As it turns out, summer of 2012 is the time of two big tablet launches. We’re talking about Google Nexus 7, which was launched just a couple of days ago during the Google I/O conference, and Kindle Fire 2, which will be launched on July 31.
At first glance, the devices are quite similar. They both have 7 inch touchscreens with quite a dense resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and they also have the same price tag – $199, which makes them direct competitors.
Google Nexus 7 has a little head start over Kindle because of the early launch, but this shouldn’t make much of a difference as both devices are of similar quality.
Amazon has a lot more work to do before the launch date because they have to figure out what to do with the old Kindle Fire. Right now, sources indicate that the price of Kindle Fire will be reduced to $149, so both devices (Fire and Fire 2) can be sold simultaneously. This is something Amazon’s been doing for a while with other Kindle devices.
The new Kindle Fire 2 (image above) will most likely feature a camera and physical volume-control buttons (something Kindle Fire doesn’t have). Apart from that, there’s not that many details available. We still don’t know what processor will power the device, or what amount of memory will be used.
Google Nexus 7 (image above) runs the newest version of Android – 4.1 “Jelly Bean.” The device has been created by Asus. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm (7.8in x 4.7in x .4in) in size, and weighs 340g.
The tablet runs quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM. What’s interesting is that there’s no microSD expansion slot, which means that Google hopes that customers will use cloud-based Google Play services for additional storage.
Right now, Google Nexus 7 can be preordered at Dixons and their affiliate partners. First devices are expected to arrive on July 19.
When it comes to the new Kindle, affiliates will be able to promote it through the Amazon Associates program. Right now, all Kindle devices offer 4% to 8.5% commissions per sale (depending on the number of units sold). We can only expect that the new Kindle Fire 2 will fall under the same rules.
Google Nexus 7 is currently on offer at Dixons. If you want to become an affiliate, you can sign up through Affiliate Window. Dixons offers 2% commissions on all transactions, so the deal doesn’t seem as attractive as Amazon’s.
We have to remember that Amazon is a lot easier to promote as a brand. They are highly respected and do business in virtually every region of the world.
For now, Amazon is the winner when it comes to Nexus vs Kindle affiliate programs, but we’ll have to wait and see what the next months bring.