Kindle Fire HD from Amazon Receives Positive Reviews in 7-inch Tablet Price Competition, Offering Decent Specs
Sep 29, 2012 11:58 PM EDT | By Tom Johnson
Amazon has recently released the Kindle Fire HD to the market, branding it as the answer to Google's Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble's Nook HD among others. If rumors are true, it will also find itself facing the new iPad Mini if Apple in fact releases a 7-inch version.
The 7-inch devices from all makers have been launched at the starting price of $199.
All the devices use operating systems based on the popular Android 4.0 OS, with the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD using their own custom versions, Barnes & Noble's OS and Amazon OS respectively, while the Nexus 7 uses a vanilla - or unmodified - version.
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When it comes to storage the Nook HD and Nexus 7 only comes with 8 GB storage, which is fairly small by today's standards. The Kindle Fire HD on the other hand has double storage at 16 GB, which you have to pay extra for in the case of the Nook and the Nexus.
The Kindle Fire HD also tops out on the competition when it comes to battery life, advertising 11 hours of continuous use, with the Nook HD giving 10.5 hours of reading or 9 hours video, and the Nexus 10 hours of reading and 9 hours of video.
In other areas, the Kindle Fire HD loses out on processor power, with its 1.2 GHz dual-core processor by Taiwanese company Quanta facing defeat by the Nexus 7's quad-core 1.2 GHz created by another Taiwanese company, ASUS. The Nook HD advertises a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor which should reasonably give slight edge over the Kindle processor.
When it comes to apps both the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD has curated its selection to just about 50,000, and 10,000 apps respecitvely, while the Nexus 7 can enjoy the mind-boggling possibilities of over 600,000 apps.
Lastly, the Kindle Fire HD comes with a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and double the RAM of the Nook HD (unless you pay the extra fee), and which additionally lacks any kind of camera, putting the Kindle on about the same level as the Nexus 7, which has a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and 1 GB of RAM.
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