Galaxy Tab vs iPad Mini vs Nexus vs Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD will soon launch in SA; how does it stack up to the tablets already available?

By - June 4, 2013
SA Tablet

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet PC from Amazon is set to become available at retail in South Africa on 13 June 2013 for R2,999.95.

This price is reportedly a special launch price, and is expected to increase to around R3,200 after 16 June.

While there are quite a few options for smaller tablets in South Africa, the Kindle Fire’s main competition are the other low cost devices in the 7-inch tablet category.

The table below summarises the specifications, US retail prices, and South African retail prices of Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, Google’s Nexus 7, and the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

Specifications Amazon Kindle Fire HD Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Maker Amazon Asus (with Google) Samsung
Operating System Android 4.0 (customised) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display 7″ WXGA (1280×800) 7″ WXGA (1280×800) IPS 7″ WVGA (1024×600) PLS
Rear camera None None 3MP
Front camera 1.3MP 1.2MP VGA (0.3MP)
Storage, internal 16GB/32GB 16 GB 8/16 GB
Storage, expandable None None microSD (32GB)
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB
Dimensions 193 x 137 x 10.2mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm
Weight 394g 340g 345g
Chipset TI OMAP4 4460 Nvidia Tegra 3 TI OMAP 4430
Processor 1.2GHz dual core 1.2GHz quad-core 1GHz dual core
Graphics PowerVR SGX540 416MHz GeForce ULP (12 cores) PowerVR SGX540
NFC No Yes, with Android Beam No
Battery 4,400mAh *(iFixit) 4,325mAh 4,000mAh
US price Wi-Fi only
16GB: $214
32GB: $244
Wi-fi only
16GB: $199
32GB: $249
Wi-fi + 3G
32GB: $299
Wi-fi only
8GB: $180
Wi-fi + 3G8GB: $280 (Verizon)
SA price Wi-fi only
16GB: R2,999.95 (launch special, Incredible Connection)
Wi-fi only
32GB: R2,999.95 (Incredible Connection)
Wi-fi+3G
32GB: R3,999.95 (Incredible Connection)
Wi-fi only
8GB: R2,230 (Orange)
16GB: R3,210 (Orange)
Wi-fi + 3G8GB: R3,720 (Orange)
16GB: R3,915

8-inch tablet PCs

While tablets with larger screens typically have much higher prices than their 7-inch competitors, it is still worth comparing them to see what the extra money buys you.

The following comparison is especially interesting following the recent announcement of Acer’s 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.

According to Acer, the device is expected to become available in South Africa towards the end of June in both its 32GB and 64GB variants.

Specifications Apple iPad Mini Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Acer Iconia W3
Operating System iOS 6 Android 4.1 Windows 8
Display 7.9-inch XGA (1024×768) IPS 8″ WXGA (1280×800) 8.1″ WXGA (1280×800)
Rear camera 5MP 5MP 2MP
Front camera 1.2MP 1.3MP 2MP
Storage, internal 16/32/64GB 16/32GB 32GB/64GB
Storage, expandable None microSD microSD
RAM 512MB *(iFixit) 2GB 2GB *(leaked specs)
Dimensions 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 210.8 x 135.9mm N/A x N/A x 11.35mm
Weight 308g (Wi-Fi) / 312g (Cellular) 338g (3G version) 540g
Chipset Apple A5 Exynos 4412 Intel Atom Z2760 (Cloverview)
Processor 1GHz dual-core* 1.6GHz quad-core A9 1.8GHz dual core
Graphics PowerVR SGX543MP2* Mali-400MP PowerVR SGX 545
NFC No No Unknown
Battery 4,440mAh *(iFixit) 4,600mAh Unknown
US price Wi-Fi only
16GB: $329
32GB:$429
64GB: $529
Wi-Fi + Cellular
16GB: $459
32GB: $559
64GB: $659
Wi-fi only
16GB: $400
Wi-fi + 3G
16GB: $630 (Amazon)
Wi-fi only
32GB: $379
64GB: $429
SA price Wi-Fi only
16GB: R3,599
32GB:R4,799
64GB: R5,999
Wi-Fi + Cellular
16GB: R5,099
32GB: R6,399
64GB: R7,499
Wi-fi only
16GB: R5,035 (Orange)
Wi-fi + 3G
16GB: R6,375 (Orange)
Wi-fi only
32GB: R4,499 (ERP)
64GB: R5,299 (ERP)

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