The Kindle Fire has the same resolution as the Nexus 7, but a dual-core TI OMAP processor – not a Tegra 3 quad-core beast that's inside Google's tablet – powers its internals. We're not saying you'll definitely experience lag, but it's worth knowing that this isn't the fastest tablet on the block.
That said, Amazon is offering a few goodies that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere; including two Dolby Surround Sound speakers, a $50 per year unlimited 4G wireless plan, and an ecosystem that many appreciate far more than Google Play – especially if you want to read (in which case, it's heads and shoulders a better option than even Apple's ecosystem).
Perhaps it's unfair to compare this tablet to the newest iPad, but we've done just that in the table below. Consider this your pre-iPad Mini-and-Surface-Tablet-release shopping guide. For what it's worth, I STILL think you should wait a month before buying ANY tablet.
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