Google's Nexus 7 'Obliterates' Kindle Fire

It's got better features and a better design, Rich Jaroslovsky says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 4:50 PM CDT
Google's Nexus 7 'Obliterates' Kindle Fire
James Bruce uses a Nexus 7 at Google's Developers Conference on June 27 in San Francisco.   (Getty Images)

Sorry, Kindle Fire owners. When the Google Nexus 7 arrives next week, your tablet will officially be second-rate. "The Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the current Kindle, and sets a high bar for whatever Amazon comes up with to replace it," Rich Jaroslovsky of Bloomberg writes. "Go down the list of standard tablet features, and the Nexus 7 wins every one."

The Nexus boasts Bluetooth, GPS, and a camera, all things the Kindle lacks. It's also got a higher-resolution screen and faster processor, all for the same price. It doesn't have Amazon's deep online store, but it does have the latest edition of Android—complete with the nifty Google Now. And thanks to manufacturer Asus, "the Nexus 7 is as attractive and smooth as the Kindle Fire is chunky and clunky." Google is ultimately battling Apple in the tablet war, but this makes the Kindle Fire "collateral damage." (More Nexus 7 stories.)

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