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Comparison: Kindle Fire HDX vs Nexus 7

Processor and RAM

If something stands out about these two tablets, it is that they have a high-performance processor, especially in the case of the new Amazon tablet. And it is that, far from being a low-level processor, it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with four cores capable of reaching a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz. It is the best processor on the market, and that is why which is so remarkable. The Nexus 7, meanwhile, carries a Qualcomm processor as well, but the Snapdragon S4 Pro, the highest level that was launched last year. However, even being quad-core, it is not of such a level, and that is clear when seeing that it is capable of reaching a clock frequency of 1.5 GHz.

The two new tablets have a RAM memory with the same characteristics, as it is a unit with a capacity of 2 GB. RAM is the memory that allows a greater number of applications to run in the background. In this case, we are talking about a RAM memory typical of high-end tablets.

Screen and camera

The screen is no surprise. On the one hand we have the Nexus 7, which is obviously seven inches. The screen resolution of the Mountain View tablet is 1920 by 1200 pixels. We are talking about a resolution that exceeds that of the Full HD screens that many of us have at home, so the image quality will be really high. In the case of the Kindle Fire HDX we are in a similar case, since the screen is also seven inches and has the same resolution.

When it comes to the camera, we find a big difference. While Google has chosen to put a main camera when in the previous past it did not, Amazon has chosen the opposite. The new Nexus 7 has a five megapixel camera that is capable of recording video in Full HD 1080p, as well as a front camera for video calls. For its part, the Amazon tablet only has a front camera that allows video calls.

OS

Although the two new tablets carry Android, the truth is that there is also a very important difference in terms of the operating system. On the one hand, the Nexus 7 carries Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, without layers of any kind, and will be one of the first to update to Android 4.4 KitKat. For its part, the Kindle Fire HDX carries Android, but with complete customization capabilities from Amazon, which limits the tablet, being able to say that it will not be practically like an Android, although the applications that Amazon includes in its store can be installed. apps. On the other hand, it also has a complete suite of apps like Kindle’s, to read books.

android 4.3 has trim support to improve the performance of Nexus devices

Battery and memory

Finally, we cannot forget to talk about the memory and the battery of the two tablets. Neither of the two allows you to expand the memory through a microSD card, so choosing the correct capacity at the time of purchase will be absolutely essential. In this regard, we find three variants by Amazon, being able to acquire the new Kindle Fire HDX with three different capacities: 16, 32 and 64 GB. Google’s Nexus 7 is available in two different capacities, 16 and 32 GB. If we were looking for a memory of 64 GB, the only option is the Amazon tablet.

The battery in the case of tablets becomes vital. Its size allows manufacturers to opt for larger capacity batteries. Amazon talks about a battery that offers an autonomy of 11 hours. It does not specify the capacity of it, so we cannot compare the theoretical values. In the case of the Nexus 7, whose battery has a capacity of 3,950 mAh, the autonomy according to Google is 9 hours, so it is considerably less if the data is real.

Connectivity

Although the two tablets have versions that only have WiFi connectivity, they are also available in a version with 3G / 4G. Acquiring the tablets at this price will mean paying 100 euros more. The base price for the most basic versions is 229 euros for both the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7. Although if we want a tablet with 4G, it will be cheaper to buy a Kindle Fire HDX, as it is 20 euros cheaper than the Nexus 7.