Face to Face Battle: New Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9” vs Apple’s New iPad vs Google’s Nexus 7 Comparison

how to choose the best tablet pcI have a friend who likes Apple. Everything he buys, from computers, music players, phones, he chooses Apple. Even if I show him something else he will respond with: “But, it’s not Apple.” So, many people don’t peruse what’s new in the market because they have already chosen their brand! For others, who don’t have in-depth knowledge regarding these brands or specific tablets, we are going to examine their capabilities and show you what they can do best for your personal needs.

The Display Panel

iPad: It uses new breakthrough technology with Retina display 9.7” that produces 2048 x 1536 screen resolution (264ppi) and 3.1 million pixels. It produces great color saturation and the display is so vivid that no pixels are visible even at maximum zoom.

Kindle HD 8.9”: The new Kindle’s HD display is 8.9” in size and produces 1900 x 1200 screen resolution (254ppi), somewhat less than iPad’s display. It can play movies and videos in high definition and provides great color / deep contrast, plus the latest anti-glare technology for tablets.

Nexus 7: Asus’ new tablet has a 7” display with 1280 x 800 resolution (216ppi). It is protected with the latest scratch resistant corning glass technology that makes it difficult to ruin the display unless you’re a reckless user! Colors and sharpness are outstanding, also!

Photographic and Video Recording Capabilities

iPad: The camera definitions are 5 mega pixel with iSight technology, autofocus for easier use, face detection, high definition video recording up to 1080p with audio, video stabilization, Face-Time camera with VGA quality photos and video plus geo-tagging.

Kindle HD 8.9”: Amazon doesn’t provide a camera on the new models except a front face HD camera for Skype or any other video call application.

Nexus 7: Asus tablet features a 1.2 mega pixel front face camera also. It seems that Amazon and Google don’t care about incorporating a quality intrinsic camera because they might consider tablets are a wholesale media device with different logic than Apple’s iPad.

Device Connectivity and Speed

iPad: The heart of the device has a dual-core processor A5X which is custom designed for the new iPad. It produces high performance, and parallel has an onboard chip with a quad-core graphic powerful processor. For connectivity it has built in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE technologies plus a Bluetooth 4.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: Amazon’s new Kindle 1.5GHz dual-core high performance processor is the OMAP4470 from Texas Instruments, which is a little faster than Kindle Fire HD 7” and has superior 3D graphics. The Internet connection is active through dual band / dual Wi-Fi antennas (faster than any other tablet) or the ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless from AT&T. Bluetooth is available to connect speakers, headphones, etc.

Nexus 7: Comes with an nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that gives you the best processing power for quick page loading or gaming as it involves a 12 core GPU! For network connectivity it uses built-in Wi-Fi technology and Bluetooth to share files or connect other devices. There is no 4G wireless card installed.

Comparing Memory and Storage Capacity

iPad: Apple installed 1GB of RAM into the new iPad. Now regarding the storage capacity, it’s up to you and the size of your wallet. A 16GB Wi-Fi model is priced at $499, a 32GB WiFi model at $599 and 64GB model at $699! For the models that have the extra 4G LTE wireless card the prices are even higher (16GB at $629, 32GB at $729 and 64GB at $829).

Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: Amazon offers Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch model at the price of $299 that comes with 16GB of storage and $369 with 32GB of storage. The 4G LTE Wireless model is priced at $499 with 32GB of storage and $599 with 64GB of storage space. There are no official specifications out for the amount of RAM yet.

Nexus 7: Asus sells one model of Nexus with a 7-inch display that comes with 8GB of storage capacity priced at $199 and 16GB storage priced at $249! New Nexus 7 has 1GB of RAM installed for better speed and high system performance.

Battery Capability

iPad: Apple verifies that even with the new Retina display and quad-core graphics installed to the new iPad device, battery life span is still up to 10 hours of power, enabling you  to do almost anything you want, from reading to watching movies or playing your favorite games.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: Amazon has not specified yet the amount of battery life availability. The only figure that we have is for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch display that allows staying open for 11 straight hours. The older version of Kindle Fire peaked at 8.5 hours of continuous use.

Nexus 7: Asus puts up a great battery for the Nexus 7 model. It is a 4325mAh battery that can support up to 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing and e-reading and 300 hours of standby!


iPad: The new iPad has the largest display of all at 9.7-inches. Its height is 9.5” and width 7.31” while the depth is only 0.37”! It weighs 1.44 pounds or 652 grams.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: Amazon comes with an 8.9-inch display. Its height is 9.45”, width 6.5” and depth is less than iPad’s at 0.35”. The weight of Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is 1.25 pounds or 567 grams.

Nexus 7: It has a 7-inch display. Its height is 7.8”, width 4.72” and depth 0.41”. Nexus 7 is the lightest and weighs only 0.75 pounds or 340 grams.

Warranty, Services and Support

iPad: When buying a new device, its warranty is of the highest importance. Apple includes  90 day technical telephone support from the date of purchase and a 1  year limited warranty. You can expand your warranty to 2 years with an Apple Care plan for iPads, and allow cover for two incidents of accidental damage.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: The package includes 1 year limited warranty and possible 2 year extended warranty that is only available within the United States and sold separately.

Nexus 7: Asus gives a 12 month limited warranty. For more information about their policies please visit their official website.

Official Websites

You can find more information and details about these new tablets here:

Apple: The New iPad 

Amazon: New Kindle Fire HD

Google: Nexus 7

In Conclusion

All three models are great but it’s up to you and what OS you like to interact with beyond each device. By this, I am referring to the differences between Apple, Amazon and Google. Someone prefers Apple because of its applications, for example, while another customer prefers Amazon because he can pay Amazon Prime for $79 a year and have streaming videos, TV shows and movies, free shipping with quick delivery, etc. Another customer would choose Google and Google Play because of the Android OS that he’s familiar with. So it’s up to you and what suits you best to purchase for personal or business use.

Some Advice and Caution

If you are ready to buy one of these great new tablets don’t do it until you actually see the product. Go down to your nearest electronics shop and find out what fits you best. Have it in your hands, feel the quality, see the display, open applications and the web-browser to see how fast it goes and then make your own choice. Sometimes I hear buyers saying “It’s not what I expected to be” and they get frustrated. If you don’t want this to happen, make your own research, spend some time on it and then you will feel great with the choice you’ve made!