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Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7

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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012 10:00:33 AM PST
Brian B. says:
Like both tablets. Like the speakers on the Kindle but like the Google Earth, voice search and GPS on the Nexus 7. Thought about going minimalist with the Kindle HD, but the thought of having to buy a charger and pay to have advertising removed from a device I just bought doesn't sit too well with me from a customer perspective. Any thoughts?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 10:11:08 AM PST
Flip a coin?

Really, it's a matter of personal taste. It seems like you've done your homework so if you still can't decide, you can either pick one or exercise a little patience and wait to see what might be coming out in 6 months or a year.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 10:12:06 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
I can tell you that I really like my Nexus 7, and it's great that it gets the new Android updates when they get released.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 10:15:57 AM PST
FlyingAce says:
I personally don't have either, but I do have an android tablet. I considered the fire when I was shopping, but I liked the flexibility of having an android tablet with the kindle app on it.

The Nexus won't have the Amazon video (Amazon hasn't released an Android App for it). The Nexus will allow you to read books from other e-reader apps like B&N, if that matters to you. You can get Amazon MP3 on it as well (if you use that). The Nexus is also more customizable. I have read others complaining that they can't change backgrounds on the fire among other issues. You can get the Amazon App store on the nexus, which in addition to the google play store should provide you with just about anything you could need. On the Nexus, the only time you will have ads is if you download some apps. A lot of apps have a free, ad-supported version as well as a paid add-free version.

Personally I went with the android tablet that I have because while I wanted it for reading, that was not going to be the primary use. I knew that I would be using it to basically replace my laptop when I travel. I use it for personal email, watching netflix, reading, some games, and reading my newsfeeds. I use it a little bit for business when necessary, but not very often. The Kindle Fire just did not offer me the flexibility that I was looking for.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 10:19:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 10:21:55 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
It all depends on you and what you want the most. I just got the Nexus 7 myself and canceled the Fire HD I had on pre order.

Love it so far. Some of the Pros for me were the full Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean, access to the Google Play app store, the GPS/Google Earth and now that is comes in 32gb the price is cheaper than the Fire $250 vs $369. Although the screen is a little smaller but that makes it easily portable, I think it is just right.

There are some features that you will be missing out on over the Fire. You won't have the Immersion reading, text to speech for Kindle books, access to the Amazon cloud, won't be able to stream Prime videos from Amazon as they use flash but there are other places you can such as Hulu, etc. One thing the Fire has that the Nexus does not is the HDMI output.

If you are heavily invested into Amazon content then the Fire is a better choice. If you only have Ebooks and can live without some of the unique features of the Fire then go for the Nexus.

After looking over the features and looking at comparison charts I went with the Nexus 7, you will have to weigh the features and decide for yourself. Either way they are both good tablet devices.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 10:27:05 AM PST
rickh57 says:
I had the original Fire, since given to my mom -- her first electronic toy.

I debated between the Nexus and the HD. Both had features that I liked, but I picked the Nexus 7--32gb to have the full Android experience; I'm already running Android 4.2 on it. The only Amazon feature that I can't currently use on it is Amazon Video, which isn't that big of a draw to me. I seldom used that with my Fire, so I don't really miss it -- and I think that sooner or later Amazon will come up with an Android video player -- to keep up with the one they introduced for the iPad.

I have no regrets about my purchase. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 10:47:04 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Personally if I were in the market for a new tablet I would go with the Nexus. Having full access to the Google Play Store is a big plus. Also I can't stand the interface on the Fire. I do not like the idea of the carousel.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:14:40 AM PST
Brian B. says:
@rickh57 -- Thanks for the input. Have you experienced any issues with WIFI connectivity with the Nexus? I know the Fire HD is supposed to have very good WIFI and I have read that some users have issues with the distance from the router you can receive WIFI with the Nexus.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:17:16 AM PST
rickh57 says:
I've had not wifi issues with my Nexus. It's worked fine both at home and at work and the speed is as good or better than I saw with my Fire. My router is only a single band 802.11n, so having the extra band of the HD wouldn't make any difference. If you have a dual band router, that might make a difference for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 7:53:01 AM PST
Brian B. says:
Thanks for your help making making my decision guys. I will bite the bullet and go with the Nexus 7 and hope the learning curve is not too steep.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 8:39:27 AM PST
Lisa says:
There is no way to see amazon prime videos on the nexus 7, is that right?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 8:47:32 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Not unless you can get Flash to work on it or until Amazon releases an app for Android.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 9:11:45 AM PST
dharris says:
Is the itunes store available on Kindle Fire HD?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 10:40:28 AM PST
Sarida says:
Seeing the Nexus and Fire HD side-by-side at Staples made me think the Fire would be better simply for the viewing. The screen was fantastic!

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 2:43:15 PM PST
The Kindle HD is basically a media consumption device designed to be used on Amazon with the secondary use of being a general tablet. So it's better for reading your books or watching Amazon videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 2:46:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2012 2:47:25 PM PST
Buy what you like/can afford. I vastly prefer the Fires myself for what I want to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 2:03:11 AM PST
C. Yang says:
I love my 1st Gen Fire but another thing to keep in mind, the Nexus will get updated the Fire will more than likely not. Once the product cycle is over it seems Amazon will no longer update it, at least so far. My last update was IN MAY! It works fine but some of the new features like FreeTime would be great. I also worry since the Kindle App is built in no new features will follow.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 2:42:17 AM PST
D.L.C says:
Flash installs but it's not pretty on the nexus 7. Also need either Xscope browser or Firefox beta to run flash. Chrome does not support it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 2:43:31 AM PST
D.L.C says:
Perhaps but the nexus 7 let's you connect flash drives. 64 gb of flash drive is a lot of movies. Amazon disable USB hosting on the fires.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 3:17:49 PM PST
Numan says:
beside watching amazon prime video i can't think of anything else you can't do on a nexus 7. on the other hand, there are tons of things from both software and hardware that are missing on fire hd. its a very easy choice :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 3:23:45 PM PST
Text to speech, X-ray, Free Time, HDMI, anti-glare lamination, dual wifi antenna, better entertainment ecosystem, easier interface for non-techies, no worries about learning an OS to use the device...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:22:00 PM PST
Numan says:
text-to-speech ---> fully baked into android. also google now's tts is the best i've seen across platforms.

x-ray --> very cool feature which i wish comes to google tv

free time --> android 4.2 has multiple user account that supersedes this functionality

better entertainment ecosystem --> debatable when you have play, youtube, hbo, netflix, spotify etc on play store. not to mention games where play store has more selection of games and n7 has better gpu for high end games. plus there is google tv...

easier interface for non-technies --> my mom uses nexus 7 everyday and for her the "internet" is mostly facebook :) (iow she is as non technie as you can get)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:23:37 PM PST
real TTS for first run books... can you download a best seller and use TTS on the Nexus? No.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 5:21:21 PM PST
Numan says:
i could turn this on in android with talkback but that this meant as an accessibility feature.

for "real" experience of audio books i would download the audible app which i use on all my android devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 7:42:05 PM PST
D.L.C says:
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN watch Amazon video on the Nexus 7. It merely requires you to stream it via flash which is easily gained via side installing the APK and installing firefox beta.

That said, the quality is reduced and it's choppy at times.

If your key requirement is accessing Amazon Media, get the Kindle Fire HD. If it's not, get the Nexus 7.
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