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Apple iPad vs. Kindle Fire: What Apple's Tablet Has That Amazon's Lacks

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/30/11 12:17 PM ET   Updated: 11/30/11 05:12 AM ET

Turnabout is fair play: When we released the Amazon Kindle Fire's advantages over the Apple iPad, you had to know that we would return with the iPad's advantages over the Kindle Fire, right?

The Kindle Fire, which was announced by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a media event on September 28 and which will be released for $199 on November 15, is seen by many to be a major competitor to the dominant iPad. Whether or not it is an iPad killer remains to be seen, though tablet buyers will likely be choosing between the two this holiday season.

Below, check out our top 9 advantages that the iPad has over the newborn Kindle Fire (and then head back to our thoughts on what the Kindle Fire does better than the iPad):

It Can Connect To The Internet Without WiFi
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The cheapest iPad ($499) can't do this, as it's WiFi-only, but you can upgrade to the $629 16GB iPad for access to the Internet over a 3G network with a paid data plan. The Kindle Fire (of which there is only one model) connects to the Internet via wireless connection only, though future models may be equipped for 3G; on the same day that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Kindle Fire, he also introduced a 3G-capable Kindle Touch for $150.
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