Amazon held a snazzy little event today to announced their very anticipated new line of Kindle Fires, as well as a new Kindle with backlit display. Being that the Nexus 7 recently came out, it was very clear that they'd need to step their game up in order to compete and that they definitely did.
They also announced an 8.9 inch version, but that's for another post. This post is all about comparing the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 and seeing who comes out on top. When it comes to the display, they both clock in at 1280x800 pixels. The difference though is that the Kindle Fire HD's display is an IPS panel that is laminated to reduce glare and provide better viewing at angles. In that respect, Amazon wins.
Quite obviously, the Kindle Fire HD is running Android, but with Amazon's own skin on top of that. What's great about the Nexus 7 is the fact that is comes with a stock version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Because the Kindle's interface is locked down, we have to hand it to the Nexus 7 as far as software is concerned.
Although the Nexus 7 features a quad-core processor whereas the Kindle Fire HD does not, it doesn't feature stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Also, the Kindle Fire HD comes with dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi which means far better WiFi performance, and comes with 16GB storage at $199 instead of just 8GB with the Nexus 7. There haven't been any side by side performance comparisons yet, so it's hard to tell in that department.
Quite frankly, they both seem pretty nice as far as hardware is concerned. Amazon claims that the Kindle Fire HD can get up to 11 hours of battery life which is a little more than the Nexus 7. At the end of the day, it's kind of a tough call. While the Nexus 7 has a quad-core Tegra 3 and is running stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Kindle Fire HD comes with double the storage at both the $199 and $249 price point.
If you're looking to buy a 7 inch Android tablet here soon and want a stock Android experience, I suggest going with the Nexus 7. However, if you're a big time Amazon customer and want more storage, the Kindle Fire HD doesn't look too shabby. It's also worth mentioning that it'll be no time before the Kindle Fire HD is rooted and you can install Android 4.1 anyways.