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Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7

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Internet and Connectivity:

Even though Amazon touts that its server-side enhancements help to provide faster page loads with the Kindle Fire HD’s Webkit-based Silk browser, we actually don’t notice it to be a drastic improvement. Rather, the Nexus 7’s Chrome browser manages to pull off nearly the same speedy page loads with complex sites. Still, we appreciate the performance of the two, as they exhibit responsive pinch gestures and kinetic scrolling. Beyond that, we appreciate the swipe left/right gestures in use with Chrome to quickly switch between tabs.

Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD - Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7
Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD - Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7
Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD - Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7
Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD - Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7

Web surfing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD

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

Chrome browser of the Google Nexus 7

Hardly a shocker to us, they sport all the usual connectivity features we find common with our devices nowadays – these include aGPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Absolutely an added perk for the Nexus 7, its NFC feature gives it a leg up over its dashing rival.


Well, knowing that the Kindle Fire HD now packs along a front-facing camera, there isn’t much competition in this category for these two tablets – so yeah, it’s nice we’re still given the option of being able to video chat.


Presentation-wise, it’s no kidding that there’s more visual allure found with the Nexus 7’s music player – whereas, the Kindle Fire HD’s music player is rather generic. Still, they offer the same set of functionality. Not to be outdone, however, the Kindle Fire HD screams in the audio quality department thanks to the more powerful tones produced by its stereo speakers.

Loading the same MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution video on both tablets, they’re equipped in dishing up a pleasant video watching experience. Grabbing our attention as we watch the two simultaneously, the richer color vibrancy of the Kindle Fire HD’s display gives it a slight edge.

For the price and all, it’s sure nice of Amazon to throw in a microHDMI port on its Kindle Fire HD, which gives its some flexibility over its competition.

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posted on 18 Sep 2012, 06:50 6

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Nexus 7 over the Kindle: Pure and lastest Android version, quad-core future proof CPU and the support from XDA community ;-) (and CyanogenMod)

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 07:16 4

3. frustyak (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)

The problem I have with this article is that it really isn't an apples-to-apples comparison and isn't fair to either device. The Nexus 7 is a pure Android tablet, with everything that goes along with that - email, apps, etc. The Kindle Fire, although built with an Android base, for all intents and purposes is really an E-Reader, focused on delivering Amazon content. Their "raison d'etre" are completely different, despite superficially looking like similar devices.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:27 5

11. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Are you kidding me? What will a consumer see when he/she goes to the store? Two awesome hellafied seven inch tablets right? So can they, off the bat, tell the difference between the two? The simple answer is no! If the consumer comes online and reads this review they will undoubtedly have a better understanding of these two tablets and the niches they are for. The Nexus if for android purists and people who want the best specs for the price, while the amazon kindle fire HD is for people who want to jump right into a cradled ecosystem. This will ultimately give a consumer a choice. Do they want a tablet with subscription based services that is extremely easy to use, but with limited app support or do they want a tablet with access to 600,000+ apps but with a slightly stricter learning curve? It comes down to that and that is simple enough for most consumers to break down and digest.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:27

14. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

I believe this was more of a comparison of the tablets themselves, rather than the experience. And to me the tablets themselves match up pretty well. Might be even harder to tell in the future if modders can unlock the Fire.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 07:41 2

4. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Amazon should have reduced the size of the bezel.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:37

15. ConnieL429 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

Nah, as a former owner of the original Fire and current owner of the new one, i can definitely say I'm glad I have something to hold onto now. The new Fire is a vast improvement over the original and the original wasn't all that bad.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 19:08

17. gragonHDfones (unregistered)

Yea the first was okay.... but the new one anyways, is a much bigger improvement, the bezel is not all that a big deal... it looks annoying here but just by looking at it in person i was impressed, then i got used to the bezel. I understand why people want nexus over this because Android experience is better but people would not be disappointed with this kindle.... I too am collecting all of them.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 08:58 3

5. imkyle (Posts: 1085; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Amazon needs to add the Play Store in order to truly compete with the Nexus 7.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 11:21 3

6. ervman1 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

They would only be adding the play store to sell a few more kindles but then their content sales will drop like crazy. People will most likely use only 1 market, play store or amazons app store. Amazon is focused on content which is very smart.

Look at apple, the iphone remains relatively unchanged and is not necessarily the best hardware wise but the content they deliver makes for a solid experience. That said I still think Apple products are extremely overrated and will not be buying anything they produce.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:21

13. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Not really. Generally speaking the best of the apps in the playstore are all in amazon's app store anyway aside from apps like rootkeeper and others for more advanced users.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 13:17

9. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

Nexus 7 is the ultimate winner

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:15 1

10. Fallin (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

I bought a Nexus 7. Wife took it over. I bought another one. Wife took that one over. Nexus 7 is a great tablet. My wife loves it. I enjoy it as well, whenever I get a chance to use my tablet or hers.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:18 8

12. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

what the heck is your wife doing that requires two tablets?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:38

16. papss (unregistered)

I have a 1st gen iPad 32 gig data and wifi that I may sell for a nexus...hmm

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:23

18. NHMom01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

Help Please.. My son wants a tablet for Christmas. He is just 11 years old and I am really up in the air with the one I want to get him. I have a first version Kindle Fire, and although I had some issues with the port for charging Amazon was amazing in their support. I do not have prime but was thinking of getting it and he and I sharing the account. I have an Android phone and LOVE it and love the Google Play apps as well. I am at a loss for what would be best for him. He loves Youtube and, Mine Craft and both you can use on either the Kindle or the Nexus. So if someone can give me some honest answers that would be great. And no I will not pay the money for an iPad Mini, I don't think it is worth it..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:43

19. BetseyD (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

NHMom01, This is funny, as I am in almost exactly the same boat as you. I even live in NH.

My 16 Y.O. Son, who is also big-time into YouTube and MineCraft, wants a tablet for Christmas, and I was seriously considering the Kindle Fire HD - until I read this comparison review. Now, I am totally confused as to what to get him. I think that the biggest thing that has me leaning towards the Kindle is the fact that it has the e-reader function; he has recently been reading a lot more than before, and I want to do whatever I can do to encourage this. Besides having all of the Amazon content at his finger-tips, the Kindle seems to have a better screen-reading/video-viewing (as in color rendering) screen - and also seems to be a bit more intuitive to use, thus encouraging him to use it (hopefully for reading) more often. Also, I like the idea of the mini-HDMI port on the Kindle, as Amazon has a lot of video content, and it would be nice to be able to access, and share it, via our TV.

One other thing with my Son is that he already has a laptop (a cheapie special, which has proven to be nothing but problematic), so, if he were that enamored of Google content, he could always use that device to access it.

I feel as though whatever I choose, my Son will be looking at upgrading to another new device within the next couple of years. So, I guess what it boils down to, in choosing either tablet, is what you want for your Son to be able to easily access for content - and what kind of learning curve you want to throw at him. Generally, kids in that adolescent age range are not known for their patience; they just want a device to work, be intuitive to use, and not freeze-up/crash every five minutes. As long as whatever you choose accomplishes these goals, your Son should be happy with either tablet, at least until the next best thing comes along.

Good luck with your decision!

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 12:24

20. susanjohn (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

This Kindle Hearth HIGH DEFINITION today delivers coupled the front facing video camera, there isn’t considerably opposition in this class with regard to both of these drugs – consequently yes, it’s good we’re still given the alternative of to be able to video clip talk. hotappsntech.com

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