Cloud Computing: Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2 Rivalry to Center on Content

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-30 Print this article Print
Kindle Fire Unveiled

Kindle Fire Unveiled

Amazon's Kindle Fire burns so bright that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has to close his eyes from the searing heat. Seriously, though, the event provided more than a few parallels to the iPad launches.
Amazon unveiled its Kindle Fire Sept. 28, and you'll be hard pressed to find an analyst who will dub this Google Android tablet as a true rival to Apple's latest iPad 2. While not comparing apples to oranges, comparing the Fire to the iPad 2 might be more like comparing a diminutive Clementine orange to a fat, navel orange. The iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen. The Kindle Fire offers a 7-inch display. The iPad 2 has got two cameras for photo-shoots and video chat. The Kindle Fire has no cameras. The iPad 2 has got a microphone; the Fire does not. The iPad 2 is available with 3G access. The Kindle Fire is WiFi only. iPads come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage models. The Kindle Fire has 8GB of storage, though it should be noted Amazon is offering all the cloud storage a consumer can eat. Using photos eWEEK shot at the Kindle Fire launch event in New York City, this slide show highlights why the iPad 2 and Kindle Fire have more in common than people realize. It's the content, baby.

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