Originally Posted by solipsism
It's an off-the-shelf Cortex-A8 at 800MHz SoC. Nothing about it appears to be better or faster than the iPad 2's SoC.
It's not just a consumption device, they do have interactive media. Dual-touch is fine for now but if they plan to grow their Kindle Fire app catalogue they will eventually add a more advanced multi-touch system to future devices.
1 (a)The comment from the OP referred to the original iPad, not iPad2. Let's be fair, at $199 vs $499, I would expect it to be faster.
1. (b)This will be faster than the iPad1, in everyday usage, especially the browser. Perhaps faster than iPad2 as well (browser only I mean.) This is better served being compared to the iPad1, it's much nearer the price point. Still $100 more, but near. No camera on it either. Plus all of the comparisons he made were with the iPad2 specs - I think they are better served with first:
- is over two-thirds the weight of an iPad (413g vs 609g). No - it's almost half the weight of the iPad1 - (413g vs 730g)
- is nearly 80% of the length of an iPad (190mm vs 241.2mm). Correct, but not really an issue.
- is 130% of the thickness of an iPad (11.4mm vs 8.8mm but who cares right?) No - it's 2mm less than the iPad1 (13.4mm)
- offers 8 hours of reading with WiFi off, against 10 hours on the web with the iPad. Pretty decent for much a smaller battery, so of course it's shorter.
2. Yes, but they don't need it for this device, the whole point is to keep costs down to gain share, which they have done very well. I'm sure they will have multi-touch, cameras etc when their ecosystem needs it, but why put it on now? It would just make them look bad, Apple waited for FaceTime, etc. Same deal.