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Galaxy Note 2 vs Nexus 7 & Kindle Fire HD: Slaying Giants

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been the best-selling phablet to date and apart from the hefty price tag, people love it. So how does it compare against real tablets that have a much lower price, such as the Google Nexus 7 along with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD? Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Google Nexus 7 & Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has something which the other tablets cannot offer and that is it can make phone calls. This means that you could text or call people without the need to carry around another device. However the downside is that the screen is smaller. The Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD both come with a display of 7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a display of 5.5 inches. All devices have HD support, the Samsung Galaxy Note has 256ppi and the others have 216ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has the S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a quad core processor, along with 2GB of RAM. This means that apps tend to run very smoothly on the device. On the other hand if you do not have to have lots of processing power and you want something on which to just check emails, browse the internet and play some basic games then the Kindle Fire HD comes with a quad core processor and 1GB or RAM, or the Google Nexus 7 will suffice.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports SD card up to a maximum of 64GB. The Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 have both go to 32GB of internal storage.

If you want a device for the camera then it has to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as it has an 8 megapixel camera, along with a camera of 1.9MP on the back. If you already have a phone with a good camera then you could choose one of the tablets instead which boast lower megapixel shooters and are more awkward to hold when trying to snap a shot.

The Kindle Fire HD has Android 4.0, the Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1.2. You will pay around $199 to $299 for the tablets, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a price in the region of $650.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with more advantages than the others making it the overall winner. This includes better portability, ability to make calls and a better camera. However the phablet is let down by the huge price tag, which happens to be twice that of the tablets, and the fact that it actually doesn’t run tablet-optimized apps. So if the above 3 reasons don’t appeal to you, save yourself the extra dough and get a Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7 instead.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.