Amazon Fire vs iPad – Which is Better?

If you’re trying to decide between an Amazon Fire and an iPad, then it’s not the easiest choice to make. They both provide a relatively good option, and it really depends on what you’re looking for.

However, there are some things that you can do to make the decision a little easier. As long as you know what criteria you want from a tablet and what you’re going to use if for, then it should be relatively easy to make the choice. So, lets look at some differences between these tablets.

Amazon Fire vs iPad

Amazon Fire

When we’re looking at the Amazon Fire, you generally have the choice between their 3 bestselling models. You can either stick with the standard Fire 7, or you can go for the more expensive Fire 10 – the number is respective of the tablets size, so if you want a bigger tablet, then the Fire 10 would be the better choice. In between these two is the Amazon Fire 8, which offers a compromise between cash and performance.

Amazon Fire 7

Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black
  • 7" IPS display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD)
  • Faster 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music
  • Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off toggle
  • 1 GB of RAM

The Amazon Fire 7 is the first place people should look in my opinion. If you only think you’ll use this tablet occasionally, then it makes sense to try and cut costs. The Fire 7 is one of the cheapest tablets that’s currently out there, although it doesn’t have a lot of power.

Pros

  • The main positive about the Amazon Fire 7 is it’s very low price. For those looking for the cheapest tablet, it’s a great option.
  • It has all the basic things that you could want from a tablet. Camera, Bluetooth and the same Amazon warranty.

Cons

  • The main drawback of opting for a Fire 7 is that it’s not very powerful.
  • In comparison to the other Amazon fire models, the Fire 7 has a pretty low battery life, less power and the camera is nowhere near as good as the improved models.

Amazon Fire 8

All-new Fire HD 8 tablet, 8" HD display, 32 GB, designed for portable entertainment, Plum
  • 8" HD display, 2X the storage (32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card) + 2 GB RAM.
  • All-day battery life - Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.
  • Now with USB-C for easier charging. Fully charges in under 5 hours (with included cable + adapter).
  • 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz quad-core processor.
  • Enjoy your favorite apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported).

The Fire 8 is an upgrade on the Fire 7. It has an increase battery life, so if this is important to you and you don’t want to spend time charging your device, then it might make sense to upgrade to this model. Of course, it’s a little bit more expensive, but not by too much.

Pros

  • The Fire 8 has 2GB of RAM, as opposed to only the 1GB you get with the Fire 7. So if you want something that’s more powerful, then it makes sense to opt for the Fire 8.
  • The Fire 8 has an improved display, which makes it a good choice for those who will spend time watching videos or reading.

Cons

  • Like any cheap tablet, it still isn’t going to perform well if you’re using programs that require a lot of power!
  • Much like the other Fire models, there are still improvements that could be made on the Fire 8, including the sound quality and the ability to transfer files from your computer/laptop.

Amazon Fire 10

Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black
  • 10.1" 1080p full HD display; 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD)
  • Now 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM
  • Longer battery life—Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music
  • Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off toggle
  • 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording

For those looking for a bit more from their tablet, then it would make sense to upgrade to the Amazon Fire 10. It’s a bigger and better version of the Amazon Fire 7, which makes it very useful for people who will spend a lot of time scrolling or watching things on their tablet.

Pros

  • Of course, it’s easy to see why people want to opt for a Fire 10. The large screen is it’s main attraction, as this is a much better size to watch videos on. However, bear in mind that this does make it less portable!
  • The base model comes with 32GB of storage, with the capability to upgrade to 64GB!

Cons

  • The main drawback of the Fire 10 is that it’s quite a bit more expensive than the smaller models of the Fire. So unless you’re happy to invest this much in a tablet, then a cheaper option would be best.
  • In terms of performance, this model doesn’t offer much more than the Fire 8 does.

All in all, I do think that the Amazon Fire series have their place in the market for those looking for a cheap tablet to use with their Amazon Alexa or just for simple tasks, like reading. However, because they are so cheap, they might not have the power that you need in a tablet. So, you might be better off looking at an iPad.

iPad

It isn’t easy to compare an iPad to a Amazon Fire, because they’re really intended for different purposes. Whilst an Amazon Fire is fine for browsing Spotify or using an an e-reader, they aren’t great for surfing the web or playing games that require more power.

If you want this, then I’d advise that you look at a more powerful iPad, which will give you the ability to do so. I suggest that if you do opt for an iPad, just make sure it has 4GB of RAM or more. This power should be sufficient to cope with higher capacity programs and apps.

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If you’re looking for an effective tablet, then I’d advise that you look at Apple’s iPad Pro series. It’s definitely one of the best choices if you’re looking for a good tablet. They will typically have more power, a better display, a better camera and well.. pretty much a better everything than anything from the Fire series!

The main drawback about the iPad Pro series is that they’re pretty expensive! They won’t be suitable if you’re looking for something cheap. If you want something for your kids, then check out this guide for the best tablet for toddlers.

Conclusion

All in all, it’s quite easy to understand the difference between the two. For those looking for a cheap option, then the Fire series is probably the best line on the market, and it’s a perfect kids tablet. However, if you want something a little better, the you might want to upgrade to an iPad.

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