The tablet market is saturated with choices, and most of the devices have very good commercials, making it difficult to know which is truly the best.
One of the big tablets from Samsung is the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, a stylus driven tablet with a great interface and multitasking capability. Amazon’s latest contender is the Kindle Fire HD, which has proven itself to be more than just a reader with its beautiful display and multimedia functionality. If you are trying to decide between these two, perhaps the following head to head comparison of the two devices will help bring clarity to your decision.
Side by Side Specs
At first glance, tablets look a lot alike, but under the hood, there are a lot of key differences. For the techies among us, a look at the specs is very telling. Here is how the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 stack up (for simplicity, the Fire numbers are first, followed by the Tab stats).
- Dimensions: 9.45 in x 6.5 in x .35 in versus 7.1 in x 10.3 in x .35 in
- Weight: 1.25 pounds versus 1.31 pounds
- Screen diagonal size: 8.9 in versus 10.1 in
- Resolution: 1920×1200 pixels versus 1280×800 pixels
- Operating system: Android versus Android
- Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core versus 1.4 GHz quad core
- RAM: 1 GB versus 2 GB
- Internal storage: 16-32 GB versus 16-32 GB
- External drive: none versus micro SD
- Connectivity: WiFi and Bluetooth versus WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS
- Camera: front facing HD versus 1.9 MP and 5 MP
Reasons to Choose
If you are looking for a device that will allow you to read books, watch movies, play a few games, and surf the internet, then you will enjoy the Kindle Fire HD, especially considering that it sells for a mere $229. The Fire is a great tablet for consuming material, including magazines, books (including picture books for children), movies, music, and textbooks. It can also connect users using its front HD camera with Skype in order to make video calls.
On the other hand, if you are in the market for a productivity device that allows for storage of files and other data that you create, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is a much better choice. While it is expensive (starting at $399 for the base model), it can do everything the Kindle Fire HD can do and a whole lot more. The Tab allows you to operate and use multiple windows at once, make conference calls, create documents, and even control your TV, not to mention the fact that the stylus takes tablet performance to a whole new level.
Both the Kindle Fire HD and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are fantastic tablets, but comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges, because they are designed to appeal to different groups of people. Those looking to replace books and DVD players should save the money by buying and Kindle Fire HD, but businesspeople and students will prefer the more powerful capabilities of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 without a doubt.