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Kindle Fire HDX vs Nexus 7

Kris Carlon
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Amazon has just announced it's new range of Kindle Fire HDX tablets at 7-inches and 8.9-inches. Approach-wise they're imitating Apple, spec-wise they're looking like Google's Nexus 7, but in some ways they're better than both. The new third generation models have a lot up their sleeves beyond price, power and processor.

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The Kindle Fire HDX stacks up very well against the Nexus 7. / © Android PIT

What is a Kindle Fire HDX?

The Kindle Fire HDX is a beastly tablet by any comparison: it's got the same display as the Nexus 7, a better processor than the Nexus 7, costs the same as the Nexus 7, is smaller than the Nexus 7 and, well, you get the picture. We'll leave the iPad out of this comparison because the new models haven't yet been revealed, but the Kindle Fire HDX, on the other hand will be out October 18th. Without any further ado, here's the specification comparison between the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX.

  Kindle Fire HDX Nexus 7 (2013)
System Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" (Android basis) Android 4.3
Display 7-inches, 1920 x 1200 Pixel, 323 ppi 7-inches, 1920 x 1200 Pixel, 323 ppi
Processor / Graphics

Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2.2 GHz,

Adreno 330 graphics processor

Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz,

Adreno 320 graphics processor

RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal Memory 16 / 32 / 64 GB 16 / 32 GB
Camera  HD (720p) (Front) 1.2 MP (Front), 5 MP (Rear)
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G/LTE
Battery 11 hours mixed use
17 hours when reading
3950 mAh, Wireless Qi
Dimensions 186 x 128 x 9.0 mm 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm
Weight 303 g (Wi-Fi), 311 g (4G) 290 g (Wi-Fi), 299 g (4G)
Price

$229 (16 GB, Wi-Fi, with special offers)

$424 (64 GB, Wi-Fi, LTE, no special offers)

- with many versions in between

229 $ (16 GB, Wi-Fi),

269 $ (32 GB, Wi-Fi),

349 $ (32 GB, Wi-Fi + 4G)

You can see in the table above that this tablet is definitely something to take notice of, but it is important to note that Amazon are of course focused on selling you content and this will become apparent if you're comparing it side-by-side with a Nexus 7 in the flesh. If this is something you can live with, however, or even be interested in if you're an avid reader or Amazon junkie, then you've got a great option for a super affordable tablet in the 7-inch range.

How is it so cheap?

So how does Amazon manage to cram such impressive specs into a super-cheap tablet? It's easy, they simply sell it at close to cost price. As Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos told NBC News earlier this week: "We make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices." And that gamble may well entice consumers looking for a tiny, cheap and powerful tablet away from the current kingpin, the Nexus 7 and future low-cost contenders like Nvidia's Tegra Note tablet.

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Could the Kindle Fire HDX knock the Nexus 7 off its perch? / © Amazon

There's also a lot of additional good stuff that ships with the Kindle Fire HDX beyond stunning hardware: there's new foldable Origami covers that double as stands, Second Screen streaming to television/consoles/monitors, low-power reading mode, live help and ''remote control'' assistance with the free MayDay service, and X-Ray for Movies and Music - which let's you focus on a song in a movie (and buy it) or get lyrics to a song you're listening to (and buy that). The simple and streamlined connectivity between tablet and Amazon is actually really useful if you're keen on it, and if you're already a subscriber to various services you'll have a multimedia powerhouse in your pocket. This emphasis on consumerism may not be to everyone's taste, but it sure is convenient.

Kindle Fire HDX Origami
A very handy - and very familiar - folding cover/stand apparatus: Origami. / © Amazon

Last year's models will also go on sale now too if you're looking for a less powerful, but even cheaper bargain-basement tablet. Because the pricing options are so diverse with the new HDX tablets (screen sizes, memory capacities, with or without LTE, with or without special offers) it's best just to whip over to Amazon and see what your particular variety will set you back, but for the same price as the Nexus 7 with more options, it's going to be hard to fan the flames of the Kindle Fire HDX. We look forward to the hardware test.

What do you think of the Kindle Fire HDX? Would you consider it over a Nexus 7?

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  • Sterling Keys 9 months ago Link

    Well, I did just take the plunge and grab a new Nexus 7 but reading this comparison really kind of opened my eyes. I never really considered a Kindle when I looking for a new tablet. Guess that'll change in the future...

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  • Glostermeteor 9 months ago Link

    No Google Play Store, at least not without rooting the tablet, thats rhe biggest weakness with Amazons offering, but of course they want you to buy from amazon

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  • ljhaye 9 months ago Link

    They are not interested in being part of the Android ecosystem, they have the Fire OS 3.0 Mojito. They've forked Android and are moving in their own direction, that's the beauty of Android you can do what ever you want with it.

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  • Andy Millett 9 months ago Link

    Great specs but I'm only interested in android os.

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  • Carl Ward 9 months ago Link

    I'm considering getting into the tablet world, so to speak, and I was wondering if amazon has more content then google play and vica versa, which things besides android apps does google play excel at more then amazon and so on. I think at this moment, flexability and android apps are the ONLY advantages that the nexus has over it, but they look like big enough advantages to matter. And yet, this doesn't seem to be the case when companies compare the two.

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    Kris Carlon 9 months ago Link

    Hi Carl, you make some good points. Off the top of my head I don't know what the app numbers are for the Amazon store but I know it's only about 10% of what Google Play has. There's tons of books and film/tv/music content though, so as a media tool Amazon has a lot going for it (but so does Google Play). I simply don't know enough about Fire OS but I expect there's plenty of devs out there who might start looking at hacking a Kindle Fire HDX and seeing what they can do with it. And if sales of this tablet take off there'll be much more reason for devs to port their apps across, considering the Android base of Fire OS

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  • Amit Jones 3 months ago Link

    GOOGLE Nexus 7 by ASUS has more pixel front camera (1.2 m vs no) , more capacity internal storage (16 g vs 8 g) , wider width (7.81 inch vs 7.5 inch) , thinner depth (0.41 inch vs 0.42 inch) , lighter weight (0.75 lbs vs 0.76 lbs)
    its official page:http://www.asus.com/us/Tablets_Mobile/Nexus_7/#specifications
    Meanwhile Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 has faster processor speed (1.5 ghz vs 1.2 ghz) , higher height (5 inch vs 4.72 inch) , longer battery life (10 hours vs 9.5 hours)
    its official page:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHJRYYS

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