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Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

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Interface and Functionality:

Come on people, who doesn’t like having the latest and greatest Android experience? Simply, these two are worlds apart in the software side, as the Nexus 7 has the distinct advantage of running Google’s brand spanking new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience. Not only does it offer a significant amount of functionality over its rival, like having a better notifications system and the addition of Google Now, but it totally blows away the Kindle Fire in the personalization department. Taking into account that the Kindle Fire is running Amazon’s OS (aka a heavily customized Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience), it doesn’t have access to the same wide array of apps available to the Nexus 7 as it doesn't offer the Play Store – instead, it’s presented with some of the popular apps out there available in the Amazon app store, but it’s nowhere close to what’s available for the Nexus 7.

The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


The Kindle Fire is an Android based device with an extensive skin from Amazon - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is an Android based device with an extensive skin from Amazon - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is an Android based device with an extensive skin from Amazon - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is an Android based device with an extensive skin from Amazon - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is an Android based device with an extensive skin from Amazon


Yet another reason why the Google Nexus 7 is preferred over its rival, it’s because the Kindle Fire lacks most of the basic organizer apps we’d come to expect out of the box. As we all know, that’s not the case with the Nexus 7, as most of its core organizer apps are refined for tablet usage.

Even more, there’s no arguing that the email experience on the Google Nexus 7 is undeniably preferred, since Gmail presents us with a desktop-like experience. Oppositely, we can manage using the email app on the Kindle Fire, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary with its smartphone-like layout.

Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

Email on the Google Nexus 7


The native email client of the Amazon Kindle Fire has a smartphone-like layout - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The native email client of the Amazon Kindle Fire has a smartphone-like layout - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The native email client of the Amazon Kindle Fire has a smartphone-like layout


For the most part, there are no issues typing with either tablet thanks to their responsive keyboards. However, our fingers tend to like the more spacious layout of the Nexus 7’s keyboard, which is case for both portrait and landscape options.

The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7


On-screen keyboard of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
On-screen keyboard of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
On-screen keyboard of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

On-screen keyboard of the Amazon Kindle Fire



Processor and Memory:

Newer is better, correct? Well, that’s the case here as the Google Nexus 7 is packing along one snazzy and wickedly fast 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Obviously, it’s far more impressive than the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor with 512MB of RAM that’s stuffed inside of the Kindle Fire. On the surface, both appear to exhibit swift responses with various actions, however, the Kindle Fire’s performance can be choppy at times – with longer wait times when opening apps. Though, it’s never to the point unbearable, but nevertheless, it’s noticeable to the eye.

Unfortunately, neither tablet is blessed with a sufficient appetite to store content. Both are available in 8GB capacities, but there’s 16GB option for the Nexus 7.


Internet and Connectivity:


When it comes to loading complex web sites like ours, both actually manage to load everything in nearly the same amount of time, but upon navigating our page, it’s evident that the Nexus 7 is once again showing off its processing prowess. On one side, the Nexus 7 maintains a smooth responsive operation with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming, while the Kindle Fire stutters along with some choppy and jerky movements. Now, it doesn’t totally ruin the entire experience, but rather, it’s a noticeable thing that stands out.

The Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7


The browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire
The browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

The browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire


Interestingly, the only connectivity feature that these two tablets share is Wi-Fi connectivity. Meanwhile, the Google Nexus 7 is outfitted with a slew of arsenal that includes Bluetooth, aGPS, and NFC.


Camera:

Call it a slight win for the Nexus 7, though it’s not by much, it’s outfitted with a front-facing camera that provides for the modern convenience of video chatting. Oppositely, the Kindle Fire is shut out from anything like that, since it doesn’t pack along any sort of camera – so yes, it’s another function that the Nexus 7 can call its own.


Multimedia:

Overall, there isn’t much of a difference between the two tablet’s music players – as we’re greeted with the usual set of items. However, we do like the cool 3D carousel that the Nexus 7 has to offer when browsing through its catalog. Paying attention to the output of their speakers, they’re nearly identical to one another, as they pump out similar tones that don’t crackle at the loudest setting. However, the Nexus 7 has access to various equalizer settings to enhance its quality.

