The obvious competitor to the Google Nexus 7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. So why didn’t I buy one of those?
Well quite simply the Kindle Fire is not yet available in the UK, so it’s a very easy decision to make right now. And given that it was released in the US some time ago, the long wait does rather put me off.
But perhaps the Amazon tablet is worth waiting for? Why did I decide to buy the Nexus 7 (besides that it will actually be available in a couple of weeks).
Kindle Fire versus Nexus 7 Tablet
To be frank, the Nexus 7 trumps the Fire in almost every respect.
Screen: Both the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 have a 7 inch screen. The Fire has a decent resolution at 1024 x 600, but the Nexus 7 beats it with 1280 x 800. The Nexus 7′s 216 ppi pixel density is therefore way ahead of the Fire’s 170 ppi.
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Dimensions: The Nexus 7 is a little taller than the fire (7.81″ vs 7.48″) however the Nexus is a hair thinner at .41-inches thick compared to the Fire’s .45-inches. Both are 4.72-inches wide. Call it a draw.
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Hardware: The Nexus 7 has a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NVidia 12-core graphics processor, topped off with 1024 MB of RAM. Compare this to the Fire’s 1 GHz Texas Instruments dual-core processor with 512 MB or RAM.
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Software: Both devices are Android powered, the Nexus runs Google’s latest and greatest and is geared up to run with Google’s Play store. The Kindle on the other hand is set up to integrate with Amazon’s store. However, Amazon content is accessible to Nexus owners via their Android App.
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The truth is, the Nexus 7 trumps the Kindle in almost every respect and is pitched at the same price point. To be fair, the Fire is older and therefore we expect it to be lagging slightly, no doubt Amazon will release a revamped edition soon although given that the first one is still not available in the UK I won’t be holding my breath!
I’ll be going for the Nexus 7 as it looks like the first branded tablet that meets my needs at a price I’m willing to pay. There are of course other options and I’ll run through those in a future post.