Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Google Upstages Amazon's Kindle Fire with Nexus 7

Nexus 7 Tablet
Google introduced Nexus 7 at Google I/O, the Google developers' conference in Mountain view. Whichever way you look at it, Nexus 7 is a better version of Kindle Fire - Not only it comes with a high definition display, but also have all the features essential for a tablet which Amazon skipped in Kindle Fire to save cost. These include Bluetooth connectivity, important when you want to watch a movie in a flight and use your wireless head set, longer last battery (capable of 9 hours of HD video play), a camera, and if you want to replace your Garmin Device in your car, a GPS.

Google has also added the up and coming near field communications (NFC) technology, which will allow the user to use it for buying things in a physical store if / when the physical stores adopt the NFC technology. Unlke the bluetooth connectivity and GPS, we don't believe NFC is that useful a feature, since we don't lug around our tablet when we are going shopping, though I am sure there are a few good grocery shopping list apps on android.   
And Google is claiming that it has already build an impressive collection of Games, Videos, Movies, Books/ Magazines, Apps and Music in Google Play, it's branding of its "anything digital store". To drive this point home, the tablet comes preloaded with a full length movie and e-magazines such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as well as free issues of Popular Science,  the Food Network and others and a $20 credit to use in Google store. 

The Nexus 7 is also first tablet to cross into a quad core CPU and comes with a high definition 1280×800 display.  The 8 GB edition matches the price and memory for Kindle Fire ($199). For people who want to store their whole collection of music, images and ebooks with a generous room left for movies a 16 GB model. Nexus 7 is available for pre-orders effective immediately to the customers in United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

Well, I am pre-ordering one but not putting up my Kindle Fire for sale right away. 

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