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Old Oct 13, 2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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ipod touch or Kindle fire?

Which one would you buy and why? They are exactly same price on both 8GB models.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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I'd say it really depends on what you want to use it for.

Amazon seems to be marketing the Kindle Fire more as a Kindle with a colour screen that also happens to have apps - they're still pushing it a lot as an e-reader like the other Kindles.

The iPod touch, on the other hand, is being marketed as a portable music player and gaming console.

So, really, it comes to what it would be used for. Not to mention the Kindle Fire is quite a bit larger than the iPod touch, so sheer portability is another factor to consider.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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I'd say it really depends on what you want to use it for.

Amazon seems to be marketing the Kindle Fire more as a Kindle with a colour screen that also happens to have apps - they're still pushing it a lot as an e-reader like the other Kindles.

The iPod touch, on the other hand, is being marketed as a portable music player and gaming console.

So, really, it comes to what it would be used for. Not to mention the Kindle Fire is quite a bit larger than the iPod touch, so sheer portability is another factor to consider.
Just curious... Don't you think ipod touch is kind of overpriced based on specs + screen size?
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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Just curious... Don't you think ipod touch is kind of overpriced based on specs + screen size?
They are not overpriced but they use outdated tech. There are many new games coming which make use of dual-core A5 CPU, GTA III, Infinity Blade (has better graphics on iPad 2), Real Racing 2, etc.
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The Kindle is an eReader and the iPod Touch is pretty much an iPhone without the phone ... Aren't they two completely different devices?
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 03:27 AM   #6
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The Kindle is an eReader and the iPod Touch is pretty much an iPhone without the phone ... Aren't they two completely different devices?
They are indeed, which ought to make choosing one fairly easy for the OP - do they want a great book reader that is decent at doing a few other general app things or do they want something that is great at running apps in general and is decent-ish as a book reader (I can't get past the small screen size for the e-books on the ipod thing)
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 07:59 AM   #7
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The Kindle is an eReader and the iPod Touch is pretty much an iPhone without the phone ... Aren't they two completely different devices?
The Kindle Fire is not just an ereader but a full fledged tablet. You could make that assessment regarding the Kindle Touch, but the fire is a 7" tablet running android capable of showing movies, music, games and what not.

As for the OP, it all depends on what you want. The iPod touch is a small device to listen to music watch movies and play games. The Kindle Fire is a tablet that has more functionality and ability. Two different solutions for two different needs.
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The Kindle is an eReader and the iPod Touch is pretty much an iPhone without the phone ... Aren't they two completely different devices?
Not really. Think about it..... touch screen devices. Internet. Apps. Camera. Voice Recording. E-reader. Capable of viewing media. Calendar, other tools. Much more. They are very similar, except for the screen size and a few other things, like Facetime.
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They are not overpriced but they use outdated tech. There are many new games coming which make use of dual-core A5 CPU, GTA III, Infinity Blade (has better graphics on iPad 2), Real Racing 2, etc.
Even if the hardware is outdated, the iPod Touch 4th Generation still has good enough power to run the latest apps. It would last until next year when the A5 Chip will be introduce and perhaps more enhancements.

As for whether or not the iPod Touch is overpriced, that's your opinion. Personally, I think it's a fair price for what you get. It's about the use of the device that dictates what device you want.
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 05:30 AM   #10
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I feel like the Fire is focused more as a media consumption device, and not as much as a social one (not as much as the iPod is). The lack of any camera on the fire is a turnoff to me. No videochat, no taking and sharing your pictures. I do that stuff a lot, so the Fire is a no go for me. But I do like the 7" size. If the Fire2 has cameras, then I'll be interested.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 02:34 PM   #11
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I feel like the Fire is focused more as a media consumption device, and not as much as a social one (not as much as the iPod is). The lack of any camera on the fire is a turnoff to me. No videochat, no taking and sharing your pictures. I do that stuff a lot, so the Fire is a no go for me. But I do like the 7" size. If the Fire2 has cameras, then I'll be interested.
That's why I like to have a mini iPad, but it seems a lot of people hate this idea... because Steve said so...

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I guess anyone can innovate a shrinkable tablet will quickly wipe out any iWhatever and KindleWhatever
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 05:16 PM   #12
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iPod Touch $199 or Kindle Fire $199? If I only had money for one I'd have to take a hard look at my needs. Either will satisfy most of them, and for video and photos and books the bigger screen is always better. If portability is primary then the Touch is far more portable. Carry a purse or backpack or briefcase and you've got room for the Fire though. If all you have is pockets then get a Touch.
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Which one would you buy and why? They are exactly same price on both 8GB models.
How would you use it ? The Fire looks nice but the Touch is more portable (fits in your pocket). As far as pricing, it was reported that the Fire is going to be sold at a lose (i.e. less then what it cost to make) while the Touch is not.
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 12:08 PM   #14
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They have different uses but if I have to pick between the two, I'll go with the iPod Touch.

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Old Oct 15, 2011, 12:21 PM   #15
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Which one would you buy and why? They are exactly same price on both 8GB models.
Strange question. Depending on what you want to do with it, one of them will be completely useless to you. Which one depends on what you want to do.
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Which one would you buy and why? They are exactly same price on both 8GB models.
iPod Touch, hands down.
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 12:00 PM   #17
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Which one would you buy and why? They are exactly same price on both 8GB models.
everyone who says it depends on your needs is absolutely right.

people who keep talking about what a good tablet the fire is... either has not actually used one or read a single review (most say its mediocre).

for me, do I want to pay to dollars for a top of the line portable device that performs well on video, email, web browsing, with camera, microphone or do I want the cheapest tablet out there that has no camera, mediocre software (no music/video management tools), that is too big to put in a pocket but not really big enough to read well?

My guess is you can figure out which way I went for a gift for my niece after looking hard at both. Quality counts.

read this.. http://www.marco.org/2011/11/17/kindle-fire-review

selling points for the touch...
reliable software (reviews of fire says it crashes)
smooth operation (reviews of fire says its jerky and hard to control, that was my experience too)
camera, microphone for skype (none for fire)
portable (fits in pocket, I don't carry a purse)
screen has similar pixel count , though much smaller = higher resolution
lots of great aps (fire has a subset of aps and reviews on them is not coming in well)

all in all from playing with a fire, the touch is just that much more usable.

however, if you got to have that 7 inch screen..... then no contest.
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 08:07 PM   #18
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If I were buying this year, I'd get the nook color. It has twice the RAM and hard drive size, mic, better screen, micro-SD card support than fire at $249. Nook is more open and hackable. I'd rather wait until next year as hopefully cams are included.
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This threads a year old. I doubt the guy cares anymore. He's likely already bought his device
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