We 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.