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Which Is Better For Movies? Kindle Fire HD or iPad?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I am thinking of getting a tablet to watch movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime while I'm on the road, but I'm torn between the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the iPad. Which one is better for movies? Is the Kindle Fire better for Amazon Prime because it's an Amazon product? Also, isn't the Kindle Fire cheaper? -- Cheryl, Atlanta, Georgia.

Cheryl, I have both tablets and I am very impressed with each of them. But there are some  differences in design and price that might influence your decision, particularly if you're buying a new tablet largely to watch movies.

For starters, the latest Apple
iPad is 9.7 inches and available now at Amazon for $517 while the Kindle Fire HD is available for $199 in a 7-inch edition and an 8.9 version for $269. (There's also a mini 7.9-inch iPad available here for $354.)

As you can see, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is less expensive, but the iPad comes with a retina display and a 2048 x 1536 resolution, which makes for a sharper picture. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD offers a 1200 x 800 resolution, which will still deliver a high-def picture but not as sharp and vivid as the iPad. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, which comes closer to the iPad.

The 9.7-inch iPad is a bit bigger than the Kindle Fire's largest edition, albeit by just an inch. But if you're watching movies on the road, that one inch could be important to you.

Both the iPad and the Kindle Fire HD offer apps for Netflix and Amazon Instant Video and there is no real difference in how they work on each tablet. So if you're an Amazon Prime/Instant Video fan, it doesn't matter if you get the Amazon product or the Apple product.

Bottom line: The Kindle is less expensive, but may not offer as good a picture as the iPad. The iPad also has that slightly bigger screen.

This may sound like the iPad is the way to go, but for cost-conscious consumers who don't mind a somewhat smaller screen when watching movies on the go, the Kindle Fire HD may be the best option.

My advice is to find someone who has each tablet and give them a spin. Within minutes, you'll know which one works best for you. Personally, I like the iPad better for viewing movies and TV shows, but my wife likes the ease in handling the smaller Kindle. So this is no slam dunk; you'll have to make your own decision.

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