UPDATED to reflect tech specs of the 4th generation iPad released in October 2012
As you may already know there are several different models of the Kindle Fire HD. The most ‘basic’ Kindle Fire HD tablet is the most value for the buck if you’re looking to buy a 7″ tablet. However, if you’re looking for a 9 incher, that’s when the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD vs iPad 4 comparison becomes important.
Kindle Fire HD vs iPad 4 – SAVE nearly $400 the first year!!
As we have shown on the table below, there are dozens of differences between the two. The Kindle Fire wins some, the iPad 4 wins some. But what matters is that the Kindle Fire HD wins a major battle on the price tag.
- Wi-Fi version – the $299 8.9″ Kindle Fire is $200 cheaper than the iPad 4
- 3G version – The purchase price of the Kindle Fire (32GB Kindle Fire 2 with 4G LTE connectivity is $499) is $130 (16GB 3G iPad 4 is $629+taxes) or $230 (32GB 3G iPad 4 is $729) cheaper than the iPad 4
- Deal sealer – In addition to the $230 savings on the purchase price, you’re going to save ~$130/year on your 3G/4G bill with the new Kindle Fire. For example, for 250MB of 3G data, you will pay ~$15/month which comes to ~$180/year for the iPad (or any other tablet). But in the case of the Kindle Fire HD, you only have to pay $50 for the whole year and you get access to the AT&T 4G LTE network! That’s a total of $360 in savings the first year alone. This may well be the icing on the cake and the deal sealer for many tablet hunters this holiday shopping season.
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The upgrades on the iPad 4 (from the iPad 3) were few in number.
They are mainly:
- the processor (the latest A6X processor instead of the older A5X processor)
- the operating software (iOS 6 instead of the older iOS 5.1)
- the front camera (1.2 MP instead of the old 0.2 MP VGA camera).
These changes have been implemented and indicated on the following table.
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