Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus vs. Kindle Fire

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus vs Kindle FireSamsung was one of the first companies to release a 7-inch slate. They followed it with another one with a 10.1 in. screen. Then an 8.9 followed then a 7.7 and finally back to 7.0 but now with a “Plus” on the name. If there is an award for most tablet versions no doubt Samsung would bag it. The company has been testing out a lot of products to see which one can beat the iPad 2.

But Samsung did not expect that they would have another fierce competitor with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The 7-inch e-reader/tablet has actually surpassed the Galaxy Tab as the best-selling Android tablet in the world. Is the Kindle Fire really better than the Galaxy Tab? Let us find out in this Galaxy Tab 7.0 vs. Kindle Fire.

 

Performance

Both the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Kindle Fire run on dual-core processors. The Exynos 4210 on the Tab, however, is clocked higher at 1.2 GHz compared to the Fire’s TI OMAP4430 which is at 1 GHz. Benchmark CPU scores for the Tab is 3353 while the Kindle Fire on the same test scored 3069. This means the CPU of Tab 7.0 Plus is better than that on the Kindle Fire. The Tab also scored higher than the Fire on the graphics department, 515 to 307. Check out the rest of the benchmark results here.

 

Display

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features a PLS LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 600 by 1024 pixels. The Fire’s IPS TFT screen contains the same pixel resolution. The Kindle Fire’s screen is brighter than that of the Galaxy Tab when both are in their maximum levels. Both screens look good but it would have been nice if the Tab featured an AMOLED display with a higher resolution like that on the Galaxy Note.

 

Looks

Similar dimension, similar screen size, similar colors. You will hardly notice the difference between the two when it comes to the exterior.

Operating System and Apps

Both are Android devices; the Tab is running on Honeycomb (3.2) while the Fire runs on a heavily modified Gingerbread (2.3) version. The Tab 7.0 Plus is a pure Android which means you will have full access to the Android Market. Meanwhile, the Fire is Amazon’s device is you would have one of the largest online retail stores offering you lots of books, games and other multimedia content. Not much app is built for Honeycomb yet so if you want more things to play with then the Fire would be better for you.

One of the unique features of the Tab 7.0 Plus is the Peel Smart Remote App. Basically, this is an app that utilizes the tablet’ built in Infrared emitter. Simply put, you can control appliances using the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The browser of the 7.0 Plus is your standard Android browser. The Kindle Fire’s Silk browser is faster because of its cloud integration. But this also means you don’t have to worry about your security while browsing the web with the Tab.

 

Prices

 

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Kindle Fire

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Summary of Specs

Galaxy Tab 7.0 PlusKindle Fire
Processor, RAM1.2 GHz Dual Core Exynos 4210, 1 GB1 GHz Dual Core TI OMAP4430, 512 MB
Storage16 GB/32 GB with MicroSD Slot up to 64 GB8 GB (6 GB for user content)
ConnectivityHSDPA (3G), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, InfraredWi-Fi only
Camera3.15 Rear, 2 MP Front, 720p VideoNone
Price$300-$600 (Check Prices)$199 (Check Promos)

 

Verdict – Galaxy Tab 7.0 vs. Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is nowhere near the specifications of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It has a better processor, more connectivity choices, better storage options and more features not found on the Fire (like cameras SD Card slot, etc.).  But along with its superior specs is its higher price. You would buy it if you are looking for a high-end 7-inch slate as it is, no doubt, one of the best around. But if you are looking for your first ever Android tablet, the Kindle Fire would suffice.

Check out how the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus compares with other tablets here.

Photo Credits: Mashable

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