Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

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?… Read the rest

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Nexus 7 Tablet Turns Up In An Extraordinary Google Ad!

It’s just been a couple of times, when we have seen Google design and clutter its webpage, which has always been simple and ad-free. But that was changed a little yesterday, when users on opening the search browser were welcomed with an advertisement for Google’s Nexus 7 on the home page itself. Although the change was temporary, it did land Google Nexus 7 into the news worldwide.

The ad was shown under the search box for Nexus 7, a seven-inch tablet, which Google hopes will break the records of Apple iPad or the Kindle Fire, both of which are expected to release sometime soon now.

The ad was currently only for users visiting the Google home page in the US.

It read: “The playground is open. The new $199 tablet from Google.”

Google had also added a picture of just the top of the tablet, which bounced once before settling back into place.

Google is known for keeping its page white and clean. The search giant just adds Google Doodles to highlight interesting events or anniversaries.

The sudden appearance of the ad raised quite a hullabaloo, which surely got Google the free publicity for its Nexus 7 device.

Many bloggers commented on the ad, claiming Google to be desperate to make a mark in the market with its Nexus 7 tablet.

However, last week also Google had tried to make a change by adding the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to its home page, which sent users to other Google services such as the Google Art Project or the company’s page on trending searches once it was clicked.

The ad can be seen as an effort by Google, who just wanted to make its tablet make a mark in the competitive market, flooded with tablets and innovative deices. But the fact that it did attract and hit the news worldwide, and got Google Nexus 7 publicity also stays intact!… Read the rest

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Buy Google Nexus 7 in India from online stores at Rs. 16,952

Now that Google Nexus 7 tablet has been launched in the US, it is becoming difficult for tech fans in India to hold their desire to grab this one. For those who can wait till Nexus 7 tablet is launched in India, their patience will be appreciated, but for those who cannot, have the option of buying the gadget online from a number of websites that offer Google’s flagship.

Statutory Warning: you will have to pay extra bugs to price this possession. The device is available in US for $200 (approx. Rs.11,000), but if you wish to buy it in India from Online stores then you will have to pay anything from Rs 16,900 to 17, 700 (approx.).

There are number of online stores that are offering Google Nexus 7 tablet. First one on our list is Indiatimes online shopping website. Here you can buy the 8GB version for Rs. 16,952.  For those who cannot shed the complete amount at one time, the website also offers them EMI facility, where you can pay the amount in intervals of 3 or 6 months.  If you choose to opt for 3 month instalment the cost will come around to Rs. 5,652 per month and in 6 month instalment you will have to pay Rs. 2,825 per month. At present, the status of Nexus 7 on the website is in stock and the website promises to deliver it in 15 working days with shipping free. Furthermore, you will also get one-year manufacturer warranty.

Ebay.in is the second website offering the device. Here the Nexus 7 is listed at a slightly higher price of Rs. 17,690. The reason behind the hiked price is believed to be website’s good position in the eye’s of buyers. If you order your device from this site it is guaranteed to reach your door step within 15 days. eBay also offers an EMI option for 3 months or 6 months, where you have to pay instalments of Rs. 5,896.67 or Rs. 2,948.33, simultaneously.

Another website from where you can buy Google Nexus 7 tablet is tradus.com. The website offers both, 8GB and 16 GB, versions of the tablet. These are priced at Rs. 16,990 and Rs. 22,500, consecutively. Here also the website gives you an option of buying the device by making payments through EMI.

Nexus 7 from Google runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the newest OS in the market. It has a 7-inch screen with 1280×800 HD IPS display (216 ppi). Other features include quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 8 or 16GB built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, a 4325 mAh battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.… Read the rest

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What’s the New Google Tablet Got?

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is 7 inches and it runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The display beats the likes of Kindle Fire and Nook. It also has an impressive 1280×800 resolution IPS display.

For all those techies out there working around an unforgiving budget, there may yet be reason to rejoice. If you are on the lookout for a budget tablet PC, the newest entrant in the segment promises to liven up your options. Nexus 7 is the result of a collaboration between Google and Asus. It is a 7 inch tablet running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and should prove to be stiff competition to budget tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

To start off with, the display beats the likes of Kindle Fire and Nook hands down. It has an impressive 1280×800 resolution IPS display. It’s not quite up there with Apple’s new iPad retina display but then again, it doesn’t quite empty your pockets the way that the iPad does. The design is spiffy and it has a reassuringly solid built.

The Nexus 7 is light in more ways than one. It’s light on your pockets of course, but at .74 pounds, it’s hardly going to be any physical burden either. For those with a penchant for light, sleek and compact tablets, the Nexus 7, with a thickness of 10.45 mm and 7” size hits just the right spot.

The Nexus 7 disappoints on the count of being versatile. Only Wi-Fi models are available with no option of a 3G or 4G model yet. The lack of a backend camera is also a major dampener. There is, however, a front facing camera which can be used only for video chatting, which is disappointing in the least for the grainy picture quality it displays.

The internal hardware happens to be of sublime quality, as would be expected with an ASUS collaborated product. The tablet is powered by a quad core Nvidea Tegra 3 processor and a 1 GB ram. For the uninitiated, that makes for a seriously fast tablet.

The tablet comes in the standard 8 GB and 16 GB variants with the former priced at $200 and the latter being priced at $250.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience is quick and enjoyable as it ensures that the apps open fast and even the browsing on the Chrome browser is speedier as compared to all the other Android based tablets in the market.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the introduction of Google Now, a voice enabled search option which is sure to be Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri. So what improvements does Google Now have over Siri?  For starters, Google Now employs the usage of what is widely being recognised as a sexier voice.  On a more technical note, Google Now gives you more accurate results and gets acclimatised to your frequent queries and refines its responses accordingly.

Google continues to throw sizeable punches at its competitors with the updation of the Google Play store. There has been a manifold increase in the content available at Google Play so as to enable it to compete with Apple’s iTunes or Amazon’s multimedia content. Yet, despite the improvements, it is still a far cry from the standards being set by iTunes.

Overall, a smart buy for techies on a budget. Nexus 7 may prove to be the best $200 you ever invest.… Read the rest

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