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Infographic: Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7, iPad 3 and More

Steven Blum

Not as fast as the Nexus 7, not as pixel-rich as the iPad 3, the Kindle Fire HD is still a pretty great tablet, but that might not be enough to save it in the cut throat budget tablet market. 

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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  • Anna F. Sep 7, 2012 Link

    Of course I'd wait for a ROM to be released ;PP

  • Patrick R. Sep 7, 2012 Link

    @anna, I did it with the origina kf. In fact i still use it as a gaming tab. My phone and prime are for work to scrimp on battery life. I suggest you wait for the dev community to give it a once over though. I HAD to wait a couple of months before a suitable stable rom came out for it. Got it running some JB rom at the moment.

  • Anna F. Sep 7, 2012 Link

    The only reason I'd buy the Kindle Fire HD instead of the Nexus 7 is the memory. Double the memory for the same price. I'd root it and flash stock Jelly Bean of course, so I'd gain Play Store access as well :) Actually, now that I think about it, it sounds like a good plan :D I think I might do it xP

  • Glostermeteor Sep 7, 2012 Link

    And its bloody cheap! Why fork out a shed load for an iPad when you're going to most of the same functionality? Although personally Ill wait until Google respond and up their ante, need a tablet with an sd card slot

  • Eric McBride Sep 7, 2012 Link

    The one reason this tablet will sell = It has Amazons name on it.