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.



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.



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.




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.



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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