Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs Fire

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

iPad 4
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 600 More than 5x higher resolution screen
Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Noticeably bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Faster web browser 850ms vs 2,517ms 3x faster web browser
Faster processor 1,400 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 15% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; read more between charges
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon Kindle Fire

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Significantly lighter weight 413 g vs 652 g More than 35% lighter weight
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire 
Screen resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 600
Screen size 9.7" 7"
Pixel density 263 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 8 GB

connectivity

iPad 4  vs
Kindle Fire 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,400 MHz 1,200 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore iBookstore Kindle Store
Average NYT best sellers price $9.45 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 36 38
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Size 241 x 186 x 9 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 652 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad 4
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