Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire – Which one is the best?

While Android phones are pitted against each other every day, in a ruthless market, tablets don’t lead an easy life either. Perhaps the competition is a bit less fierce because there are decidedly fewer contenders. But two of the most talked about tablets- Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire clash have been touted as two of the biggest competitors of the market, in the same league as Apple’s iPhone. So how do they fare in a head-to-head contest?
Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire   Which one is the best?

Design

Nexus 7 is a sleek gadget with its crisp design giving it a convincing edge of much bulkier Kindle Fire. In fact, Kindle Fire is much closer to the 7-ich original Samsung Galaxy Tab that had ushered in a new generation of Android tablets. But what worked for Galaxy cannot be expected to carry Kindle Fire through because there are too many stylish tabs trying to grab a spot in the market. Thankfully Kindle Fire has slapped a smooth rubber back cover on the tab, which makes it look more suited for the fast-changing market. But no matter how good a grip Kindle Fire provide, it cannot beat the futuristic feel of Nexus 7. Moreover, Nexus 7 is also lighter than Kindle Fire at 12 ounces, compared to latter’s14.6 ounces.

Display

Even without splitting hairs, Nexus 7 can be declared a clear winner in this department. Its 1280 x 800p resolution beats Fire’s 1024 x 600p hands down. Even though Fire and Nexus 7 have similar display technology, the latter wins in terms of pixel density and HD display. As a result, Nexus 7 has a more saturated and vibrant display.

Hardware

If specs mean anything then Nexus 7 will sufficiently impress you, more so than Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire runs on an ARM-based Cortex A9 dual core processor clocked at 1GHz while Nexus 7 is equipped with a quad core CPU and a 12 core GPU. Internal storage is mediocre for both the tablets, Fire has 8GB internal memory or Nexus 7 has 8 or 16GB. However, you can use Amazon Cloud Services for Fire, which increases the total memory available. Battery life of Fire is quite good lasting 10-12 hours of constant TV

Streaming. Nexus 7 works quite well too with Android 4.0 giving its battery life a bonus of 20% to 30%.

Software

Both the tablets are Android gadgets, so similarities are inevitable. However, Kindle Fire runs on Android 2.3 which looks primitive compared to Nexus 7’s Android 4.1. However, potential and current Fire users need not lose heart because Amazon has actually gone out on a limb to accommodate customizations in the tablet. However, no amount of modifications can quite stand up to Nexus 7’s Jelly Bean Android 4.1 (updated from the previously installed Android ICS 4.0). Getting quick Android updates Nexus 7 reaps the advantage of being an inherent Google phone.

Verdict

Although it is assumed that Kindle Fire gives a neck-to-neck competition to Nexus 7, upon closer inspection, it is clear that Google Nexus 7 beats it in almost all aspects. However, with good performance and a smooth user interface, Fire is definitely a worthy competitor of Nexus 7.

 

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