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Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

These two devices aim to offer a great tablet experience for a great price, but which is better?

To be honest, Android tablets have yet to really set the world alight, but that isn’t down to the lack of choice, but more often than not it’s solely down to the price. Finding the right price bracket is an important factor, and something that many Android tablets have struggled to really get to grips with.

However, late last year saw the release of the Kindle Fire from Amazon. Although it didn’t set the world alight with blistering specifications, it certainly carved a market for itself being both a great tablet, available at a competitive price. Google have now come in to get a share of the budget pie with the announcement of their Nexus 7 tablet. Both tablets come in at a reasonable price, but which is better? Read our head-to-head as we compare a few of the specs for both.

Body and design

Neither tablet have any remarkable features on them, and stick to a rather bland rectangular design. The Nexus 7 is coated in a layer of Corning FIT Glass to hopefully detract from the chance of any scratches appearing on the screen. Both devices have IPS displays, but their resolutions do differ and the Nexus 7 slightly outpoints its competitor with a 1280×800 resolution, compared to the Fire’s 1026×600.

Processor

One of the biggest differences between the two tablets are there power and speed (based on their specs, of course). The Kindle Fire offers a 1GHz dual-core processor which, on the most part, offered a smooth performance. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 packs in a mammoth 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, that on paper looks to really stand out from the competition.

Storage

A disappointment for both tablets, is that neither comes with a micro SD slot to extend your memory even further, so tough luck for the movie junkies out there. The Kindle Fire sports a very average 6GB of internal storage, but Amazon have included free cloud storage for its users. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 will be available in two different versions, 8GB and 16GB of storage. We would expect some sort of deal with Google’s cloud service, Drive, to appear at some point, however.

On first glance, there’s plenty of similarities between the two tablets, and both are aimed at a similar market. From what we’ve seen so far of the Nexus 7, it’s looking to be one powerful little machine, but hopefully the Kindle Fire will hold a place in people’s hearts still!
(Full head-to-head once we get our hands on the Nexus 7)

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