Kindle DX $489 vs. iPad $499

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

  1. Pumapayam macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2009
    Kindle DX $489

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

    4 GB

    No WiFi

    iPad $499

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


    No GSM

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


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    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


    Nov 2, 2007
    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

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    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


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Wireless access to what? Downloading books and a really slow, black and white web browser?
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    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

    May 7, 2009
    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


    Apr 11, 2009
    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

    Jan 8, 2006
    What sales?

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