Amazon Kindle Fire vs Nook tablet: no clear winner


    There is certainly no clear winner when one compared Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook tablet from Barnes and Noble.

    If you are looking for a user friendly, economic and value for money tablet that may satisfy some of your computing needs, you don’t need to look much farther. Here are at least two great tablets available in the market that may give you great satisfaction and at dirt cheap rate.

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet compete well with their more endowed tablets that come at a huge cost to users. Though they are not as feature rich, glossy and beautiful as largest selling tablets like Apple’s iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab or ASUS Transformer Prime, the second generation Android tablet from ASUS, they fulfill most of the needs of common tablet users.

    They also give users higher level of mobility than most 10 inch tablets. Apple’s iPad 2 is not often taken out of the confines of offices or homes. They are costly and there is always a fear that the tablet may get damaged. But the 7 inch tablet that costs less than $200 or slightly more for Nook, makes great sense to take while going out of the house or office.

    The two are great for many tasks including reading, browsing the Web, watching video, listening to music, and more. Both allow great user interface and integrate with Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.

    There are two sets of users. One wants to replace his or her ebook reader and go for a gadget that can allow him or her to accomplish other tasks too including buying and renting media from Amazon, the Kindle Fire will be the best option. But if someone wants to use the tablet mostly as a color ebook reader, it is advisable to go for Nook tablet. Reviews after reviews have suggested that Nook is more suitable to be used as a color ebook reader as it comes with superior layouts and more readable, less glary display.

    A reviewer while talking about the display qualities of both the small 7 inch tablets says, “Both tablet’s screens have a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, which limits how sharp the text they display can be. But the Nook Tablet’s screen is less reflective than Kindle Fire’s; the LCD is bonded to the glass, which mitigates reflection and increases contrast and sharpness. In comparison, I often encountered glare on the Kindle Fire’s display”

    As far as operating systems of both the tablets is concerned, both run on the same Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Amazon earlier stated that its Kindle tablet would come with Android 2.2 Froyo. But when came in, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have Gingerbread as the firmware. Both the 7 inch small tablets come with Android Market and many incredible apps for eReading and content streaming. Both Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet support on-demand video services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. Besides them, the devices are with lots of Google features and others.

    Kindle Fire and Nook are launched by two big retailers. And the manufacturers of the two tablets’ one point agenda is to be able to sell their new tablets to eReaders, who want to enjoy some music and video along with reading. Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon have manufactured their tablets in a way that customers can enjoy music and movies along with eReading.

    Amazon has a clear edge over Barnes and Noble when it comes to content. Amazon is the largest retailer of media and books including movies and music in the world. It one of the first companies to sell products deep into the long tail by housing them in numerous warehouses and distributing products from many partner companies. Amazon directly sells or acts as a platform for the sale of a broad range of products. These include books, music, videos, consumer electronics, clothing and household products. As of Q1 2011, Amazon has approximately 137 million active customers worldwide. It was also reported that there are 2 million merchants selling on Amazon equaling a third of the total listings.

    When Amazon announced its Kindle Fire, it dropped a bombshell. The price it mentioned was unthinkable for many an ordinary tablet fans. It grabbed media attention with its dirt cheap price tag of mere $199. Of course, with a goal to compete with iPad, Amazon has priced its tablet as low as possible. Barnes & Noble too priced its tablet pretty low. Nook Tablet comes with a price tag of $249, i.e. $50 more than its major rival in the market.

    Both the tablets lack an important feature, camera. They don’t have any camera at all compared to the improved cameras that are now increasingly becoming the part of tablets right now. ASUS Transformer Prime comes with a great 8 mega pixel camera. Reports suggest that the forthcoming iPad 3 may come with highly improved camera.

    But Nook has a few advantages over Kindle tablet. It comes with 1 GB RAM compared to 512 MB that is part of the Kindle Fire. In memory too Kidle Fire is clearly beaten. It comes with 8GB internal storage while Nook comes with 16 GB of internal storage. Nook also comes with a microSDHC card slot for adding up to 32GB of storage.


    1. I’m just wondering if nook color plays videos on a lower bandwidth? Amazon says fire can’t & I’ve returned one 2 times,as videos won’t download. Now wonder about buying nook instead any help?

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