Amazon’s Kindle Fire became a powerhouse of media content consumption when it was introduced in 2011, and Amazon’s looking to maintain that momentum with the just-announced Kindle Fire HD. So, here is a comparison between the new Kindle Fire HD and one of the tablets that it will compete with, the Asus Google Nexus 7.
Ergonomics & Design:
The Kindle Fire HD measures 193 mm lengthwise, 137 mm breadthwise and 10.3 mm in thickness. The tablet weighs 395 g. The tablet weighs 662 g. The Nexus 7 measures 198.5 mm in length, 120 mm in breadth and 10.5 mm in thickness. The Kindle Fire HD has an IPS TFT touchscreen of 7 inches with a resolution of 800 * 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 216 ppi. The Nexus 7 sports a LED backlit TFT display of 7 inches with a resolution of 800 * 1280 pixels and a sharpness of 216ppi (similar to the Kindle Fire). The Nexus 7 screen is made of protective Corning Glass.
The Kindle Fire HD has an Android platform the version being v4.0 (customized). The Nexus 7 works on Android platform as well except that the version is v4.1 (Jellybean). The Kindle Fire HD is powered by a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 chipset processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Nexus 7 is driven by a quad core processor with anNvidiaTegra 3 chipset and 1.3 GHz clock speed.
The Kindle Fire HD has two models based on internal storage – 16 GB and 32 GB each available with 1 GB RAM. Similarly the Nexus 7 has 8 GB and 16 GB models each with 1 GB RAM. Neither of the tablets have a card slot.
The Kindle Fire HD has a 1.3 MP primary camera with a low resolution of 1280 * 1024 pixels. The Nexus 7 is equipped with a 1.2 MP unit in the rear with video calling feature. The Kindle Fire HD doesn’t have video features or a secondary camera. The Nexus 7 records video with a quality of 720p. The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a front camera either.
The Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 don’t have 2G, 3G or 4G networks. GPRS and EDGE features aren’t available either. However, the tablets are Wi-Fi enabled and also have Bluetooth feature. The Nexus 7 additionally has a NFC chip.
The Kindle Fire HD is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery offering 11 hours of talk time. The Nexus 7 is driven by a Li-Ion battery rated at 4325 mAh offering 10 hours of talk time.
The Kindle Fire HD costs around $199. The 8 GB Nexus 7 version is priced at $235 while the 16 GB version is available at $275.
The Kindle Fire HD is an amazing upgrade to the original Kindle Fire in every way. It continues to provide an easy-to-navigate gateway to Amazon’s massive content library, and now more than ever before, everything is in the cloud. It certainly looks like the Kindle Fire HD has beaten the Nexus 7 in some key aspects. However, the processor in the Kindle Fire needs some amendments before we jump to the conclusion. So, if Amazon improves the processor efficiency before shipping it, then the tablet is definitely the better choice.