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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad

Microsoft unveiled on Tuesday details about pricing and availability for its new 10.6-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Surface.

As more tablets hit the market, consumers are faced with the task of weeding through the proliferation of options.

The Microsoft Surface touts a slightly larger display compared to the Apple iPad and Kindle Fire HD, which are among the two most popular tablet models. The Surface features a lesser-resolution screen to cut back on battery life, and only includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Apple iPad and Kindle Fire HD both offer 2G, 3G and 4G LTE capabilities.

To make your purchasing decision easier, we stacked the Surface up against the iPad and Kindle Fire HD in a handy chart below.

Microsoft’s new Surface Tablet

Take a look at the specs below and let us know which device you think is the best investment. Will you be purchasing one of the devices? Let us know in the comments.

Microsoft Surface RT vs. Apple iPad vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Screen Size 10.6 inches 9.7 inches 8.9 inches
Resolution 1,366 x 768 2,048 x 1,536 1,920 x 1,200
Pixel Density 148 ppi 264 ppi 254 ppi
Weight 1.5 pounds 1.44 or 1.46 pounds 1.25 pounds
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.7 x 10.8 x 0.37 inches 7.3 x 9.5 x 0.37 inches 6.4 x 9.4 x 0.35 inches
CPU Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 Dual-core 1GHz Apple A5X (quad-core graphics) Dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4470
Storage 32GB or 64GB 16GB, 32GB or 64GB 16GB or 32GB
Connectors USB 2.0, microHDMI Apple 30-pin dock connector microUSB, microHDMI
Operating System Windows RT iOS 6 Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Battery Life 8 hours of mixed activity 10 hours of video playback (11,666 mAh) 9 hours
Camera Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera HD front camera
Networking Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth 4.0 Dual-band Wi-Fi or dual-band Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth
Price $499 for 32GB, $599 for 32GB and Touch Cover, $699 for 64GB and Touch Cover $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular) $299 for 16GB, $369 for 32GB (Wi-Fi); $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular)
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Comments on: "It’s Your Choice: Surface, iPad or Kindle Fire HD" (1)

  1. E.G. Stephens said:

    I’m very interested in buying a tablet soon and my wife is interested, too, but personally, I have lots of questions such as what you would be able to do with each of these tablets such as printing or editing documents, what kind of downloadable content is available for each such as e-books, movies, tv shows, etc. On the Microsoft unit, can you do basically the same things with the Windows RT system that you can do on Win7 or Win 8 such as load other programs like Wordperfect or whatever? Can you record video with the Surface and Ipad? Are there plans for a 4g unit on the Microsoft Surface?

    Also, I understand that there is a $15 extra charge on the Kindles if you want a unit that doesn’t show “recommendations” and ads on the screen all the time. Are there similar things that come on the other units? What comes in the box with each unit? For example, the Kindle doesn’t come with a wall or car charger; that’s extra.

    Just looking at this comparison, it just seems like you trade one thing for another with each one. The Surface lacks 4G, the Kindle lacks a camera to take photos but costs less for data plans than the Ipad, the Ipad is much more expensive but has both 4g and photography capabilities.

    More info, please.

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