Amazon have just announced the arrival of their Android powered tablets here in the UK, and with the recent arrival of their App Store this was no surprise to the industry.
Google’s Nexus 7 promotion on their homepage is powerful marketing, but Amazon are more than able to compete. Visitors to the Amazon homepage today are being greeted with a promotional letter from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos:
How does the Kindle Fire Compare to the Nexus 7?
Here’s a quick summary of the differences between the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 tablet.
The Fire offers the following:
- HDMI out support
- 32gb Capacity
- Dual WiFi antenna
- Tight integration with Amazon
However it doesn’t have:
- Access to Google Play Market
I don’t think there is a clear winner here. The Nexus has greater sensor capability, games potential, freedom to use Google and Amazon content, plus access to the latest Android releases. But Amazon’s tablet is cheaper and comes with more storage, the HDMI out option could be a draw too.
To be honest I think I would still go for the Nexus 7 if I were a new buyer.
It will be interesting to see what Google does next? Will they compete with the rumoured 3G Nexus 7, or how about a price cut?
Good News For Android
I do see this as good news for Android as a platform, perhaps not great for Google as Amazon are promoting their own App Store and content.
But the wider reach Android has, the more interest developers will take, and this will only mean more high quality apps whether you own a Kindle Fire or Nexus.
Where does this leave Apple?
There are strong rumours flying round as to whether Apple will join in the 7″ tablet battle and I have already posted my own thoughts on this.
Amazon’s cheap, powerful tablet with Amazon content integration will only make it harder for Apple to muscle in on the action. There will always be a hard core of Apple fans out there which will snap up an iPad 7″, but I can’t see how they can now compete against Google and Amazon for the mass market.
Will You be Switching?
I can’t see any real reason why you might ditch your Nexus 7 for a Kindle Fire HD, although HDMI out is the one thing that might interest me. New buyers have got a dilemma on their hands though, I think you would have to consider both.
Which tablet do you think is better?