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Google’s new Nexus 7 Tablet vs Amazon’s Kindle Fire

After much waiting and wandering from everyone in the tech world, Google has finally unveiled its own-brand tablet – the Google Nexus 7.

Unveiled in the usual Jobs-style presentation at the company’s I/O event in San Francisco, the Nexus 7 is Google’s first foray into the tablet market.

Manufactured by Taiwanese firm Asus, the Nexus 7 is due to go on sale here in the UK in the middle of July. It’s placed firmly at the low-end of the market, so how does it compare with the king of the cut-price tablet, the Kindle Fire?

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 looks to be a very impressive device, with decent specs that wouldn’t look out of place on a more expensive device.

Under the bonnet there’s a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, giving the Nexus smooth usability. It’s also running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – the latest version from the OS king.

On the outside, the device has a sleek, glossy look that again makes it look more expensive than it is. The seven inch screen is also decent, with a 1280×800 IPS display.

Prices for the tablet will be £159 for the 8GB model and £199 for the 16GB version, although there is no MicroSD slot available in either.

» Take a look at our early hands-on review of the Google Nexus 7 here!

Amazon Kindle Fire

Of course, the Kindle Fire is not available in the UK just yet, but news of the Amazon App Store coming to the UK has sparked rumours that we’ll see the device before long.

Expected to be priced around the £200 mark, has Amazon shot itself in the foot by not releasing the Fire earlier? It’s certainly a decent tablet, but the specs do fall down somewhat against the Nexus.

With a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 processor, as well as a measly 512MB of RAM, the Kindle’s speed does let it down. The internal storage is also pretty dire, at 6GB, although that doesn’t seem to bother users in the US.

Both devices certainly represent good value for money, but it looks like Google has got the edge over Amazon. The sooner it gets the Kindle Fire 2 to market the better!

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