Kindle Fire HD Vs Nexus 7

Amazon launched Kindle Fire HD, offering several key hardware improvements, overhauled software, at $199 price tag and offers an interesting alternative to the pure Android experience of the Nexus 7 which is also priced at $199.

Kindle Fire HD

The Positives:
Kindle Fire HD is tied to Amazon’s ecosystem of digital media storefronts, including Kindle e-books, Amazon MP3s, and Amazon video on demand. Members of Amazon’s Prime service ($79 per year) are entitled to bonus features, such as free streaming-video content and free books from Amazon’s lending library.

A new feature called FreeTime allows parents to place caps on how much time their children spend on the tablet. Amazon’s Whispersync system allows gamers to save their progress and lets book lovers jump back and forth between written and audio forms of some book titles. And the expansion of Amazon’s X-Ray feature gives fans behind-the-scenes information on their favorite movies and TV shows, in addition to e-book analysis.

In terms of hardware, the Kindle Fire HD has a few features that the Nexus 7 can’t boast. You get the option of a 32GB capacity ($249), not offered by Google. There’s an HDMI output for sharing content on a connected TV. And for those of you who typically dislike the reading experience on a tablet, Amazon paid special attention to Kindle Fire HD’s display, using no-gap lamination techniques and antiglare polarization to dial in the readability. The inclusion of a dual-antenna Wi-Fi antenna system should allow for greater Internet speed and improved streaming-media quality.

The Negatives:
The Kindle Fire HD is a closed system that, for the most part, plays nice only with Amazon’s own services along with a selection of apps that is dramatically limited compared with Google’s Play store. Its hardware lacks many of the sensors found in the Nexus 7, including NFC, a digital compass, and GPS. To that end Amazon also lacks an integrated Map or Navigation app, as these would rely on some of the omitted sensors.

Android apps purchased through Google are not easily installed on the Kindle Fire HD, nor are apps purchased through Amazon easily installed on all types of Android devices .

Nexus 7

The Positives:
The Nexus 7 tablet produced by Google and Asus delivers an undiluted Android experience. It runs Google’s most advanced version of the Android 4.1 operating system, Jelly Bean, which includes advanced features such as voice commands, NFC, and context-aware information through the Google Now dashboard. Features such as Google Maps and GPS make this tablet a great traveling option. The breadth of apps and games is second only to Apple’s. Android apps purchased for the Nexus 7 can also be easily added to any compatible Android smartphones. The deep integration with Google services (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive) can allow professionals to seamlessly juggle between computer, phone, and tablet.

The Negatives:
While the Nexus 7 has arguably the most easily usable Android interface yet, the device’s overall complexity may intimidate users focused solely on entertainment and Web browsing. The $199 base price includes only 8GB of storage, compared with the 16GB offered by Amazon for the same price. Google’s entertainment ecosystem (movies, music, and e-books) doesn’t measure up to Amazon’s, though it is improving quickly.

Here is a comparison of features:

Feature

 Kindle Fire HD 7

Nexus

Dimensions

 7.6 inches by 5.4 inches by 0.4 inch (HWD)

7.8 inches by 4.72 inches by 0.41 inch (HWD)

Weight

13.9 ounces

12 ounces

OS

Custom Android 4.0

Android 4.1

Processor

Dual-core,1.2GHz OMAP 4460

Quad-core Tegra 3

RAM

1GB

1GB

Storage

16GB or 32GB

8GB or 16GB

Front camera

Yes, unknown type

Yes, 1.2 megapixel

Rear camera

No

No

Battery

11 hours

10 hours

Charge type

Micro-USB

Micro-USB

3G

No

No

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n (MIMO)

802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Yes

Yes

Screen size

7 inches, antiglare, laminated (IPS)

7 inches (IPS)

HDMI out

Yes

No

Resolution

800×1,280 pixels

800×1,280 pixels

Book store

Amazon

Google Books, third-party

App store

Amazon

Google Play

Book formats

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX))

App-dependent, more inclusive

GPS

No

Yes

Gyroscope

Yes

Yes

microSD

No

No

NFC

No

Yes

Adobe Flash

No

No

Microphone

Yes

Yes

Other features

Cloud storage backup, wireless sync, Whispersync, Amazon Silk Web browser, Amazon Lending Library, Prime Instant Video, Dolby Digital Plus audio, X-Ray, FreeTime, MIMO dual-band antenna

Larger app selection, Google Now, Voice Commands, broader accessibility options, integration with Google services (Gmail, Docs, Maps, Drive), location-aware,

Price

$199 16GB, $249 (32GB)

$199 8GB, $249 (16GB)

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