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Prizefight: Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs. Google Nexus 7

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Prizefight: Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs. Google Nexus 7

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The battle for 7-inch tablet supremacy is far from over. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD is the new challenger for Google's Nexus 7. Will it be the new king of the ring?

-What's up Prizefight fans? I'm Brian Tong and the 7-inch tablet wars are anything but settled. So, we're facing up 2 of the hottest in the market today, it's a Prizefight punch out between Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Our judges for this fight are senior editor Eric "The Takeman" Franklin, senior editor Donald "Taco" Bell, and myself Ring-a-ling-a-ling tong. Now, we'll take all 3 judges' blind scores and this amount to the nearest 10th of a point, the final prizefight score would be an average of all rounds using the same system. Let's get it on, round one is design. The Kindle Fire HD makes design improvements with rounded corners, a beveled edge that's more ergonomic and the rubberized backing with an accented stripe. Amazon's 7-inch screen tablet really pops and brings a higher 254 pixel per inch density that's second only to the iPad. Now the physical volume buns are welcome addition, but they're so flash that I found myself looking for them many times. Now, Google's Nexus 7 is one of the best looking 7-inch table designs we've seen and felt so far. But bubbled edges aren't as sharp and feel comfortable to hold and its grippy perforated backing feels almost like a leather car seat. It's lighter in weight, and its 7-inch screen still looks straight even with lower 216 pixels per inch. The Nexus 7 gets a 4 and the Kindle Fire gets a 3.3. Next round is controls and user interface. The Kindle Fire HD refines its UI and makes it for people who just wanna access their content and nothing else. You have the pull down menu for you settings and notifications and quick access to your favorite apps any time is an improvement. Now, depending on the app you're on, it will serve relevant information like similar apps of trending topics, but creates too much noise. It's still limited interface and that's a blessing for some users, but are curse for others especially compared to people who love that Jelly Bean. Now, the Nexus 7 show cases android Jelly Bean front and center and we're fans. It's supper clean and is simplified things while in the customization with widgets that automatically resize themselves and a dock for your apps and let you also create folders on it. The notifications drop down is still staple here plus it brings physical power volume buns that you don't have to hunt for. this one is close because it comes down to the user, but Google takes another round with a 4.3 and the Kindle Fire HD gets a 4. So, after averaging 2 rounds, the Nexus 7 leads by half a point. Next round is feature. Both of these guys bring WiFi, Bluetooth, and front-facing cameras. You won't find memory expansion slots on either one, but there's feature to each tablet that sets them apart. The Nexus 7 comes in 8 Gig or 16 Gig versions, but it's crown jeweled feature with Jelly Bean is Google now which help deliver relevant info like weather, public transit, and nearby business the more you use it services. It's voice recognition for speech to text and commands are the fastest and most accurate you'll find anywhere. Android Beam also lets you exchange data with 2 nearby devices when you tough them together and its Google play store has a more robust selections of apps and hefty amount of media content. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HD steps out with 16 or 32 Gig storage in addition to its cloud service to pick up the slot. Now, the Fire HD also has 2 antennas for better WiFi performance, but amazon is really pushing to bring unique features to the Fire like x-ray for books and movies that brings more relevant information alongside your content and Whispersync that syncs location in a book or how far you've seen the movie across multiple devices. You can even sync Kindle books and companion audible audio books together. There access to corporate e-mail for the grown ups and amazons free time sets time limits on kids' usage. Now, its biggest feature is its content library for amazon prime members to have access to free movies, TV shows, books and music content. The Fire HD also has its own version of the Google play store that's overseen by Amazon and limits some of your app selection. Now, really amazon really apps their game here and they take this round for 4.7 to 4. Next round is web browsing and multimedia. Google Nexus 7 brings one of the best tablet web browsing experiences even without flash support with this chrome browser that has more features as smoother pinch and zoom and in our comparisons loaded web pages faster than Amazon's Silk Browser. Now, the Kindle Fire's browser is still solid, but this time around, you won't find flash support. Video quality look great on both devices, but I'd give the Kindle Fire HD the slight edge when it came to Netflix and YouTube streaming with its high resolution screen plus its Dolby Digital speakers really make a difference with the sound. Both sides stand out on their own here and we're calling this a tie at 4. So, after averaging 4 rounds, the Kindle Fire has closed the gap to just one tent of a point. The final round that decides it all is performance. The Fire HD makes huge improvements with the overall speed and navigation of its OS, but the Nexus 7's topnotch performance can be felt everywhere with the snappier OS and smooth video and images. Thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Now, in our video playback battery drain test, the Nexus 7 gave us 10.1 hours of video playback with WiFi turned off and the Kindles claims over 11 hours of battery life depending on usage. Now, with normal day to day use, both tablets were comparable and had similar battery life, but the final round, the Nexus 7 does again with the 4 and the Kindle Fire HD gets a 3.3. So, let's average out all 5 rounds and in a battle between 2 of the best in the business, the Google Nexus 7 was able to keep its lead in the end and takes the slugfest 4.1 to 3.9 and is your Prizefight winner. Now, these are 2 of the best at 199 tablets on the market and really the decision might come down to which ecosystem your most invested in and how you're playing in using the tablet of your choice. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll catch you guys next week for another Prizefight.

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