Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is Samsung’s entry in the domain of 7 inch devices where Kindle Fire is reigning. The price of Samsung devices has been set to $249.99 which is just 50 bucks more than the Amazon device, and with impressive technical features Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 can be a pretty good contender against Kindle Fire.
However, there are various factors other than price that would eventually decide the winner of this contest. The most obvious of those factors happen to be the software of the tablets. As far as operating system is concerned, both these devices run Android.
However, Kindle Fire’s user interface is vastly different from usual Android interface which one would find on Galaxy Tab and other tablets. On Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Ice Cream Sandwich would work in conjunction with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
While the user interface of Amazon Kindle Fire is heavily modified and simplified. However, due to different interface and settings, the variety of apps available on Amazon Kindle Fire is restricted because the only official source of apps is Amazon App Store. So from the software side there are more restrictions on Kindle Fire compared to Galaxy Tab 2.
When we compare the two devices with respect to their hardware specs, Galaxy Tab seems to have en edge since Amazon released Kindle Fire with minimal hardware.
On Kindle Fire, there is no camera, no support for SD card, and no support for USB host. These components are present on Galaxy Tab, although the technical specs are not the very best. But then again, at a price under $250, one can’t really expect to have best specs in the market.
Both devices are well equipped when it comes to multimedia content.
Amazon has provided all the aspects of Amazon ecosystem on Kindle Fire in a very organized way and a large amount of interesting content is just at your fingertips. Galaxy Tab is no less and music and video content available from Samsung Hub is quite impressive, although Samsung is yet to establish itself on this front.
Finally, Amazon has some 17,000 apps at the disposal of Kindle Fire users while Galaxy Tab 2 offers more than 40,000 apps through Google Play Store, even though many of them are not really optimized for a 7 inch screen.
But overall, Galaxy Tab has more apps to offer compared to Kindle Fire. So it seems really hard to pin point the winner of this contest.
People who like simple user interface and are pinned with Amazon ecosystem would prefer Kindle Fire but if you want a complete Android experience, Galaxy Tab seems to be best for you.