Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7 Comparison

Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7 Comparison – Both small screen tablets offer exceptional value for money. But, which of these tablets is the best and which one to go for ?

Let us find out in this Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7 comparison.

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Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7 Comparison Table

FeaturesKindle Fire HDNexus 7
Size (L x W)7.6 x 5.4 inches7.82 x 4.72 inches
Thickness0.40 inches0.41 inches
Weight395 grams340 grams
Screen size7 inches7 inches
Resolution1280 x 800, 216 PPI1280 x 800, 216 PPI
Processor1.2 GHZ, Dual Core1.3 GHZ, Quad Core
RAM1 GB1 GB
Storage16, 32 GB8, 16 GB
OSCustomized AndroidAndroid 4.1
Claimed Battery Life9~11 hours8~10 hours
Expandable MemoryNoNo
Cloud StorageYesYes
Front CameraUnspecified1.2 MP for video chat
Rear CameraNoNo
SpeakersDolby DigitalMono
HDMI Out PortYesNo
NetworkDual band WiFiWiFi
GPSNoYes
Blue ToothYesYes
NFCNoYes
Price$139$199

 

Form Factor

  • Kindle Fire HD – 7.5″ x 5.4″ x 0.40″ thick, 395 grams weight
  • Nexus 7 – 7.82″ x 4.72″ x 0.41″ thick, 340 grams weight

Kindle Fire HD is almost unrecognizable from the first generation Kindle Fire, the original box like design has been replaced by rounded edges and the backside is curvy with a rubberized finish.

In terms of size, Kindle Fire HD is wider than Nexus 7 mostly due to placement of camera on its landscape side. Nexus 7 has its camera on the portrait side and is hence longer than Kindle Fire HD.

Coming to weight, Nexus 7 is 55 grams lighter than Kindle Fire HD and is still the lightest tablet in the market.

Overall Kindle Fire HD is a good looking tablet sporting a soft touch metallic paint finish that looks good, feels expensive and certainly beats Nexus 7.

Display

  • Kindle Fire HD – 1280 by 800 display @ 216ppi
  • Nexus 7  – 1280 by 800 display @ 216ppi

Both Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 pack the same number of pixels and exceed the requirements of HD display (1024 x 768).

However, Kindle Fire HD claims superiority in this area due to use of an advanced polarizing filter and no-gap lamination technology that has improved readability, reduced glare by 25% and improved color consistency and contrast when the screen is viewed from extremely wide angles.

Processor & RAM

  • Kindle Fire HD – 1.2 GHZ dual core OMAP 4460, 1 GB RAM
  • Nexus 7 – 1.3 GHZ quad-core Tegra 3, 1 GB RAM

Kindle Fire HD is powered by Dual-core, 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 processor which is an improvement over the original Kindle Fire’s 1 GHZ processor.

Nexus 7 in comparison runs on a 1.3 GHZ Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor which has been rated better for games.

Storage

  • Kindle Fire HD – 16 and 32 GB
  • Nexus 7 – 8 and 16 GB

Kindle Fire HD has an advantage in this area, offering the optimum required 16 GB storage in its entry level $199 tablet.

A storage of 8 GB gives that ‘might be too less’ feeling, and you might actually end up spending another $50 to buy the 16 GB version of Nexus 7.

Both devices offer cloud storage, with Kindle Fire HD providing a better deal due to its offer of unlimited cloud storage for anything that is purchased from Amazon.

Battery

  • Kindle Fire HD – 4,400 mAh
  • Nexus 7 – 4326 mAh

Both Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 are equipped with similar 4,400 mAh and 4,326 mAh batteries

Amazon claims a battery life of 11 hours for Kindle Fire HD, assuming regular web browsing, reading books and watching videos. Nexus 7 in comparison claims a battery life of around 9 to 10 hours.

Operating System

  • Kindle Fire HD – Customized Android 4.0 OS
  • Nexus 7 – Android 4.1

Nexus 7 is powered by the latest version of Google’s Android OS4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is guaranteed to be the first Android tablet to get the latest OS updates.

In comparison, Kindle Fire HD runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which has been heavily customized by Amazon to suit its primary objective of providing seamless connectivity to Amazon’s rich digital content.

