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Review: Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7
In this video I review the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" vs Google Nexus 7 to see which is the best tablet for $200.
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Hey guys, this is Austin and today I'm here with a review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. As a major update to the original Fire it looks good on paper but how is it compared to the Google Nexus 7?
Taking a look at the hardware of the Fire HD you'll see it's quite nicely designed. Up front you'll find a 7" display with a resolution of 1280x800. This is among the best 7" screens I've ever used with great viewing angles and solid clarity and brightness. You'll also see a 1.3 megapixel camera up front which is just fine for video calling. One thing a lot of people pointed out in my unboxing is the larger bezel on the Kindle compared to the Nexus even though they have identical sized screens. In real use I actually appreciated this as it gives you a comfortable grip no matter how you hold the tablet.
Flip the Fire HD around back and you'll see it's coated in a soft touch rubber with a pair of stereo speakers. For a tablet there's plenty of volume and when holding in landscape it's actually enough to give you a bit of a surround sound feel. It's head and shoulders above the Nexus 7 where the audio is definitely one of the weaker points.
Media is where the Fire shines. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, and really if you own the Kindle you're going to want one, the sheer amount of stuff to watch, listen and read is incredible. For video you have almost Netflix levels of shows and movies available for free with Prime and there's even more available to buy and rent.
Same goes for books. The Kindle ecosystem is excellent with a huge selection of books available and if you have Prime many are free to borrow such as Harry Potter. Something new is Immersion Reading which for around $4 will allow you to buy the audiobook version of a Kindle book and let you read it along with the narration. It's not available for all books but is actually a really cool feature.
Getting away from media let's talk a bit about the software. The Kindle Fire HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but with such an in-depth skin I don't think it's a stretch to call it a new OS. It's a big step up from the last Kindle Fire as the carousel is much smoother and there's less lag to be found. That said it still strikes me as poorly designed. There are no physical home or back buttons, instead they pop up on the side of the screen. The apps themselves are also oddly laid out most of the time and the entire experience just feels unnatural and complicated.
There are also the ads. It's clear why Amazon sells the Kindle for so cheap, it's nothing short of a giant advertisement to get you to buy more stuff. Lockscreen? Ads. Homescreen? Related content...aka ads. All the main apps? Ways to buy stuff. There's even an Offers app which just houses ads. To be fair some of these can be helpful to find new content but taken as a whole it's almost too much. You can pay $15 to remove the ads but the design is baked deep into the core. Take one look at the Nexus 7 and you'll be greeted with stock Android 4.1 Jellybean which is leaps and bounds better and smoother with the promise of future updates.
As the Kindle Fire really isn't aimed at the geek crowd like me I won't go too in-depth on the specs but inside you'll find a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM which is just fine for even more demanding games. Where you will find a big difference between the Kindle and Nexus is storage space as the Kindle comes with 16GB for the same price as the Nexus with 8GB.
The comparison here, complicated though it might seem is actually fairly straightforward. If you're not particularly tech inclined and want a tablet that's laser focused on delivering media the Kindle Fire HD just does it better. On the other hand, the Nexus gives you much more freedom and a vastly better experience in using it if you can get around the slightly weaker screen and much worse speaker. For me the Nexus 7 is flirting with excellence while the Kindle Fire HD is solid but flawed. I feel it's best for a lot of people but definitely not for me.
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