galaxy Fold

View
Uber sues NYC over vehicle caps

Uber sues NYC over vehicle caps

View
Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

View
Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr