Kindle DX $489 vs. iPad $499

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Pumapayam, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Pumapayam macrumors member

    Pumapayam

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    Kindle DX $489

    9.7 in diagonal black and white
    824 × 1200 pixels
    18.9 oz (540 g)

    4 GB

    No WiFi
    EVDO/CDMA

    iPad $499

    9.7 in diagonal color
    1024x768 pixels
    24 oz (680 g)

    16GB

    WiFi
    No GSM

    That $10 difference looks ridiculous now huh!
     
  2. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    I agree that this may force Amazon to drop the DX's price, but you did forget one key feature, namely

    Kindle DX: Free unlimited monthly wireless access
    Apple iPad: Wireless plans starting at $15/mo.
     
  3. mackmgg macrumors 65816

    mackmgg

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    Even with the wireless plans, if amazon doesn't lower the kindle's price, this will dramatically cut into the DX's sales
     
  4. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    While I don't use an Kindle, I'm pretty sure the e-ink screen will still be favored by heavy readers who will find the e-ink superior for reading.

    I personally would use this type of device for emags and newspapers vs actual books. The price was very surprising (in a good way) to me. I was betting when they tossed up the $999 on the screen they would make a big deal about price then end up at $799 and get the same Oooo's and Ahhhh's from the crowd. Dropping that to $499 I was like holy ****, that makes everything I just watched that much better.

    I have purchased (and returned) several devices such as the MBA, netbooks, tablet media devices (such as Archos 5 and 7) and they all felt rather clunky and cheap, or couldn't handle the load of HD video. Having a 10 to 12" device for video and streaming content is what I have wanted for several years. If this iPad performs as shown it will be a winner in my book.
     
  5. NathanCH macrumors 65816

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    Wireless access to what? Downloading books and a really slow, black and white web browser?
     
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Be fair to the Kindle and list that its screen is e-ink, which is much more realistic compared to paper than the iPad's LCD. I also don't know that many people buy the DX since you can get the regular Kindle for $260.
     
  7. masmullin macrumors member

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    As an owner of a Sony Reader, I have to say that eink is terrific for reading.

    the Kindle DX is supposidly pretty bad with PDFs, it doesn't link then, no annotation etc. Which is the only reason I haven't bought one

    Apple will probably be able to do great things with PDF, but since they've gone with a LCD screen I simply cannot buy the thing (I'll get eye strain from readin)

    sigh.... two devices which are almost, but not quite :(
     
  8. Pumapayam thread starter macrumors member

    Pumapayam

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    I agree, and yet I don't

    You don't have to be on any wireless plan to get books directly to your iPad. Wifi is a great free option.

    Plus, I am comparing the non GSM iPad at $499, not the $629 GSM+WiFi version on purpose for a direct price war.
     
  9. mcnicks macrumors regular

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    What sales?
     

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