The most recent Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire were both released recently in 2013.
Both tablets have positive ratings, but the rating scores for the Google Nexus 7 go beyond that of the latest Kindle Fire. Today we will review the specs and features of both tablets to see if they match up with the ratings and if the Nexus 7 truly does put out the Kindle Fire.
Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 presents itself as a functional and affordable tablet. The Google Nexus 7 2013 is available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $350 USD. The Nexus 7 runs on Android OS and is compatible with versions 4.4, 4.4.2,and 4.3. The Google Nexus 7 measures at 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 inches and weighs 10.55 ounces. The tablet’s seven inch IPS liquid crystal display has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution that has a density of 323 pixels per inch and a peak brightness of 300 cd/m2. . The tablet’s capacitive, multi-touch touchscreen is made of scratch-resistant, Corning Gorilla glass with a light sensor feature. The Nexus 7 has 32 GB of built in storage and 2048 MB of RAM. The processing power and specs hold up well to tablet industry standards for a reasonable price.
Amazon Kindle Fire
While trying to break into the tablet marketplace, the Amazon Kindle Fire is targeted primarily at an audience that is looking for e-readers. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013 is available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $139 USD and comes with a warranty period of twelve months. The Kindle Fire runs on Android Fire OS 3.0 UI based on the Android OS version 4.2.2. The Kindle Fire come with its own unique app market, though regular Android apps should run on the device just fine. The Kindle Fire measures at 7.52 x 5.04 x 0.42 inches and weighs 12.07 ounces. The tablet’s seven inch IPS liquid crystal display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution that has a density of 216 pixels per inch. The tablet’s capacitive, multi-touch touchscreen is made of scratch-resistant glass with a light sensor feature. The Kindle Fire has 8 GB of of built in storage and 1024 MB of RAM. While the specs are great for reading books and playing the occasional game, the Kindle Fire does not stack up as a great tablet.
As far tablets go, the Google Nexus 7 has the the Amazon Kindle Fire beat. Features like the cameras and built in wireless charging make the Google Nexus 7 outshine the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013 by far. In specs like memory and display power, the Google Nexus 7 2013 excels far past Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 2013. The Kindle Fire is cheaper and less effective as a tablet, though it serves its purpose as an electronic reading device quite well. If you are looking for a device that primarily functions as a tablet, you might consider looking into the Google Nexus 7 2013 as an great mid-range option. If you want an e-reader with a few more options, the Kindle Fire will suffice.