Difference between Kindle and iPad

Key Difference: A Kindle is a device which allows one to download books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and read them. The iPad mainly focuses on Web browsing and other computing tasks, and also allows the same e-readers tasks as the Kindle.

Kindle is an e-book gadget, which allows readers to download numerous books, magazines, newspapers and blogs to read. Amazon originally launched Kindle on the date November 19, 2007. An e-book reader is essentially a mobile electronic device whose main use is for reading digital e-books and periodicals. ‘Kindling a fire’ is the main context from where the word Kindle was taken.

Kindle has published different ranges of e-book readers for different readers. Models range from a basic reader to touch screen, and illuminated models for reading under the covers. Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Keyboard are e-readers, which feature the electronic paper technology. The electronic paper, also called e-paper looks like traditional paper and has several advantages, such as better readability, less glare, etc. Whereas, Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G Tablet are tablets, which feature LED screens.

Apple originally launched iPad in 2010. Its launch started a new trend for tablets. iPad is a type of tablet PC. iPads have computational properties that can do some tasks as laptops but not all. The company is currently on the iPad fourth-generation, also known as just plain iPad or iPad 4.

iPads have the screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display. iPads are intended as devices for a multimedia experience, reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail. iPads are available with a memory capacity of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Furthermore, the iPad offers more connectivity options, as it also supports 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. The iPod Touch only supports Wi-Fi. Hence, the iPad will have an internet connection on the go.

Comparison between Kindle and iPad:





Kindle is an e-book device, which allows one to download and read books, newspapers, magazines and blogs.

iPad is basically a type of PC. It is a gadget which allows one to access numerous applications.





E-book reader

Tablet Computer

Released year



Color screen

Kindle has only black and white screen to give the actual touch of newspaper or books.

iPad has a color screen.


7 inches

9.7 inches


Ranges from 206 grams to 290 grams

Ranges from 340 grams to 680 grams


Kindle can be only used for reading books, or any other articles, newspapers, etc.

Recently, the Kindle Fire allows one to download movies, shows, songs, games, and apps.

iPad can be used for various purposes, such as reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail.


2GB, 4GB, and 8GB

16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB

Battery life

Kindles battery life is double higher than iPad.

iPad battery lasts for 10 hours.

Additional costs

The Kindle requires no additional service charges. The only additional fees are for downloads.

The iPad can work in most locations if one upgrade to a data service plan with AT&T.




Image Courtesy: the-digital-reader.com, mobilemag.com

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