The Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7, the tablets from Amazon and Google, respectively, were designed specifically for the two companies\’ content services. Google has Google Play, while Amazon has the Amazon App Store for apps and games, Instant Video for TV and Movies, and the Kindle Store for books and magazines, while music is handled through the retailer\’s site.
So to help readers decide which media consumption tablet is a better pick, we compared the content services around which they were built. But this head-to-head isn\’t just a simple match up of numbers; quantity isn\’t everything. We also look into the quality of each selection (including which store has more exclusive content), as well as organization and even customer perks that each of them offer, like free apps or refunds.
Google Play has the slight edge as far as content goes, with a wider selection and a few more exclusives than the Amazon App Store. Everything else, however, is neck-and-neck, with the Amazon App Store making an especially strong case for itself in the customer service department. Since both Amazon and Google have their strengths, the ideal solution here would be to find a way to use both services.
See, the real game-changer is the fact that the Amazon App Store can be accessed from any device (though, admittedly, its Instant Video services are restricted to the Kindle Fire), while Google Play is only allowed on certain devices that Google deems worthy of the storefront. While the limited availability of Google Play seems like it could work against the service, it\’s also an issue that can easily be circumvented: why not just pick up a Google Play-enabled device and load up the Amazon App Store onto it as well, giving you access to nearly all of the content from both providers?