Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD- The 7 Inch War [Detailed Comparison]

by admin on September 8, 2012

in Android, Comparisons, Gadgets

What an year 2012 has been, with technology being brought to a whole new level, with a plethora of devices, computers and of course, tablets. It’s an era of tablets computers which are easy to carry, fun to use and meet almost all specifications of your laptops or daily computers. We have been comparing the best of smartphones here on Gadgec in the past, and recently requests have been flowing in to compare the best of tablets around. With Google Nexus 7 already winning the 7-inch tablet war, we finally have with us a super-powerful Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet, which also happens to sport a 7-inch display as well, and hence the war shall commence. In one hand we have the much loved, and improved Google Nexus 7 tablet, and  Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet in the other. Here’s a detailed comparison between two best tablets around in the market, and we love to call it the 7-inch war! Here’s all, right after the jump!


google nexus 7 vs kindle fire hd

Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD – Detailed Comparison

Both the tablets are present day tablet leaders. One coming from the search engine giant, Google and other from Amazon. Here’s a head-on comparison between Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.


kindle fire hd vs nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 tablet, just like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD was designed keeping in mind the budget. However, Google clearly seems to have done a better job than Amazon, in keeping the budget minimum, and product design being sparkling to the eyes! Sporting dimensions of mere 198.5 x 120 x 10.55mm, the Nexus 7 tablet weighs around 340 grams which is fairly good when talking about a 7-inch tablet. The rubberized back on Nexus 7 tablet makes it an easy to hold device, which is one major reason why we particularly liked the tablet. Height wise, Nexus 7 is slightly taller than the Kindle Fire HD, but for sure it is thinner and lighter than its competitor.

Coming to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet, there’s nothing fancy, no crappy build material attached, and a fairly simple and decent design. Kindle Fire HD sports dimensions of 198.5 x 120 x 10.55mm and weighs about 400 gram, which is 60 gram more than Google Nexus 7, though this is a negligible difference and we will not be considering it. Designed with the same intention of producing a budget tablet, Amazon failed to provide basic updates to its previous Kindle Fire tablet, and the Kindle Fire HD is not much comfortable in hands. The design does look good, simple and elegant, however the device tends to slip out of hand frequently!

Winner: Google Nexus 7, not for being 60 gram lighter than Kindle Fire HD, but for easy handling due to rubberized back.


Google’s Nexus 7 sporting a 7-inch display makes it perfect device for accessing multimedia, including videos, graphics or games. The IPS LCD display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel provides excellent color contrast and decent details. At an aspect ratio of 16:10, the device display is really good for a budget tablet.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD sports a similar 7-inch display, and a same resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel which is an improvement over its predecessor having a resolution of 1048 x 600 pixel. While the HD display in Kindle Fire HD brings it at par with the display of Nexus 7, Amazon seems to have reduced the glare of the screen in its recent tablet. This is due to the polarized filter Amazon has used in Kindle Fire HD. Just like Nexus 7, it has the same PPI density and aspect ratio of 16:10.

Winner: We call it a draw.


Under the outer body of Google Nexus 7, we have a Tegra 3 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz powerhouse processor which takes the tablet experience on Nexus 7 to a whole new level. Further, the device includes a 1 GB RAM, BlueTooth, WiFi, NFC Technology, GPS and a 1.2 MP front camera. However, there is no HDMI output on Nexus 7.  The difference between Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD is not in the hardware, but in their operating system which we will talk about soon.

Coming back to Amazon Kindle Fire HD, we have a TI OMAP 4460 chip. The OMAP 4460 includes a 1.2GHz dual-core A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU overclocked to 384 MHz. It comes with 1 GB RAM, BlueTooth, front-facing camera, dual-WiFi antennas, and MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi in 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands. Amazon has made sure to increase the battery backup of its Kindle Fire HD tablet which now runs upto 8.5 hours of continuous usage.

Winner: Google Nexus 7, for an efficient hardware even before Kindle Fire HD was announced.


android 4.1 jellybean

Google Nexus 7 has been designed keeping in mind pure Android experience. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there’s no additional modifications, control or branding beyond native 4.1 Android OS. The OS blends perfectly with the hardware, which gives it an extra edge over the competing tablets. Nexus 7 , using the vanilla flavored Android 4.1 OS would probably the first device to receive upgrades.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD on the other hand uses Amazon customized Android OS which has been redesigned to favor Amazon purchases on Amazon’s own Android Store. This factor surely comes into existence when you have to select the best one for you, with other features being common, its the personal taste which matters.


Winner: Google Nexus 7, for its pure Android OS experience.


Here’s a list of miscellaneous features hinting  comparison between Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

galaxy nexus 7 vs kindle fire hd


In one hand we have Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD which needs to be appreciated for the improvements Amazon has brought to it, over its predecessor, and in the other hand we have almost perfect Google Nexus 7 with impressive Android experience. Nexus 7’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes it perfect 7-inch tablet, and this is why it deserves extra credit.


So which tablet are you going to purchase? Let us know your views and experience via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed!


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