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Which Tablet To Buy : Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus7 Or Apple Ipad?
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Which Tablet to Buy : Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus7 Or Apple Ipad?

The android tablet pc market has seen a remarkable rise in the last 5 years, with the most popular being the apple ipad, the Amazon kindle fire and the google nexus 7. However, the Apple iPad is still holding a 68% market share worldwide, reaching 78% in China. Outselling the Chinese made Lenova. The samsung galaxy is another recent offering on the market. and seems to be fairly popular. People have slowly moved from bulky desktop computing, to laptop computing to tablet in a relatively short amount of time.

The reasons are mainly convenience, but also the efficiency of processors has meant smaller more compact components can be squeezed into smaller and smaller cases and thus eliminating the need for bulky computers for even the most processor heavy tasks. The fact that Final Cut Pro; a top end HD video editing app made it's debut on the iPad recently; is a clear indicator of the power of tablet computing. But the big question is of course, which one should you buy.

Lets take a look at the 3 key players and how they stack up.

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is the budget end of tablet computing but don't let that fool you. Feeling more like its e-reader cousins than a tablet it sits in the hand nice and snug.

A little too minimalist in some respects with a single button (everything else is touch screen). Apart from a headphone jack and micro USB charge port there really isn't a lot to find. Unfortunately there is no camera or GPS either, not a huge loss but those requiring video or location based service apps are going to be disappointed. The other notable issue is the 7 inch screen, not really big enough for watching lengthy video; and with the keyboard open the on screen space is constricted.

The kindle fire's 512MB of RAM and a poor 1Ghz processor isn't up to the task when pushed. It seems more like an e-reader pushed too far than a limited tablet. The Amazon Kindle Fire doesn't stand up to harsh testing.

Google Nexus 7:

The Google Nexus 7 is the relative new kid on the block, and since Google are major players in the online world you can expect them to know a thing or two about building a solid tablet.

Packing GPS and NFC, the lack of rear facing camera isn't an issue since the front facing lens allows Skype calls and is more than adequate for every day use. Not the slimmest tablet around but the soft touch back and glossy 7 inch screen make it an all round comfortable tablet to hold.

Battery life is a respectable 8 hours for watching full screen video, and since the Google Nexus 7 has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor it handles games and video with ease.

All round a great tablet although minor criticisms would be poor contrast in bright light situations, and the ever presence (or lack of) decent apps available for Android Jelly Bean.

Apple iPad 3:

The new generation of the Apple iPad; the ipad3 is similar to it's older brothers, just slightly heavier (60g in total). You get the usual build quality with Apple, solid construction and well built. The 9.7 inch screen isn't as dense or crisp as its iPhone cousins but is of a good enough size and quality to make video a joy to watch. The Apple A5X quad core makes toast of most video applications and the retina display is as crisp as ever. The vast amount of apps available for iOS means that even the most game hungry user should be well fed. The only real downside to the Apple iPad3 is the lack of expansion, so unless you go for the 64gb model you might find yourself running out of space.

From the above we can see that there pros and cons for each of the android tablet pcs, which one to buy has to depend on one's preferences. For those wanting something cheaper and easy to carry, then the Amazon kindle fire is the tablet of choice, but for those who a bigger tablet with a bit more apps and functionalities, then the Apple ipad is a tablet of choice but the Google Nexus 7 is pretty smart too.


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