Head-to-Head: Kindle Fire HDX Series vs. Google Nexus 7

The tablets surged into the market as we approach the end of 2013. As of the moment, Apple still leads the race since they released the original iPad in 2010. However, they shouldn’t be all too confident as new range of products are taking up speed in the tablet race with the release of smaller and cheaper choices. In the midst of Google’s Nexus and Apple’s iPad competition, Amazon made a brave move by releasing two new Kindle Fire HDX tablets that will fight for the consumers’ attention, especially this coming Holiday season. The Kindle Fire HDX, built with upgraded specs, higher resolution displays, slimmer look, and a “Mayday” app to give you free 24×7 online tech support, is considered as an upgrade of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet lineup. On the other side, the low-cost 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet released by Google last year, sold like hot pancakes because of its affordability and quality. With its upgrade this year, check out and see if this 2nd Gen is really worth your hard-earned money. We will compare these 3 hot-in-the-market and upcoming tablets so that you will see which one best suits your needs and budget as well.

Check out the comparison chart of the Kindle Fire HDX series against Google Nexus 7 below:

Google Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HDX 7 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Price (on contract) $229 – $349 $229 – $424 $379 – $594
Availability Now October 18 November 7
System chip Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 QualComm Snapdragon 800 QualComm Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait Quad core, 2200 MHz Quad core, 2200 MHz
GPU Adreno 320 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Display 7.0-inch
Resolution (PPI) 1920 x 1200
1920 x 1200
2560 x 1600
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Front camera 1.2MP 720p 720p
Rear camera 5 MP none 8 MP
Storage 16/32GB 16/32/64GB 16/32/64GB
Data connection micro USB micro USB micro USB
microSD No No No
Video out HDMI
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G/4G
Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Operating system Android 4.3 Fire OS 3 Mojito Fire OS 3 Mojito
App Store Google Play Amazon Appstore Amazon Appstore
Weight 299g 304g 384g
Size 200 x 114 x 8.65 mm 186 x 128 x 9.0 mm 231 x 158 x 7.8 mm


Pros and Cons

To give you a better insight of the good and the bad in each tablet model, here are their PROS and CONS.

 Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7
Gorgeous display Mediocre camera
Great performance Lacks SD card slot
Sleek design
Good value
 Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9
Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9
Cheap and portable Third-party applications limited only to what’s available in Amazon store
Convenient access to Amazon store Limited Google play store
Integration with Amazon Prime subscription benefits (book borrowing, videos) No rear camera (only for the 7″ tablet)
High resolution screen display
“Mayday” app for 24×7 free online tech support

Picking the Right Choice

Overall, it still depends whether you are an Android person or not. If you prefer a solid Android experience, go with Google Nexus 7. It has superb display quality, impressive design, and smooth performance despite of its cheap price starting at $230 only. This fact will surely make every Google Nexus buyer satisfied.

Although Amazon was never left out when it comes to competitive specs, it even outclassed Google by integrating a faster processor, better graphics, and just as much memory. And with its innovative “Mayday” online tech support feature that can be easily reached by your fingertips, all in a friendly price of $230 (7″) and $380 (9″), this tablet is too difficult to be ignored.



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