Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire: Which Is The Best $200 Spent?

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Now that Google I/O 2012 has drawn to a close, we can report one of the main announcements which was the next update for Android – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and alongside it, a new Android tablet called the Nexus 7 by Asus and branded by Google, which is to rival the Amazon Kindle Fire, with its 7 inch screen and $199 price tag too.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

If you do want to compare the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7, you should know that as far as specs go, the Nexus 7 is far above the Kindle Fire. It has a crisper display, with 216p per inch as opposed to 169 on the Kindle Fire. It also has a 1.2GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor, to the Kindle Fire’s 1GHz dual-core T1 OMAP4 processor – which is acceptable for what you’ll be using the device for, but the slightly out of date chipset could not work especially well with all the newer apps.

The Nexus 7 also has Bluetooth built in, and NFC, for ease of information sharing, whilst they both have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi capability. With memory, the Nexus 7 is relatively good with 2 options, 8GB ($199) and 16GB ($249) but this isn’t a match for the unlimited storage you can use on Amazon Cloud (for Amazon content – 5GB for non). Nevertheless keep in mind Google’s own Cloud Storage is getting better as well.

The Kindle Fire does not have a camera, whilst the Nexus 7 will have 1.2MP front-facing camera for video calling, and “compass mode” that can take 360 degree photos with the gyroscope and camera. Software on the Nexus 7 is also impressive with the aforementioned release of Jelly Bean which is bringing a whole new world of apps to the Nexus 7, and a stock build – though the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread features on the Kindle Fire is a nice easy and simple OS which many consumers appreciate. Then again the Kindle Fire is unlikely to see many updates, if any, whereas the Nexus 7 should see regular updates as it is a flagship Nexus device.

Do bear in mind the rumors flying around of late that a Kindle Fire 2 is in the near future – potentially launching at the same time as the Nexus 7 gets shipped to stores in the middle of next month, and this device is said to be far closer to the Nexus 7 in terms of specs whilst being a cheaper $149.

Until then, the Nexus 7 is the clear front-runner of the two, whilst being a lot more budget friendly than other Android tablets on the market.

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