Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7I promised it just a couple of hours ago, and here it is: the spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire HD doing battle with the few-months-old Google Nexus 7. The latter built by Asus, of course. I always feel guilty for not mentioning them.

Around a month ago, I pitted the original year-old Amazon Kindle Fire against the Google Nexus 7, and the former took a bit of a beating. Ultimately I concluded that the Google Nexus 7 ‘won’ in every conceivable way, ‘cept for price. How does the shiny new Amazon Kindle Fire HD change things?

Interestingly, this is very much a fair fight. We’re talking about two relatively new devices, both 7in, and priced identically in the UK (£159 or £199 depending on storage).

In the interest of fairness, let’s go with the same categories as last time. Mostly. We’ll see. Let’s dance!

Display

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7in IPS LCD, 800 x 1280, 216 PPI, Corning Glass

Google Nexus 7: 7in IPS LCD, 800 x 1280, 216 PPI, Corning Glass

Very similar displays, however the Amazon Kindle Fire HD has laminated the touch sensor and LCD together to form a single layer of glass, which supposedly reduces glare. Interesting.

Camera

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 1.3MP front camera, no rear camera

Google Nexus 7: 1.2MP front camera, no rear camera

A whopping 0.1MP victory for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD! Of course, it’s not all about megapixels, so maybe we’ll call this one a draw for now.

Processor

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460

Google Nexus 7: quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3

It’s not the number of cores, it’s what you do with them that counts. Indeed, Jeff Bezos claims the Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor can perform 50% more floating point operations per second than a Tegra 3. Hey, show me a consumer who doesn’t want to know about floating point operations.

Memory

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 16 or 32GB internal storage, 1GB of RAM, no microSD slot

Google Nexus 7: 8 or 16GB internal storage, 1GB of RAM, no microSD slot

This is one area where the Amazon Kindle Fire HD wins, and wins emphatically. Consumers are faced with the choice of a 16GB Kindle Fire HD or 8GB Google Nexus 7 for £159, while £199 gets you a 32GB Kindle Fire HD or 16GB Google Nexus 7. No contest.

Apps

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Amazon Appstore for Android

Google Nexus 7: Google Play

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is of course “restricted” (if that’s the right word) to apps on the Amazon Appstore for Android. Yesterday it was revealed that the Amazon Appstore for Android has reached 50,000+ apps, with 30,000+ specifically listed as compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Of course, that’s just a fraction of the – what? – 600,000+ on Google Play.

Oddly, Amazon continually manages to make the Kindle Fire’s focus on Amazon-flavoured content sound like a good thing. Cheeky devils.

Availability

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: various markets

Google Nexus 7: various markets

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD marks the brand’s first foray outside the US. It’s only available in select markets, but – let’s face it – all we really care about is the fact that it’s coming to the UK.

Other stuff

The big thing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the advertising. Any time you wake your device, you’ll be greeted with some beautiful advert action. Bah. Is that really a big deal? You decide.

The Google Nexus 7 is still available with £15 of Google Play credit, and a handful of free digital content – including Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD, meanwhile, comes with a one-month free trial to LOVEFiLM.

Conclusion

If you’re not fussed about the advertising or the restricted Amazon Appstore for Android, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD looks like a pretty good bet.

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15 comments

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 13:11

And I thought the N7 had a lot of bezel...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 13:15

Lets be real: advertising is not just about putting some colourful pics on YOUR device!
It means also gathering YOUR info, using YOUR data....

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 13:17

Lets be real: advertising is not just about putting some colourful pics on YOUR device!
It means also gathering YOUR info, using YOUR data....

Couldn't agree more, it's a joke. Also, it's running ancient hardware on a crippled version of Android and has too much bezel.

My money is staying safely in my wallet, that's for sure.

rash  Sep. 7, 2012 at 15:24

Um no, it's the 4470 in the kindle fire HD 8.9" thats 50% faster at 1.5Ghz , not the 1.2Ghz in the 7".

And you call yourself a 'tech journalist'

lutin  Sep. 7, 2012 at 15:29

The bezel on the fire is kinda putting me off. Definitely doesn't look as slick as the nexus 7.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 16:11

The bezel on the fire is kinda putting me off. Definitely doesn't look as slick as the nexus 7.
+1, when the N7 came out I said that had a lot of bezel :p!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 16:18

When I first saw the Fire, I actually tried to adjust our screen :p I thought something was warping it...

blizzard7  Sep. 7, 2012 at 16:20

Stock Jelly Bean vs. uhh.. whatever the hell is on the Kindle Fire. I think I know which one to go for.

Pondlife  Sep. 7, 2012 at 20:41

Can't you get a months free trial of lovefilm just by asking for it?

In use the bezel on the nexus 7 is fine edging towards slightly too small than too large tbh.

One other area the Kindle wins is hdmi though

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 21:03

whatever the hell is on the Kindle Fire.
Crippled ICS...not sure if that's the official name :p.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 8, 2012 at 20:41

Here's a kicker: apparently the Kindle Fire HD ships....without a charger?!
No Charger and Amazon Overcharges Europeans 252% For It
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Kinde-Fire-HD-Ships-With-No-Charger-Amazon-Overcharges-Europeans-252-For-It-290861.shtml

Oh,... and it takes 14 hours for a full charge

Pondlife  Sep. 8, 2012 at 21:16

Oh,... and it takes 14 hours for a full charge

Odd the website says
"Fully charges in under 4 hours via the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Charges in approximately 10 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable"

I can't imagine any tablet is much faster on pc usb socket. The 8.9 could be longer I guess, hard to tell US site doesn't have that detail, in fact the 8.9 doesn't even have a running time on there unlike the 7. ipad3 is pretty much unchargeable on some pc usb sockets..

Is very crappy that they don't include charger, can imagine they'll get a few extra returned because of that, especially in the US. The Base price for the charger is $19.99 in the US, so slightly less of a rip off in that respect. Is on offer for orders with Kindle though for the $9.99 that could happen in europe near launch too I guess....
Anyway Booo Amazon hiss.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 8, 2012 at 21:24

I think the 14 hours refers to charging via USB/non-PowerFast charging...
I think it's not the end of the world, but a lot of buyers (potentially) come from a 'normal'
Kindle eReader. The massive DX can fully charge in 2 hours, using the Kindle USB cable, you can plug it into the iPad's/iPod's/HTC's...etc etc wallplug.

I think the Nook color that I had (very) shortly behaved similarily cheekily. What looked like a normal usb-cable was in fact far from normal, and using a non-Nook cable didn't work for charging, and behaved very weirdly for file transfer etc...

Pondlife  Sep. 9, 2012 at 00:10

Well it says 10hrs for that.
Very true expect many will, if so I hope they keep the normal kindle for reading. They might be shocked by how quick it needs recharging too coming from normal ones. Think this will plug into other chargers too, we'll find out when they get released in the states, not that anyone here seems interested really :)
Nook sounds peculiar and rather a pita

jdwer  Sep. 25, 2014 at 06:32

I wonder if the new Apple watch has an app for Kindle? Maybe a bit small for reading a book but maybe would be cool for snippets. Would also be cool if Clippings.io did an app.

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