Both the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 are the two essential Android tablets at the moment, but which is better? Read on to find out.
It’s safe to say that Android tablets were always playing catching up to Apple’s iPad, but with the release of two incredible tablets, Android have slowly started getting a foothold in the tablet market. The original Kindle Fire was a clear step up for Android tablets, and although it didn’t set the world alight, it offered users a real alternative to the iPad.
Fast forward 12 months and we now have two new contenders for the crown. Google’s Nexus 7 has been out for a few months, but has already cemented itself as the premier Android tablet, offering good specs at a impulse purchase price. Its main competition for Android supremacy will now come from Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD. A similar device in many ways, but also one that caters for a different audience entirely.
We’ve had a good read of both device’s specs and put together a head-to-head to determine which tablet is better. Which side are you on?
The Wikipad is a tablet and console hybrid, looking to offer the most authentic gaming experience yet.
The Wikipad looks to bridge the gap between mobile devices and full gaming consoles. Offering the user both an authentic Android-powered tablet, alongside a console-based controller, the new tablet aims to take the idea of mobile gaming to the next level.
As well as doubling up as a gaming unit, the tablet itself has some fairly decent specs. There’s a 10.1″ display with 1280×800 resolution, and will run Android 4.1. Powering the device is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, meaning even the most hardcore of games should be taken care of. Other specifications include the tablet and controls weighing it at a hefty 560 grams, 16GB of internal storage, and both front and rear facing cameras.
The integrated gaming controls on either side of the tablet consisst of a slide-in case where the tablet connects, dual analog sticks, as well as a series of buttons. There are also two shoulder buttons on each side of the controls.
Amazon have announced the successor to the Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD. Here’s everything you need to know about the new tablet.
Just over a year ago Amazon took their first steps in the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. At the time, the device was one of the premier Android tablets, and still remains competitive in the market today. A year on and Amazon have announced the follow up to the original tablet, the Kindle Fire HD. Here are the details you need to know.Size and dimensions
The Kindle Fire HD will be available in both 7″ and 8.9″ sizes, with the former coming to the UK. As you can tell by the name, the new Fire will run on a HD screen, alongside a 1280×800 resolution. The display has been altered from the original Kindle Fire to improve viewing angles and give off a lot less glare. The 7″ model weighs in at a slim 395 grams, and is only 10.3mm thick. This makes the tablet one of the thinnest, and lightest, we’ve ever seen.Battery, processor and storage
There’s a lot of power underneath the Kindle Fire HD’s shell, and the OMAP4470 processor should be on par with the powerful Tegra 3 processor found in other tablets. The battery has also seen an upgrade from the original, with Amazon boasting an 11 hour battery life for the device when using it for basic browsing and games. People wanting to view HD content on the Fire HD will see the tablet’s battery life drain a whole lot quicker. If you’re a keen media hoarder, then you’ll be happy to know that the Kindle Fire HD will come in both 16GB and 32GB variants. On top of this, users will have access to Amazon’s storage service, Amazon Cloud.
Expand your library of apps with the Amazon Appstore. Here’s how to get started with it.
The Google Play Store has long been the hub for sourcing and downloading the latest and greatest apps on to your Android device. But with other variants of the Play Store now available for download, we’re taking a look at one of the main contenders, the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon already has a successful foothold in the Android market, with both the Kindle Fire and official Amazon app both doing well. The Appstore they’ve developed is similar to the Play Store in a lot of ways, but includes a great number of features which may sway some people to jump ship.
There’s a huge collection of apps available for Android device, and the Appstore does a good job of filtering a lot of the junk you tend to come across on the Play Store. One of the best features of the app is its ongoing ‘App of the Day’ promotion, within which Amazon gives away one paid app away for free. For this reason alone, you need to take a look at the Amazon App store. Here’s how to get started with it.
Rovio announced next installment of Angry Birds franchise.
Angry Birds creator, Rovio, have officially announced the next installment for the popular bird flinging phenomenon. Entitled Bad Piggins, the gameplay has been kept closely under waraps by Rovio, but what we do know is that the game will let you control everyone’s favourite pigs, instead of our feathered friends.
Bad Piggies is due to launch on 27th September for Android and iOS devices.
ZTE and Intel team up to launch new Android phone.
Despite ZTE only announcing their latest flagship device, the ZTE Grand X, very recently, the Chinese-manufacturers have teamed up with Intel to bring out the ZTE Grand X IN.
The device includes a 4.3″ TFT display with a 960×540 to go alongside it, as well as a 8-megapixel camera that should cater for the snap happy amongst you. Under the bonnet is what makes the Grand X IN stand out from the crowd, with it sporting Intel’s very own Atom Processor Z2460. This should make multitasking an absolute dream.
From the other specs we’ve seen, everything else seems to be fairly standard, but users can look forward to full 1080p video recording if they decide to fork out for the device.