Camera

  • Kindle Fire HD – Front Facing Camera
  • Nexus 7  – 1.3 MP front facing camera’s

Nexus 7 has a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chat, Amazon has matched this feature in Kindle Fire HD by offering a front facing camera of undisclosed specifications.

Going by tear-down tests at our much recommended (iFixit.com), the camera on Kindle Fire HD is said to be about 1 MP resolution.

Speakers

  • Kindle Fire HD - Dual Dolby Digital Speakers
  • Nexus 7 - Single Mono Speaker

Nexus 7 has a single Mono speaker which so far seems adequate for a tablet. However, Amazon is claiming to be a game changer in this area by being the first tablet to be equipped with Dolby’s next generation Dolby Digital plus speakers.

These speakers claim to deliver superior and balanced sound quality, with crystal clear dialogue and volume consistency while switching through different programs.

TV Connectivity with HDMI Port

Kindle Fire HD offers a HDMI out port that makes it possible to watch movies on your televisions big screen.

Lack of HDMI-out port in Nexus 7 is a definite drawback that Google needs to address in its next release.

Faster Wi-Fi Connectivity

Another feature that Amazon has introduced in Kindle Fire HD is dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO technology that claims to offer up to 40% faster Internet connectivity compared to its competitors.

In case you are wondering, MIMO stands for Multiple-In/Multiple-Out technology that allows simultaneous reception over both antennas of Kindle Fire HD to increase reception capacity and reliability.

The Wi-FI reception gets a further boost because Kindle Fire HD is capable of operating at dual frequencies, the regular 2.4 GHZ frequency that most tablets operate at and also the higher and less congested 5 GHZ frequency.

GPS, & NFC

A great feature of Nexus 7 is that you can download a Google Map for your city or area and use your Nexus 7 as a GPS. There is no need to worry about connectivity, this feature works without network connectivity.

Kindle Fire HD is missing GPS and it is also missing NFC, Nexus 7 supports NFC technology that makes it possible to pay for your purchases by using Nexus 7.

Google Now

This is another cool feature in the Geeky Nexus 7 tablet. Google Now has the ability to provide you with the right kind of information just at the right time.

It provides weather information just when you are getting ready to start your day and pops up Google Now traffic information card just when you are about to start your car.

Not driving to work? No problem, Google Now provides train timings, it even tells you the exact time the train will be arriving at the platform just when you have arrived at the station and wondering when the train will be arriving to the platform.

Specs Are Not Everything

As proved by the huge success of Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle devices, specs do not really matter after a certain point. It is mostly the services or the key selling points that customers are attracted to.

Google Nexus 7 | Selling Points

  • Worlds largest collection of books offers over 4 million choices in books
  • Full HD Movies and TV shows right from Google servers.
  • 600,000 plus Apps
  • Unrestricted Android experience
  • Built in GPS & NFC – Kindle Fire HD lacks this
  • Google Now – Cool and Geeky feature that Kindle Fire HD lacks
  • Better tablet for gaming

Kindle Fire HD | Selling Points

  • Unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content
  • Millions of books, magazines, songs, videos, movies and TV programs to choose from
  • Free movies, videos, books and Free shipping with Amazon prime membership
  • Whispersync technology – Allows gamers to save progress and start back from the same point later. Lets you watch movies across multiple devices (TV, phone).
  • X-Ray for movies – Provides behind-the-scenes information
  • Parental control feature – allows parents to place caps on how much time their children spend on the table
  • HDMI out port - Watch movies on big screen

Conclusion

At its core Kindle Fire Hd vs Nexus 7 comparison comes down to ‘Retailer vs the Geek’.

For a Amazon, Kindle Fire HD is essentially a shopping cart that it wants all its customers to have so they can fill it with whatever they wish to from Amazon’s online store.

“We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices” – Bezos

What is really great about Amazon is that it constantly strives to better its services and devices, benifiting both its customers and its own bottom line.

Like Amazon, Google too has its online store in the form of Google Play. However, being a retailer does not naturally come to Google, it is essentially a Geek company at its core and this shows in its products.

Nexus 7 is a Geeks delight, a tablet offering unrestricted and pure Android experience, features like NFC and Google Now. It even allows users to legitimately root the device and modify the OS to suit their special requirements.

So Which one really to go for ?

  • Geek Features, unrestricted access to Apps & games – Nexus 7 Tablet
  • Entertainment & Popular Ecosystem - Kindle Fire HD