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Interface and Functionality:

Let’s get one thing straight before we go into detail: these are Android-based tablets we’re dealing with. However, this is not the whole story. The Nexus 7 has the vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience and features the core Google apps like the Play Store, Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, etc. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HD is based on Android 4.0, but lacks the Google apps, so no Google navigation and no access to the official Android app store – you have to rely on the Amazon App Store.

The Amazon tablet presents us with a heavily skinned UI of the Kindle Fire HD, which ties in deeply with many of Amazon’s services, but lacks the intense personalization aspects and comprehensive tertiary features of its rival. Additionally, the multi-tasking implementation, notifications system, and Google Now feature with the Nexus 7 cements our reason as to why it’s the preferred choice. And hey, it’s guaranteed to see the next version of Android.

Continuing to show why it’s the preferred tablet for productivity users, the Nexus 7 has a full arsenal of core organizer apps to help you keep on schedule – whereas with the Kindle Fire HD, we’re only given a small handful of basic apps. Looking further down the hole, there’s a huge disparity between the two experiences with their respective emailing apps, which goes to the Nexus 7 because of the refinements found with its Gmail app.

Since they’re both sporting 7-inch displays, we have little problems trying to write up a passage of text with their respective keyboards in portrait. And of course, it eases the burden since they boast spacious layouts and responsive actions.

Processor and Memory:

It’s a quad-core versus a dual-core with this processor faceoff, which some would suspect the former to be superior. Indeed it is on paper, but when it comes to the real world performance, both the 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor of the Nexus 7 and 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 CPU in the Kindle Fire, perform similarly to one another with all the same tasks. Yet, there are still some instances when we notice a few stutters with their performances, but for the most part, they exude peppy responses to satisfy our expectations.

Certainly there’s a lot of focus on cloud storage, however, there are still people who prefer the old fashion way of storing things locally. And with that, the Kindle Fire HD rises higher in stature over its competitor since it packs 16GB of memory – with the Nexus 7 sticking to a paltry 8GB of storage (the 16GB costs $250).

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