Amazon Kindle vs. Apple iPad Specs Comparison

This has absolutely nothing to do with Seattle-area real estate, but since I’m interested in geeky gadgets and I couldn’t find a similar table elsewhere online, I thought I’d put this up here. For the record, I don’t really have much interest in buying either of these devices at their current price points. Just for kicks I also tossed a netbook on there (which is the sort of thing I would buy).

Sources: Kindle specs, Kindle DX specs, Apple iPad specs, NB305 specs

Kindle Kindle DX iPad 16GB iPad 32GB iPad 64GB Toshiba NB305
Price $259 $489 $499 $599 $699 $350
Screen Size 6.0″ 9.7″ 9.7″ 10.1″
Resolution 800×600 1200×824 1024×768 1024×600
Screen Type B/W E Ink LED Backlit Color LED Backlit Color
Weight 10.2 oz 18.9 oz 24.0 oz 41.6 oz
Width 5.3″ 7.2″ 7.5″ 10.5″
Height 8.0″ 10.4″ 9.6″ 7.6″
Thickness 0.4″ 0.5″ 0.9″
Storage 2GB 4GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 160GB
SD Slot no no yes
Wi-Fi no yes yes
3G yes $130 extra no
3G Service free $15/mo 250GB
$30/mo unlimited
Camera no no yes
Ethernet no no yes
Keyboard yes on-screen yes
Multi-Touch no yes no
Bluetooth no yes no
Battery Life “up to 1 week” “up to 10 hours” “up to 11 hours”
Speakers built-in built-in built-in


  1. 1

    Tim, my wife has both a Kindle and a Toshiba Netbook (NB205). I just downloaded Kindle for PC to it to see how well it worked on the smaller netbook. Seemingly fine. The only thing is, I think you need to have a Kindle to use Kindle for PC, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon change that. Kindle for PC, though, also doesn’t do magazines and newspapers.

    BTW, we also recently got the Comcast 3G/4G card for it, which I think is the same was what Clear (formerly Clearwire) offers. Much better than the old Clearwire product both as to number of locations it works and speed.

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    Jbeans says:

    I’m in love with the iPad already! Don’t get the point of the netbooks, as I already have a MacBook. Besides, they run Windows… ’nuff said. The Kindle doesn’t interest me at all. I’m still old-school when it comes to reading books.

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    RE: Jbeans @ 2 – Actually the OS makes little difference for these smaller products, because you’re not likely to add and run a lot of programs on them. I view them mainly as web browsing devices. I think that might favor Apple because I for example would be more inclined to buy their product despite the OS, so that might open them up more to the wider audience of Windows users. (BTW, I haven’t read anything about these new Apple devices yet–specifically about their ability to run Windows programs.)

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    RE: Jbeans @ 2 – BTW, on the Kindle, I think the main complaint I’ve heard is they really aren’t for people that like to read in the bathtub. Other than that, people seem to like them. My mom likes hers because she doesn’t have to pack so many books when she travels.

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    The Tim says:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 4:

    BTW, on the Kindle, I think the main complaint I’ve heard is they really aren’t for people that like to read in the bathtub. Other than that, people seem to like them.

    Well there was the whole 1984 debacle, as well…

  6. 6

    Wait and Give ‘Em a Couple Three Years on the Market

    And they’ll be $79 a piece….just like the GPS prices plummetted IMO.

    The joke is, the newer cheaper GPS units have improved features too….LOL

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    ARDELL says:

    RE: The Tim @ 5

    “For the record, I don’t really have much interest in buying either of these devices at their current price points.”

    Is it a “device bubble”? :) Glad to see it is not only “houses” that are overpriced in your opinion LOL!

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    RE: ARDELL @ 7 – Well, at least there’s little debate on inflation/deflation when it comes to electronics.

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    ARDELL says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 8

    I’m totally loving the iPad…except the part where I might not be able to get the mls on it.

  10. 10

    RE: ARDELL @ 9 – Or Kindle for Mac (still coming soon).

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    gordonshumway says:

    I’m cautiously optimistic about it, but I’ll reserve full judgment until I can fondle one in person. As someone who’s looking for a device that leans more towards computer than iPhone, I’m disappointed it can’t run multiple apps at the same time. What if I want to stream audio over wifi and work on a document? All these things you take for granted on a laptop this won’t be able to do.

  12. 12

    RE: gordonshumway @ 11 – I really need to read up on this thing. It can’t run multiple apps? What OS does it have? The same one as my Palm Centro? ;-)

  13. 13
    gordonshumway says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 12

    I believe it’s running the iPhone v3.2 OS. So it is exactly as it appears, an overbuilt iPhone. Supposedly they’ll be going to software version 4 soon, no idea if that version allows apps to run in the background.

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    Is this think a second rate phone too, like the iPhone? I heard references on the news comparing it to doing more than a Smartphone.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: ARDELL @ 7 – No bubble, just no use for devices with that limited a feature set for that high a price point. My next big gadget purchase is probably going to be a Nexus1 phone.

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 12 – Gordon is right, 1 app at a time is probably its biggest shortcoming, among a handful.

  16. 16

    I see the on-screen keyboard as being a big negative too, although I guess they have an accessory keyboard. Not that the Kindle keyboard is very good either, but you’re not going to be doing any serious web-browsing with a Kindle. HP has some fairly inexpensive touch screen computers. It wouldn’t surprise me that they’ll come out with a touch screen Netbook shortly to compete with the iPad.

  17. 17

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 16
    Maybe it’s because I’m an old fart, but found the iphone’s touchscreen keyboard too small to navigate, too easy to hit the wrong letter. A big on screen keyboard might just be what the doctor ordered for Mr. Magoo here.

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    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 17 – I have those problems with my Centro too, but I was comparing it to a Netbook with a real keyboard. What I was envisioning with my HP comment above was a very small tablet computer–one you can use like a Netbook or one you could use like an iPad. That’s actually what I though Apple would do, but I also thought they’d come out with a product whose price was north of $1,000.

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    Blog Kindle says:

    Why would you say that Kindle has an SD slot? Original Kindle used to have one but K2 and KDX that were released last year – don’t.

    Personally I believe that iPad is as useless as 1st generation iPhone was before the app store, 3G and MS exchange support.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: Blog Kindle @ 19 – Sorry, I tried to look for this info online since the page on Amazon didn’t say one way or the other and I thought I found info indicating that it did have one. Didn’t realized they dropped it from Gen2. I’ll update this. Thanks.

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