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Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD comparison review

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Manufacturer: Google

Amazon has announced its Kindle Fire HD, its own-brand Android tablet. Naturally, we put it up against the Google Nexus 7, looking at the differences.

Amazon is releasing its Kindle Fire HD tablet in the UK where it will take on its main rival, Google's own Nexus 7 by Asus. (See also: Kindle Fire HD vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review.) See also: new Nexus 7 (2013) review: the best Android tablet.

Although the Kindle Fire HD hasn't reached the UK, the tablets are very similar so we want to give you a heads up on the differences between the two. The Kindle Fire HD will compete with the Nexus 7 and other big players like Apple's iPad in an increasingly busy tablet market.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

See also: Google Nexus 7 review

See also: Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Amazon Kindle Fire comparison review

Amazon has just announced the Kindle Fire HD so this article will compare the specifications and comment on the differences. We won’t be heralding one of the tablets a winner.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Price

Amazon has decided to match Google's price points for the Kindle Fire HD. It will retail for £159 and £199 in the UK. These prices get you a difference specification to the Nexus 7 so read on to find out more.

Read: is the Nexus 7 a good deal?

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Dimensions

The two tablets are very similar in size and weight, both being 7in devices. The Kindle Fire HD is slightly larger at 137 x 193mm compared to 120 x 199mm; however it is marginally thinner at 10.3mm against 10.5mm.

The Nexus 7 is the lighter of the two at 340g compared to 395g of the Kindle Fire HD.

See also: Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Apple iPad comparison review.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Screen

Both tablets have a 7in display and the key specifications on offer are on a par. Both use an in-plane switching (IPS) panel with a resolution of 800 x 1280 and a pixel density of 216ppi.

The only difference we can see is that Google uses Corning scratch-resistant glass and Amazon uses Corning Gorilla Glass with an advanced polarising filter and anti-glare technology.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD:  Processor

On paper Google trumps when it comes to processing power since its Nexus 7 is powered by an nVidia Tegra 3, a quad-core chip along with a 12-core GPU. Amazon uses a less impressive 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 chip inside the Kindle Fire HD.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Storage

Storage is a key area in which these tablets differ. The £159 Google Nexus 7 gets you 8GB of storage and 16GB in the £199 model.

However, Amazon says that "8GB is not enough for an HD device" so offers twice as much than Google with 16GB and 32GB for the same price points.

Neither of these tablets has a microSD card slot for expansion but both firms have online cloud storage services.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Cameras

Neither the Nexus 7 nor Kindle Fire HD has a rear facing camera but both have a front facing camera for video calling. Google's Nexus 7 tablet has 1.2Mp while Amazon describes the Kindle Fire HD's camera as 'HD'.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Connectivity

Connectivity on the Nexus 7 consists of Wi-Fib/g/n, Bluetooth, microUSB, GPS, near-field communications (NFC) and a two-in-one 3.5mm audio jack.

Amazon is touting the Kindle Fire HD as the first tablet to feature a dual Wi-Fi antenna and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology for better Wi-Fi. The tablet has a 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port plus a Mini-HDMI port. However, it doesn’t feature GPS or NFC.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Software

Both tablets run Google's Android operating system but there is a big difference between them. Not only do they run slightly differnent versions, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has heavily modified the operating system.

The big difference here is the content available from each provider. Both Amazon and Google want you to buy apps and media content like films and books from them. The Kindle Fire HD has no acess to the Google Play Store but you can, for example, access Amazon's Appstore and download the Kindle app for eBooks on the Nexus 7.

Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Battery

Battery life is an important element for a mobile device like a tablet. Amazon claims its Kindle Fire HD can last for up to 11 hours on one charge while Google's touts a more modest eight hours of battery life.

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Google Nexus 7 Expert Verdict »
Asus Google Nexus 7 (1st Gen) - 32GB Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 2436 reviews
Screen resolution: 1280x800
Screen size: 7in
Display technology: IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Touch screen: Capacitive
Accelerometer: Yes
Messaging capabilities: E-mail
Microsoft Exchange support: Yes
Attachment editing: Yes
Attachment viewing: Yes
RAM: 1GB
Battery life (as tested): 9hours
Processor speed: 1.3GHz
Processor type: Quad core
Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Application store: Yes
Internal storage: 16GB
Wired Terminals / Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
A2DP Bluetooth: Yes
Wireless technology supported: Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11a, Wireless
2.11b, Wireless 802.11g

Google's Nexus 7 will be under threat from the Kindle Fire HD when it goes on sale, especially considering that Amazon offers twice the amount of storage for the same price. However, Android fans will have to decide whether to opt for the heavily modified opreating system and lack of Play Store access when choosing the Kindle Fire HD.

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