Asus Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire

Asus Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle FireWe do like a good versus battle here at Mobot, and not just in Street Fighter II on the SNES. See, we like to watch smartphones and tablets go at it in bloody combat too. Fight! Fight! Fight!

Today I’m throwing the Asus Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire in a small enclosure with an array of rusty blades. I think we all know who’s gonna win; it’s more a case of seeing how bad the other guy looks after the final bell.

First, some history. The Amazon Kindle Fire was the first budget tablet to really raise eyebrows, launching in September 2011 and reportedly shifting a million units per week over Christmas last year, thanks in no small part to its $199 price tag.

Around the same time, Google started jawing about a Nexus tablet, and it wasn’t long before the budget rumours started. Well, the Asus-built Nexus 7 is finally here, and it’s going down a storm. Er, presumably.

How do they compare? Check it:

Display

Amazon Kindle Fire: 7in IPS TFT, 1024 x 600, 170 PPI

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

Yeah, let’s give this one to the Asus Nexus 7.

Camera

Amazon Kindle Fire: Nope

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

Ah well, I guess a 1.2MP camera on the front is better than nothing. Amusingly, Asus suggested it would’ve been a waste of time including a rear camera on the Nexus 7.

Processor

Amazon Kindle Fire: dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4430

Asus Nexus 7: quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3

Another win for the Asus Nexus 7.

Memory

Amazon Kindle Fire: 8GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM, no microSD slot

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

Eek, this is a bit of a massacre. Another round to the Asus Nexus 7.

Apps

Amazon Kindle Fire: Amazon Appstore for Android

Asus Nexus 7: Google Play

With the Amazon Appstore for Android, the Amazon Kindle Fire has access to a limited number of all Google Play apps. It does boast a daily free app, but we reckon most people would rather have full access to Google Play.

Availability

Amazon Kindle Fire: US only

Asus Nexus 7: various markets

No contest here. The Amazon Kindle fire, almost one year after launch, remains exclusive to the US. That’ll inevitably change, but Amazon is sure taking its sweet time.

Other stuff

The Amazon Kindle Fire was largely panned by critics, and one of the things that really makes me laugh is the lack of an external volume control. Great stuff.

Another plus for the Asus Nexus 7 is software support. As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

Conclusion

So there you have it; the Asus Nexus 7 pips the Amazon Kindle Fire in just about every way possible. Oh, except for price! The Amazon Kindle Fire is still $199 (somewhat surprisingly), while the Asus Nexus 7 is - over on Amazon - $258/$296 (8GB/16GB).

Have I missed anything? Have I been unfairly cruel to the Amazon Kindle Fire? Destroy me in the comments section, buddy.

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12 comments

Treab  Aug. 10, 2012 at 13:11

well another lewis fail...

As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

when we both know it would be the next nexus device ;)

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 13:42

Kindle Fire has definitely been reduced in price at times since nexus 7 launched.
In the Apps section worth noting that the Nexus 7 can use the Amazon app store too.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 14:52

well another lewis fail...

As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

when we both know it would be the next nexus device ;)

Officially, yeah, but I bet you could get 4.2/5.0 onto your N7 before the next Nexus phone is released (presumably in December, when Nexus phones always come out).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 14:53

A summary of this article:

N7 is better at everything. End of.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 15:22

well another lewis fail...

As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

when we both know it would be the next nexus device ;)


Very good, Treabor :p The implication was that the Nexus 7 will top the chronological list of devices receiving the update OTA; it goes without saying that Key Lime Pie will debut on a new Nexus device. I'll be sure to spoon-feed you next time ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 15:33

well another lewis fail...

As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

when we both know it would be the next nexus device ;)


Very good, Treabor :p The implication was that the Nexus 7 will top the chronological list of devices receiving the update OTA; it goes without saying that Key Lime Pie will debut on a new Nexus device. I'll be sure to spoon-feed you next time ;)

Lewis 1 - 1 Treab

Next point wins...

Treab  Aug. 10, 2012 at 22:20

well another lewis fail...

As soon as Android 4.2/5.0 (Key Lime Pie) rolls around, the Asus Nexus 7 will be right at the top of the list.

when we both know it would be the next nexus device ;)


Very good, Treabor :p The implication was that the Nexus 7 will top the chronological list of devices receiving the update OTA; it goes without saying that Key Lime Pie will debut on a new Nexus device. I'll be sure to spoon-feed you next time ;)

Lewis 1 - 1 Treab

Next point wins...


now now lewis now now... you never said it was top of the list of devices receiving... and isn't OTA a term reserved for 3g enabled devices not one which needs to be connected to wifi? so it cant be on the list for receiving the update OTA ;)

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 22:40

Don't know I thought ota was mainly about not needing to plug it into pc to install the update.
Did think of the update to the nexus 7 as ota

Treab  Aug. 10, 2012 at 22:44

Don't know I thought ota was mainly about not needing to plug it into pc to install the update.
Did think of the update to the nexus 7 as ota


The OTA mechanism requires the existing software and hardware of the target device to support the feature, namely the receipt and installation of new software received via the wireless network from the provider

Wireless network from the provider... so i would say wifi wouldn't count?

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 22:56

Read the last paragraph of the methods section on the wiki you got that from ;)

Treab  Aug. 10, 2012 at 23:11

Read the last paragraph of the methods section on the wiki you got that from ;)

NO :p

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 23:24

Pity as we could edit the last few posts if you'd concede on that ;)

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