Tablet Cage Match: Nexus vs. Kindle

thumb_9653b574708b7a6469e28ee67a57dc73 (1)When making a tablet purchase for your business, there are many factors to take into account, such as portability, battery life, screen resolution and more. However, the most important factors are whether or not the device will actually help you get more done. Here are the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire tablets side-by-side for your comparison.

At first, it would seem that both Google and Amazon are competing in a more-or-less level field; both devices have a seven-inch screen, both are being sold for around $200 and both are trying to convince consumers that their tablet is ideal for movies, music, digitized books and other forms of entertainment. However, if you put the specifications of the device side by side, it quickly becomes apparent that the Nexus 7 has the advantage. As opposed to the Kindle’s 512MB of RAM, 1GHz dual-core processor, 170 pixel-per-inch screen, and about five hours of battery, the Nexus 7 boasts 1GB of RAM, 1.3Ghz quad-core processor, 216 pixel-per-inch display and a nine-hour battery. Furthermore, though Amazon has gone out of their way to make the outdated Gingerbread version of Android they use as friendly as possible, the Nexus 7 boasts the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, as well as offline dictation, map use, a predictive keyboard and other new features. Finally, the Nexus 7 is currently the lightest of all seven inch tablets on the market , as well as possessing a forward facing 1.2MP camera, a microphone, Bluetooth, GPS and Near Field Communications or NFC (a system of wirelessly transferring content; payments, electronic business cards, etc.). There is nothing wrong with the Kindle Fire; it’s biggest disadvantage is simple that it a slightly older tablet.

However, this is an article about which of these tablets is best for your business, and from a business perspective, the Nexus takes the cake. While both tablets can open up documents, run applications for note taking, and voice recording for meetings. The only real advantages that the Kindle has are access to thousands of shows and movies though Amazon Prime, as well as free two-day shipping, and providing swift access to Amazon Cloud Services and the Amazon App Store. While the decision whether to get a Kindle or an Android is partly a matter of personal preference, unless your individual business is particularly dependent on Amazon, the Nexus 7 may well be your best bet when it comes to 7-inch tablets.

Of course, the tablet market changes fast, with great new devices coming out all the time. If you are looking to implement mobile computing into your business, contact us at PACE Technical Services at 905.763.7896.

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