"Should I buy an iPad or save some a few j and buy the Kindle Fire instead?"
To some, that might sound like an insane query, but you'd be shocked how often it comes up.
Now that we have a new iPad and probably won't see a sequel to the Fire until this fall, it's time to break it down. Which tablet should you buy and why?
This is really no contest. The new iPad's Retina display is quite simply the best tablet screen you can get right now. As you've probably heard, the new iPad has about a million more pixels than your HD TV, all packed so close together that you can't even see them with the naked eye.
The Kindle Fire's screen is decent, but nowhere near as crisp as the iPad's.
Kindle Fire: 0
Movie and music downloads
Both Amazon and Apple have impressive online music stores. The selection is nearly identical. Amazon's music store does have a tiny advantage thanks to its free Cloud Player. Any music you buy from Amazon will be stored in the cloud. (Apple's iTunes Match is similar, but costs $25 per year.) You can then stream or download your tunes to your Kindle or just about any other device, except for an iPhone or iPad, of course.
As far as video goes, both Amazon and Apple offer a great selection of movies and TV shows. Many TV shows are available the day after they air on both services.
Because of Amazon's free Cloud Player, we're going to award the Kindle Fire a point.
Kindle Fire: 1
Both the Kindle Fire and the iPad give you access to popular streaming services Hulu and Netflix. It's a draw. However, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you get free access to thousands of streaming videos from Amazon Instant's video service.
Amazon also lets you stream videos you buy to your Kindle Fire without actually having to store them on the device. Apple still makes you download the full video to your iPad if you want to watch it.