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Nexus 7: How it stacks up against Kindle Fire & iPad

by Ray Aguilera

June 27 2012

Google unveiled their new Nexus 7 tablet this morning at Google I/O. Is this the challenger to the Kindle Fire?

At this morning's Google I/O keynote, the search giant introduced the Nexus 7, their first venture into tablet hardware, . Built by Asus, the Nexus is a seven-inch tablet designed to compete with the Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7 ships with Google's brand-new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and offers similar specs to Amazon's most advanced tablet offering. The Nexus 7 is available now for pre-order, and is expected to ship in mid-July.

Processor

Nexus 7: Quad-core Tegra 3 
Kindle Fire: Dual-core OMAP 4 
iPad (3rd-gen): Dual-core A5

Screen

Nexus 7: 7 inches, 1280 x 800 (216ppi)
Kindle Fire: 7 inches, 1024 x 600 (169ppi)
iPad (3rd-gen): 9.7 inches, 2048x1536 Retina display (264ppi)

Ports

Nexus 7: Micro USB
Kindle Fire: Micro USB
iPad (3rd-gen): Dock connector

Storage

Nexus 7: 8/16 GB
Kindle Fire: 8 GB
iPad (3rd-gen): 16/32/64 GB

Size

Nexus 7: 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches 
Kindle Fire: 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches
iPad (3rd-gen): 9.5 x 7.3 x .37 inches

Battery

Nexus 7: Up to 8 hours of active use (4325 mAh)
Kindle Fire: Up to 8 hours of reading (with WiFi off)
iPad (3rd-gen): Up to 10 hours of use (42.5 Watt-hours)

OS

Nexus 7: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Kindle Fire: Custom Android 2.3 Gingerbread
iPad (3rd-gen): iOS 5.1

Networking

Nexus 7: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
Kindle Fire: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
iPad (3rd-gen): WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Optional 4G LTE

Availability

Nexus 7: Pre-order now, shipping July
Kindle Fire: Now, with rumored update soon
iPad (3rd-gen): Now, with likely update in early 2013

Pricing

Nexus 7: $199, 8GB; $249, 16GB
Kindle Fire: $199, 8GB
iPad (3rd-gen): $499, 16GB; $599, 32GB; $699, 64GB  (4G versions are an additional $130)

We'll have more hands-on information, as well as a full review of the Google Nexus 7 soon.

Ray Aguilera is the Technology Editor of TabTimes, and is based in San Francisco.

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