Just over a week ago, Kindle announced their new Kindle. I wrote a post about it.
The device looked all well and good. It was faster than the Nook, had a color screen, but some of my issues with it were no expandable storage, no camera, and a partial implementation of Android without access to the Android Market. The device is not even going to be released until mid November, but supposedly, they are already selling 25,000 units per day. The thing the Kindle Fire really had going for it was the price. A 7 inch tablet for only $199.
Today though, you can pre-order another 7″ color tablet. The Lenovo ideaPad A1 for the same price as the Kindle. It runs the same operating system, but not crippled, and it has access to the Android Market? It also has front and rear facing cameras, memory expandability, bluetooth, and gps. They also both have the same screen resolution. It will also be released two weeks before the Kindle Fire. The Fire arguably has a better CPU, but does that really matter for reading books? Also the Processor in the IdeaPad A1 is faster than the processor in the Nook color, which has had wide acceptance as being fast enough, and it is $50 cheaper than the Nook color, which also has no cameras.
It makes the Ideapad seem like a downright steal. Since the price of the Kindle Fire and the IdeaPad A1 are the same, what can one do that the other cannot.
The Ideapad will be able to be used for Navigation with its GPS. It will be able to store much more data through its expansion slot. It will be able to be used with external devices like headsets, keyboards and mice, through its bluetooth interface. It will be able to be used for video calls with its front facing camera and it will be able to take pictures with its rear facing camera. It will also have full access to the Market and all it has to offer including access to the Nook ebook Reader Application as well as the Kindle.
What will the Kindle Fire be able to do that the IdeaPad will not? Well, it really comes down to the faster processor, but the IdeaPad should be fast enough to read bbooks, surf the web, and play flash video, so what exactly will the faster processor allow the Kindle Fire to do that the IdeaPad will not?
When taking all this into consideration. It looks like the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is what the Kindle Fire should have been. This makes the Kindle Fire, which looked like a steal when it was announced last week, look like it needs to be about $50 cheaper today. Otherwise, I would choose the IdeaPad over the Kindle Fire.