It depends on what you want to do with it. The Kindle Fire is only Wi-Fi enabled. You have to be near a wireless router/signal or hotspot. Great for reading of course, and that's what plenty of people want to do with it. Otherwise, it could come down to price if you want the kind of does everything tablet offered by Apple and Samsung. It's tempting to pick Samsung based on that, but the winner of the tablet shootout is iPad 2. The tablet shootout will be reprised though as different versions from each manufacturer come out. Then with more ammo, perhaps Amazon or Samsung can come out on top.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

iPad 2

Kindle Fire

Processor

1GHz, Cortex A8 Hummingbird

1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom

TI OMAP4 dual-core processor

RAM

Internet

592MB

Flash-enabled browser

512MB

Safari browwer, no flash support

Not released Yet

Amazon Silk

Form Factor

4.74 x 7.48 x .47 inches

7.31 x 9.5 x .34 inches

7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches

Display Type

7.0 WSVGA

Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

Vibrant Color IPS

Display Size

3.54 x 6.05

9.7-inch diagonal (1024 x 768 pixels)

7 inch

OS

Multimedia

Android 2.2, Froyo

3.5mm audio jack, built-in speaker/mic, 720p video recording/1080p playback

iOS 4.3

3.5mm audio jack, Mono speaker & mic, 720p video, Facetime calling

Android (custom)

3.5mm audio jack, top-mounted stereo speaker

Battery Life

up to 13 hours

Up to 10 hours

8 hours

Weight

Cloud Storage

Camera

Connectivity

Availability

13.58 ounces

1GB

2MP front, 3MP rear

Bluetooth 3.0 Wi-Fi 802.11b,g,n, 3G

Now

21.8 ounces Wi-Fi/21.6 oz Wi-Fi+3G

5GB free

VGA Front, HD rear

Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11a,b,g,n, 3G (for 3G models)

Now

14.6 ounces

Unlimited for Amazon content

None

i-Fi, USB 2.0 (micro-B connnector)

Nov. 15 (U.S.)

Price


$199

$499 to $829

$199