7-Inch Shootout: New Kindle Fires vs. Nexus 7

Samantha Murphy
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With so many 7-inch tablets hitting the market, we decided to stack Amazon's latest Kindle Fire products in this display range up against Google's Nexus 7.

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And judging by specs alone, the Kindle Fire HD is the better buy.

Although the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 both tout 1,280 x 800 resolution displays -- compared to the newly-revamped Kindle Fire's 1,024 x 600 display -- the Nexus 7 weighs in as the lightest (12 ounces). The Kindle Fire HD is almost two ounces more (13.9 ounces), and the Kindle Fire is 14.1 oz.

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Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HD, which promises 11 hours of continuous battery life, beats out against Nexus 7 (10 hours) and Kindle Fire (8.5 hours) when it comes to charging power. You can also get more memory for your buck with the Kindle Fire HD. It costs $199 for 16GB (or $249 for 32GB), while the Nexus 7 is $199 for only 8GB of storage (or $249 for 16GB).

Take a look at the specs below and let us know which device you think is the best investment. Will you be purchasing any of the devices? Let us know in the comments.

Specs Compared: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7

  Kindle Fire Kindle Fire HD Nexus 7
Screen Size 7 inches 7 inches 7 inches
Resolution 1,024 x 600 1,280 x 800 1,280 x 800
Weight 14.1 oz. 13.9 oz. 12 oz.
CPU Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP 4430 Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 Quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor
Storage 8 GB 16GB or 32GB 8GB or 16GB
Connectors Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0, micro-HDMI Micro USB 2.0
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Battery 8.5 hours Web browsing 11 hours Web browsing 10 hours Web browsing
Camera Front-facing camera Front-facing HD camera 1.2MP front-facing camera
Wi-Fi Single-band Wi-Fi (801.11 b/g/n) Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (801.11 b/g/n) Single-band Wi-Fi (801.11 b/g/n)
Price $159 for 8GB $199 for 16GB, $249 for 32GB $199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB

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