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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 vs. iPad 3: Is the Apple Experience really worth $200?

Extremetech: On paper, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 blows the iPad 3 out of the water. The Fire HD is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the iPad 3. The Fire HD has dual stereo Dolby speakers, while the iPad has a single mono speaker. Where the iPad 3 is capable of 22Mbps 802.11n WiFi, the Fire HD has a MIMO antenna capable of 31Mbps.

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blumatt1554d ago (Edited 1554d ago )

It is if you've invested heavily into the Apple ecosystem already. DRM music and videos can't be played on the Fire HD, unfortunately.

The iPad retains a slick simple interface that works. I do wish it had those Dolby dual stereo speakers.

I hope Apple ups the ante on their feature set for the next iPad.
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Kindly explain your disagree, good sir or ma'am.

Sarcasm1554d ago

That's the thing that keeps people going back to Apple products. It just "Works." People can hate all day about their business practices or whatever the case, people cant deny that their interface is simple, easy to use, and works a majority of the time. Though sometimes my iPad may have a couple hiccups here and there, I've never had any issues with it.

Heck, the iPhone is so easy to use, my parents both have a 4S. Keeping in mind they don't even know how to use a computer.

Although I'm an Android guy myself, its easy to see why some folks prefer the Apple stuff.

Knight_Crawler1554d ago

Have to agree with you on that Apple has created simple products but yet found a way to convince the mass that its the best most advance technology out there.

But Apple are not the only ones who are guilty of this look how much the Nintendo Wii has sold despite the PS3 being 100 x more powerful or look how much Beats headphones have sold compared to better cheaper alternatives.

SilentNegotiator1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

It's a good point. I don't care if you love or hate Apple. Their philosophy is that things work and in a straight forward manner.

I like Android personally, but I hate having to do things like research to make sure I'm not getting spyware on the Play Store. (IDK how Amazon Marketplace does things)

Knight_Crawler1554d ago

Apple will up its ante but unfortunately it will also up its price.

I a cert Apple distributor and one agreement they mske you sign before you can starting selling Apple products is that you can not lower the Apple product price - if an iphone cost $600 on launch day you still need to sell that phone for $600 a year after...smart move by Apple becuase this way they can ensure that there product always remain expensive, MS is wants to adapt this with the Windows RT.

Trenta271553d ago

I got an iTouch in 2009. Since then, I spent a ton of money on iOS apps. Since then I got a iPhone and recently an iPad. Going to something anything other then Apple at this point would just be silly.

evil_element1554d ago

I dont think it will ever matter what other companies can pull out of the hat. As long as they use there old approach to designing technology they wont break through. (Thats just pushing more and more tech under the hood).

If the experience is broken and complex, 99% of users will walk away from that device.