Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility.
First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race?
For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath these 3 tablets.
Screen Size: If you’re all about the screen size, then the iPad 3 should be your obvious choice. Sporting a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Nexus and Kindle Fire’s 7-inch screens, you can view text and images much better without doubt. However, to go up against the iPad, Amazon has even launched the Kindle Fire HD in an 8.9-inch screen model, which can definitely change the game with regards to this category.
Connectivity Options: Here’s where the competition begins to heat up and consumers get a variety of options. If you’re looking for a tablet with only Wi-Fi connectivity, all these tablets can be considered, including the 2 versions of Kindle Fire HD, the iPad and the Nexus 7. But go beyond the Wi-Fi access, and your choices narrow down to the iPad, which offers GSM and CDMA connectivity, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which gives you LTE connectivity options for much faster browsing speeds.
Storage: In terms of storage, we have to say that unfortunately the Nexus 7 takes a beating with a limitation of only up to 16 GB space, while even the Kindle Fire HD 7 gives you up to 32GB of space. Want more? The iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 go up to 64GB of storage space, which we think is far more than just ample.
Cameras: Now, this is where the Kindle Fire HD becomes the surefire winner, with its HD front facing camera, as opposed to the Nexus 7’s 1.2MP and iPad’s VGA equivalent. However, if you’re going to need a camera in the back as well, consider only the iPad 3 with its 5MP camera.
Weight: Not surprisingly, the Nexus 7 is the lightest among these tablets at just 0.75lbs, with the Kindle Fire HD 7 coming in second, weighing 0.87lbs. Between the larger screen options, however, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 takes a narrow lead, weighing 1.25lbs when compared to iPad 3’s 1.33lbs.
Applications: While the iPad and Nexus 7 respectively lets you download apps from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, the Kindle Fire users can download apps onto their devices from Amazon’s Appstore.
Price: This is of course the one category that everyone’s most interested in, and boy, do we get a wide variety of choices here. The 7-inch version of Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 come in 2 price variants – $199 and $249, while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $599. Definitely more value for money than the iPad 3, we must say, which starts at $499 and goes up to $829.
So now, that you know pretty much all that there is to know about these tablets, which one do you think you would go for?