No. This is not a post about courthouses and their records that have burnt to the ground leaving many genealogists crying amidst their research on the wrong side of a brick wall. I thought I’d take a look at all the brouhaha being made over Amazon’s Kindle Fire and what it can mean for a genealogist and their research.
Kindle Fire’s Specs:
Some say the Kindle Fire is in direct competition with Apple’s iPad, and others are saying, “Are you crazy?”
Here’s how they measure up on the specs:
Clearly Apple’s iPad outdoes Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but how does this translate to a genealogical researcher? Well, there are 2 questions to ask yourself. First, what does a genealogist want to be able to do on a tablet or tablet-like device? Here's what I came up with [Feel free to leave me a comment if I forgot something.]:
Don't forget the Apps
One thing to keep in mind is the Android Apps that the Kindle Fire can download are those only available in the Amazon App Store. If there is an Android app available elsewhere but it’s not in the Amazon App store, then it can’t be used on the Kindle Fire. In my opinion, this seriously hinders you because what makes tablets and Smartphones so handy-dandy are the apps. They bring ease and functionality to tasks that would otherwise be cumbersome in a browser on a small screen. And compared to the iPad, which has over 425,000 apps available to it, the Amazon App store has only several thousand.
However, taking a closer look at the Android apps available in the Amazon Store, there are ones for photo editing and productivity that can help to make your research easier, including the Evernote app. Therefore, part of your analysis of the Kindle Fire should include what's available in their app store.
That Pesky Budget
And the second question you need to consider? What can you afford? The Kindle Fire is just $199 while the iPad starts out at $500. And these prices are where things get a little murky. With the economy the way it is and if you already have a Smartphone, is the Kindle Fire a more affordable option to Apple’s pricier iPad for a genealogical researcher?