In order to play any sort of commonly coded videos on the Kindle Fire, we needed to download a third party app – in our case, it’s the Meridan Video Player. From the looks of it all, both tablets are able to smoothly play our test video that’s encoded in MPEG4 1920 x 1080 resolution. Nevertheless, our eyes are particularly glued to the Nexus 7 display thanks mostly to its higher contrast.


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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:13 2

1. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I understand the reason for the comparison, and yes the fire is good in its own right. But talk about a landslide victory.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:56

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


They're Both Amazing Devices

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:07 9

3. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Nexus 7 is far beyond man...
Is not even a comparison, it's a slaughter !

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 23:13

24. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


i totally agree! but we all must bear in mind that kindle is built for E BOOK reading purposes. Games and browsing are just plus points but clearly NEXUS 7 can do all that with the help of GOOGLE PLAY STORE. still Kudos to both of them!

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 17:47

28. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


Nexus 7 Vs Kindle Fire... Round 1... FIGHT! 5468213584861384518 Combo attack! Fatality!!!!! Nexus 7 Wins... Flawless Victory!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:07

4. VJo003 (Posts: 335; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Total annihilation !!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:14 2

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


It will be fair to compare N7 with next gen KF, but it will still be a blowout by N7 anyway.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 23:15

25. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


correct... unless new kindle device will have an access to google store then add a front and back camera

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:25

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


sadly the nexus 7 hadware wise KILLS the fire but the comparission had to be made due to the price nature of the 2.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:35 1

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


Why sad? That's great for customers. Well done Google.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:58 1

10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Sad? Sounds like you own a fire and your upset that the Nexus is the new 7 inch king. Be happy that we have another quality choice.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:53

12. Aeires (unregistered)


Much credit needs to be given to Amazon for finally adjusting the pricing for mobile equipment. They opened a very important door and hopefully that standard sticks for a long time.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:41

8. pistolashtc (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


Of course the Nexus is better, its obvious...

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:50

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This comparison makes more sense than comparing it to the iPad or any other 10 inch Android tablet.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:11

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1660; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


many accepted N7 vs ipad comparison....bt not N7 vs fire..... wats power of N7.....

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:54

13. Aeires (unregistered)


It's basically hardware and OS vs. ecosystem. Amazon isn't dumb, their ecosystem is a draw for many customers. Google just overwhelmed them with everything else.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:34 2

14. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I think we all knew how this would end

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 19:19

15. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


You cant even compare these two tablets capared to the Nexus 7 $199 price and its greater specs the Kindle Fire should fall under 100 bucks.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 22:53

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Amazon should drop the Kindle down to 50 bucks because this was a freaking slaughter. Nexus 7 wins in every department without any effort.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 04:32

18. MoonlitTear (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Jun 2008)


This comparison is meaningless. At 8 months on the market the Fire is just about EOL. I am not even gonna read this article. Just throw this comment in. And no I am not a Fire fan or a Nexus Fan. Just wondering why this article is relevant. Like comparing the Nexus One to the galaxy II. Moving on.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 06:59

19. Veigald (Posts: 240; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


I haven't tried the Nexus 7, but have the Kindle Fire myself. The original firmware was just horribly slow after a while, so I put CM9 on it, which is a massive improvement. CM9-running Fires versus the Nexus 7 is probably a closer race, although I'm very convinced the Nexus 7 is a far better device.

That said, I'll never again get an Android tablet, I'm holding out for a Win8 slate next. Surface Pro, anyone? :)

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 11:53

20. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i own the KF, and its totally waste of money!
seriosuly. Even with flashing Jelly bean rom. it still sucks!
the display is just a mirror :(

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 17:10

22. yooyoojohn (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


God, I hated the Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7 is a definite winner over the Kindle.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 22:59

23. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


wow, i heart this line - 'it’s going to try to extinguish the Amazon Kindle Fire’s luminous flame.' but wait amazon is cooking up 'the new kindle fire' soon....who knows what kind of specs it will posses to stop google nexus 7 from 'extinguishing its fire.. lets all wait and see.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 23:31

27. dman72 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


it all depends on what you do with the fire. i have it rooted and have 4.0.4 running on it well. i had 4.1.1 but wasnt up to par yet

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 13:27

32. ahmedalkzaz (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


the future will bring more amazing tablets to the market so its a mater
of time only

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