September 17, 2014

Amazon Offers Comparable Tablet Cheaper Than iPad Air

Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9

Apple may have begun the tablet revolution. But small business owners and entrepreneurs who favor the devices for staying on top of information while on the go now have more choices than ever.

The latest comes from an unlikely source – Amazon.

With the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 in stores, mobile entrepreneurs have access to tablets comparable to the iPad Air at competitive prices. The two devices were announced by Amazon together with a new version of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and new Kindle Fire HD 7 in September.

High Resolution and 4G LTE

The key to the competitiveness of the Amazon tablets is certainly partially their new higher resolution. At 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX’s resolution is said by some to be better than the iPad Air, reports CNET.

The availability of 4G LTE, actual cellular connectivity rather than just WiFi connected to a network through a router, means they are more mobile than the Kindles that came before.

At $479, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX with 4G LTE comes in about $20 cheaper than the new iPad Air. Meanwhile, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX with 4G LTE at $329 comes in considerably cheaper.

Tablet Field Grows

Certainly, the iPad continues to have advantages. For example, tech writer Anand Lal Shimpi reported recently on the Air’s ability to function as its own hotspot with a single charge for more than a day. But this probably goes well beyond the needs of the average mobile business owner.

Meanwhile, many company’s have begun to offer alternatives, including tablets with Windows and Android operating systems, at similar or competitive prices.

In the end, there are many cost effective solutions for budget conscious small business owners and entrepreneurs today seeking a tablet for business.

Image: Amazon

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. Love to see the competition in this space. Helps bring quality up and prices down.

  2. It seems that these days tablets are getting thinner and thinner. It is no longer an issue of specs. Sometimes, it is more of an issue of design. The better a tablet looks, the more sales it gets. I hope this move will help Amazon eventually sell more devices. I guess they are really focusing well on their marketing lately.

  3. I say let them keep on competing! (as long as quality isn’t compromised, of course). The customer gets to benefit. Good times. Good times. :)

    Let’s see who comes up with their next tablet and how much they’ll charge. *rubs hands with glee* I have a feeling it’ll be sooner rather than later what with the holiday season round the corner.

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