Monday, 13 August 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 vs Google Nexus 7: Budget Tablets in Comparison

Yes, the iPad is the best tablet in the market; yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab is also a market leader. But how true is the statement that there is life beyond these two mammoth tech monoliths- pretty much.  Not everyone has the pecuniary potential to spend 30k to get him or herself a tablet, the budget tab comes into play then.

And if one is talking about the budget tablets, he can’t ignore the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 tablet. And today, we are going to compare these two tablets. Kindle is the undisputed ruler of the tablet world and the Nexus 7 is the competitor that will exert all its might to usurp the Kindle. So, without wasting any further time, let’s compare both the dark horses one against another.

Operating System

On one hand the Nexus 7 boasts of the latest and the best OS, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and on the another, the Kindle sports a customized Android OS. Nexus 7 looks far ahead of the Kindle but those who have used the Kindle would definitely say that the difference is not as conspicuous as it looks on paper. Anyway, the Google Nexus 7 bags the game.


The Kindle Fire 2 comes packed with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, which is well complimented by a 512MB RAM. Nexus 7 goes several steps ahead and packs a quad core ARM A9 processor, seconded by a 1GB RAM. No prizes for guessing folks, Nexus 7 all the way.


In the storage segment the Kindle Fire offers 8 GB of onboard storage capacity, this might seems small but when you get to know that Amazon gives unlimited cloud storage for all the Amazon products from films to books, the storage capacity suddenly starts to look gigantic. The other device in question, the Google Nexus 7 tablet come in two memory avatars: 8GB and 16 GB. In both the cases there is no memory expansion available. Kindle has a slight edge over the other tablet.


The Nexus 7 has a 7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with  16M colors, the tablet has a pixel resolution of 1280x800p. In reply the Kindle Fire 2 offers you the same screen size with same display specs excluding the pixel resolution, which is 1024x600p, a little less than the Nexus 7.  I would call it tie.


The Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP camera on the front side of the body for video chat and self portrait. But the Kindle disappoints here with offering no camera for the said purposes. Google Nexus 7, what else.


Amazon Kindle Fire standard Li-Ion 4400mAh battery and the Google Nexus 7 tablet comes packed with 4325mAh battery. Advantage Kindle.


In the features segment the Nexus seems to be holding the upper hand as it has Bluetooth that the Kindle doesn’t. In the sensors category the Kindle only sports Accelerometer whereas the Nexus 7 has gyro, proximity, and compass in addition. Moving on both the machines have USB and 3.5mm jack connectivity. Nexus 7 has GPS but Kindle Fire 2 once again disappoints.

Final Words

The competition was fierce, but if I have to come to a decision I would go with the Google Nexus 7. But, by no means, it employs that the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is an inferior machine.  But yes, with features like the camera, Bluetooth, and different sensors the Nexus 7 has it. Thumbs UP.
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