I currently own an iPad 2 but I wanted to see how the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless measured up to my tablet. This is what this review will cover. I put my new Kindle 4G LTE to the test to see if it could hold its own next to the iPad 2 and here is what I found out.
The first thing that I discovered with the Kindle 4G is that the resolution on the video screen is clearer and crisper than my iPad. I found the colors to be more vibrant. When I download media, it too was a bit faster than my iPad.
Playing videos and movies was one major selling point to me when buying this model. I like the larger HD screen. It is really impressive with its crisp and sharp colors. It’s like viewing a movie in 3D. Amazon has really made a big improvement with this as compared with the previous models.
Another added feature that Amazon added is an HDMI micro connection port. Since I already had an HDMI micro plug, I just hooked it up to my 50″ plasma screen and watched Defying Gravity. This is a science fiction series by the way. I had a great time watching it. It played smoothly without a hitch.
The Wi-Fi connection of the 4G is excellent. The dual-antenna works as it is advertised and streaming HD content is very quick and easy. You can also get access to more types of signals regardless if they are out-dated or old. The Kindle can connect to all kinds of different Wi-Fi routers regardless of frequency or bandwidths. This is good to have if you do a lot of traveling and need to connect to whatever is available.
This Kindle model has the Bluetooth feature and I can use it to connect to my wireless Bluetooth headset. I can go from room to room in my house with being tied down to my computer. Also, the Kindle can connect to other Bluetooth devices you might have and you don’t even need them to be next to you. Although this is a nice feature, it wasn’t the main reason why I purchased this model.
The Silk browser comes with this model right out of the box and it is really innovative when it comes to surfing the Web. It can predict the links on a site that you will visit, and even before you click on the link, the browser will download those pages.
This feature increases the speed of which web pages load. Furthermore, it comes in handy when you have suddenly lost your Internet connection. Since the pages were already downloaded prior to losing the connection, when you get reconnected, you will still be able to navigate to the page without waiting for it to download again.
One of the things I don’t like about the Kindle is the ads. I think it is a tacky feature and it should be omitted completely from the Kindle when you are purchasing it. I feel if I am buying a $300-$500 item, I shouldn’t have to deal with ads. If you like to be in the know of what is coming up next, then the ads should not be an issue for you.
A friend of mine has an iPad 3 and I compared some features with the Kindle. The iPad’s retina display gives a higher resolution to the screen but not by a whole lot. The iPad 3 has dual-facing cameras while the Kindle only has a front-facing. In Amazon’s product description, the front-facing camera on the Kindle 8.9″ 4G is described as being HD. I have no idea what that is but it does what I need it to do. The Kindle does not have GPS but the iPad does and; the iPad has more apps than the Kindle.
However, this model of the Kindle is smaller, lighter, and thinner than the iPad. The iPad has only one speaker while the Kindle has surround sound Dolby dual-speakers. The Kindle’s screen is 16×9 like other HDTV screens while the iPad’s screen is 4×3. In layman’s terms, TV shows and movies will have a larger display on the Kindle while the iPad’s will be smaller with bars being at the top and bottom.
The overall main difference with the Kindle HD 8.9″ and the iPad 3 is cost. This model is less expensive costing about $230 less than what the 4G LTE iPad 3 is. The iPad mini and the iPad 2 are more expensive than Kindle HD 7″. When you calculate the data plan which is $50 per year, you save yourself $150 in the first year when owning a Kindle.