Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire

We’ve been waiting for a tablet that has bridges the gap between the lower-specced, lower-priced tat and the high-end iPads and now we’ve been given two, the Kindle Fire and the newly announced Nexus 7. Which one’s best? There’s only one way to find out.

Screen:

Both these tablets come sporting the same size screen at 7-inches. The Kindle has the lower resolution at 1024 x 600 and 169ppi with the Nexus winning this one at 1280 x 800 and 216 ppi, it also has scratch-resistant Corning Glass.

Processor:

An easy win for the Nexus 7 with a Tegra 3 chipset with quadcore CPU and 12 core GPU while the Kindle Fire is reportedly running a Texas Instruments ARM-based dual-core OMAP CPU.

Weight:

Neither of these tablets are heavy and both are lighter than the iPad but the Nexus 7 again pips it weighing 340 grams compared to the Fire’s 413 grams.

Connectivity and Extras:

It’s a draw on connectivity as neither tablet offer 3G yet. But when it comes to extras it’s another win for the Nexus 7. The Kindle may be running Android but it’s heavily skinned with no access to Google Play. On the Nexus, you’re free to download any of the 600k apps and of course it’s running Jellybean.

Price:

It’s a close-call with this one. Both are the same price for the 8GB models at $199 but the Nexus wins this one because we can actually get our hands on one in the UK and it’ll cost us £159 for the 8GB model and £249 for the 16GB.

For all the latest Kindle Fire and Nexus news, reviews and features, keep it locked to T3.com.

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