For anyone considering purchasing a tablet, other than the New iPad, there are two great contenders for much less. The Kindle Fire HD from Amazon and the Nexus 7 from Google, but which is the better buy? Let’s take a look at both devices to find out.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7
The first Kindle Fire came out in 2011 and it has been one of the best budget tablets on the market. However when Google introduced their Nexus 7 Android tablet the Kindle had some competition. Amazon then went ahead and launched the Kindle Fire HD and this offers an alternative to the Android experience, but both have their pros and cons.
If you want a tablet purely for entertainment then the Kindle Fire HD may be the one thanks to the numerous media stores it supports. It is also great for playing games thanks to a new Whispersync system which allows gamers to start up where they left off. the Kindle Fire HD does have one thing that makes it stand out above the Nexus 7, you can get the device in 32GB for $249. The display on the Fire HD is no-gap laminate with antiglare and there is a dual antenna Wi-Fi system which should enhance internet speeds. The tablet runs on the dual core 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 processor with 1GB of RAM.
The Nexus 7 on the other hand provides users with the full Android experience as it comes with Jelly Bean. This gives you voice commands, NFC and Google Now. The tablet also has Google Maps and a wide variety of apps and games. The tablet also had integration with all of the Google services including mail and calendar. On the downside you only get the 8 GB storage option for $199 and this is supposedly only around 5GB after factoring in system files and built-in apps. The Nexus 7 has the quad core Tegra 3 chip with 1GB of RAM.
Which of these two great budget tablets is the best for you is a matter of preference, but they are both great models and it’s a close call. The best for you might come down to the fact of whether Google Play offers apps that you cannot get with Amazon. And let’s not forget that HD display on the Kindle Fire HD which can even match the likes of the Retina iPad 3.