Kindle Fire or iPad Mini?

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Posted 11/20/2012 by Simple Crafter in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:36:24 PM
My Son-in-law's tablet died this year so we thought we would replace it with another. Which do you think is the better choice? TIA


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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:36:59 PM
iPad mini

The Fire is quirky, to put it kindly.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:39:25 PM
I've only had Apple products so I'm not the most impartial person to ask. But I can say the iPad is an awesome device. I use mine almost exclusively now. Rarely use my laptop. Hope this helps.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:42:54 PM
iPad Mini. I have a Fire and an iPad, and given the option, the iPad will always be the better choice IMO. You can get the Kindle app to read Kindle books, and can watch Amazon instant videos on the iPad as well.





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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:23:57 AM
iPad mini. Hands down. Just the apps alone make it such a better choice. The cost is a bit more, however you get what you pay for.

I always say go big or stay home.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:55:47 AM
From the reviews I've read it really depends on what you want it for

The Mini has two cameras instead of 1 (a front & back) so you can take video of action rather than just yourself. That is part of the main price difference and why I will be getting the Mini instead of the Kindle Fire. I want a small tablet for recording my dd and her dog at shows and during training sessions. The Mini is the only one of the small tablets that can do that because of the second camera

From the reviews most other features are pretty equal. The only Apple product I've ever owned is an iPod so I'm not pushing Apple


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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:35:06 AM

From the reviews most other features are pretty equal.

But feature parity is not really the issue with tablets. The hardware is fairly low on the list of what makes a great tablet; it's important but not at the top of the list. What makes a much bigger difference is the OS and, most importantly IMO, the available apps.

In both of those areas, the mini has HUGE advanatages over the Fire.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 12:14:56 PM

What makes a much bigger difference is the OS and, most importantly IMO, the available apps


For me it depends on what I want to use it for, I'm not purchasing for the apps so that isn't a feature that is at the top of my list


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Posted: 11/21/2012 12:17:38 PM

For me it depends on what I want to use it for, I'm not purchasing for the apps so that isn't a feature that is at the top of my list

??? Everything on tablets is done via apps of one kind or another. Without apps, it's just metal and glass.

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Posted: 11/23/2012 5:45:23 PM
THanks for all the advise. We have decided to get him the iPad mini 32 g. Hope he likes it!


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:35:53 PM
Sounds like you've made a decision, but I would like to point out that the new Fire HD has really gained ground in the app department. You can now download apps from other sources besides amazon now. It's just a click of a button. I don't think you can do apple apps but I know you can use android apps. Also, the WiFi antenna is pretty amazing these days. My sister's can find networks up to 200 yards away.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:41:20 PM
Hands down the mini. Maybe I am just used to being an apple chic but I really didn't like the Fire interface. I basically used it as a reader but enjoyed my original kinder matte print better. I got the mini last weekend and it ROCKS.

Be sure to suck it up and get the apple care. Worth it if you even drop it one time!
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Posted: 11/23/2012 8:26:58 PM

??? Everything on tablets is done via apps of one kind or another. Without apps, it's just metal and glass.


First, I don't understand the need to dump on the Amazon App store. Considering the Fire has been out for only a year, the number of apps available is quite high, and growing exponentially. (No, I don't own a Fire, I just don't understand the need by Apple fans to bash Android/Amazon app store).

Amazon has, as of Sept 2012, over 50,000 apps. Google has over 600,000. Apple has over 600,000.

Second, if all a person wanted to do was read and surf the web ... then a Kindle Fire would be plenty. They would have no need for apps.



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Posted: 11/23/2012 8:32:23 PM

Second, if all a person wanted to do was read and surf the web ... then a Kindle Fire would be plenty. They would have no need for apps.


This is me. I don't play games and rarely watch movies/shows on my fire (I prefer my laptop that has a 17" screen for that.) I use it to read books and magazines and occasionally surf.

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Posted: 11/23/2012 9:15:39 PM

Considering the Fire has been out for only a year, the number of apps available is quite high, and growing exponentially.


Only Apple offers scalable apps -- meaning you can have the same software running on your iPad, iPhone and Mac. I can edit a spreadsheet on my MAC and without doing anything special, I can access the same updates on the mini and Iphone.

As for the Apps, Apple comes loaded with Apps that are part of the operating system. There are other apps that your bank, credit card company, hospital system, make available. Some apps cost a dollar or two.

Think apps = application. Apps aren't always available for all platforms.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 10:28:04 PM
Amazon has a page that compares the 2 side by side. The Kindle would be a good match for a lot of people. I don't have a cell phone, so the iMessage ability to text others with apple products is a big benefit. I would also like something with the back facing camera since i don't have a phone and wouldn't want to carry a camera around. However, I was sorely disappointing that there is no flash on the ipad mini camera. The camera on the ipod touch is better.


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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:14:05 AM

I have just had to make this decision myself - a Kindle as a reader, but then within days of deciding that the iPad mini was available in Australia so it won hands down.

I would get the Apple anytime - you get what you pay for and we have several Apple products, computers, phones, iPad as do DD and DS and we have had no issues with them to date.

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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:02:24 AM
Neither get a Lenovo idea pad. It has great reviews and has the front back camera.



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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:46:17 AM
Good question.

DD, 13, would like a Kindle Fire because she watches Prime movies on mine. She already has an iPhone so any app needs should be met by that.



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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:06:13 PM
I currently have a netbook and I'm wondering if I can replace it with a tablet of some sort.

Do they have USB ports?
Can you download photos onto either of them?
Can you use Word or other software on either?


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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:25:19 PM

DD, 13, would like a Kindle Fire because she watches Prime movies on mine. She already has an iPhone so any app needs should be met by that.

You can also watch Prime movies on an iPad and any apps she has for her iPhone would also work on the iPad so she wouldn't have to rebuy.
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