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Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire 2

The war of the tablets is heating up and with the Nexus 7 going out on pre-order UK this week, excitement is growing at the prospect of an affordable tablet finally being available in the UK.

The tablet battle is going well and truly low-end, after being kick-started by Amazon and the Kindle Fire at the tail-end of last year.

Of course, we’re yet to see the Kindle Fire over here. But rumours abound that Amazon might skip a UK release altogether, and go straight to the Fire 2.

We don’t know too much about the Fire 2 at the moment, but it’s going have to be pretty special to beat the Nexus 7. So how will the two devices compare?

Google Nexus 7

Powered by the latest version of Google’s OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7 is “faster and more intuitive”, according to its makers.

The device’s quad-core processor also enables responsive and fluid usability, as well as the ability to run a number of apps simultaneously and load pages at a lightning-fast pace.

The 7-inch 1280×800 high-resolution display creates sharp graphics. Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors also help to create a more interactive gaming experience.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2

The tech rumour mill has thrown up the idea that Amazon is set to release two versions of the Kindle Fire 2, one with a 7-inch screen and the other with a 10-inch screen.

The smaller tablet is speculated to match the Nexus 7 both in terms of its screen resolution, also 1280×800, and its price point of $199.

The Kindle Fire 2 is also set to be powered by a quad-core processor. So the tablets are fairly like for like, but the option of a tablet with a larger screen may just help the Kindle Fire 2 take a larger slice of the market.

But if Amazon doesn’t get its act together and release the Fire 2 as soon as possible, it could find itself constantly playing catch-up with Google.

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