Apple iPad vs. Amazon Kindle chart

A feature-by-feature comparison chart between the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle.

The comparison between the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad are inevitable, especially with Apple announcing its new iBooks store. We've speculated on their differences and if one is really better than the other ( let us know what you think ), but here's a simple feature-by-feature comparison chart just to make things easier.

Amazon Kindle Apple iPad
Display E-ink display. Kindle is 6 inches diagonally; Kindle DX is 9.7 inches diagonally. Not a touch screen. 9.7-inch LED (IPS) backlit display. Supports multitouch.
Hardware Kindle is 10.2 ounces, Kindle DX is 18.9 ounces. Both are 0.36 inch thick, have navigation buttons, a toggle, 3.5mm headset jack, and a keyboard. 1.5 pounds (24 ounces), 0.5 inch thick, has a Home button, volume controls, a screen lock slide switch, and a 3.5mm headset jack.
Store Amazon Kindle Store. Books are in Amazon's Kindle format. iBooks store. Books are in the open ePub format.
Features Able to subscribe to magazines and newspapers. Rudimentary Web browser, PDF reader, and 3G. More than just an e-book reader. Has access to iTunes App Store, Safari browser, e-mail, media player, games, and more. Has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. 3G in some models.
Battery life 1 week with wireless, 2 weeks without wireless 10 hours use, 1 month standby
Connectivity 3G with AT&T. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G with AT&T
Price Kindle is $259; Kindle DX is $489. 3G is included. iPads with Wi-Fi only are $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. iPads with WiFi and 3G are $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB. 3G data costs $15 a month for 250MB and $30 a month for unlimited.
About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.

 

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