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Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: Which Should You Choose?

Perfect timing for holiday shopping season, Barnes & Noble is set to announce its next version of the Nook on Monday with an expected release date of Nov. 16. Called the Nook Tablet, leaked documents indicate that the device will look and feel just like the Nook Color but with a few internal and external changes. But with the Kindle Fire also coming into the fold a day earlier on Nov. 15, which portable tablet/ereader combo should you choose? We'll look at the pros and cons of each and help you decide.

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

Price

The Kindle Fire will sell for $200, while the Nook Tablet will be priced at $249.

Specs

Both the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire will come with a seven-inch touchscreen display at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and WiFi connectivity, but the Nook pulls ahead in processing power. The Nook Tablet will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor compared to the Kindle Fire's dual-core 1GHz, but let's face it — they're both going to be plenty fast. The Nook will also come with more storage space with 16GB on on-board and expandable with a 32GB SD card, while the Kindle Fire is limited to 8GB of on-board storage space. The Kindle Fire is integrated with Amazon's free cloud storage, however, so data space becomes a nonissue with the Fire. As far as battery life goes, the Kindle Fire will last up to eight hours with the WiFi turned off, while the Nook Tablet is expected to run for a full 11.5 hours while reading, and nine hours while watching video with the WiFi off.

Content

Both the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will be able to stream music, videos, and books, but where the content comes from is where these two differ. The Nook Tablet will be able to stream shows and movies from Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora, while the Kindle Fire will be jacked into Amazon Prime, which offers free (as well as paid, and rental) streaming movies, TV shows, and music from its online store. Kindle Fire customers will get a free 30-day Amazon Prime membership to test out the benefits, but from there it comes with a $79 a year price tag. As far as books go, you'll obviously get the choice of choosing between Barnes & Noble's online selection and Amazon's. In addition, Amazon's app store is brimming with fun and familiar apps, which could woo customers to the Fire.

See our final thoughts and verdict after the break.

Final Thoughts

Shoppers who are already ingrained in the Amazon ecosystem will have no problem choosing between these two devices. Amazon Prime is well worth the $79 price it comes with for free two-day shipping and free streaming of movies and shows, which will come in handy for taking the Kindle Fire on the go. Amazon's new Silk web browser, which claims to cut down on download times due to a dual cache system, might be a selling point as well. Those looking for an affordable and accessible Android device will find love in the Nook Tablet. With Hulu Plus and Netflix, your bases are covered in terms of entertainment. But — you'll be spending more in the long run. Amazon Prime offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV, with rental prices starting at just $1.99. Considering that you're spending over $200 a year on Netflix and Hulu Plus alone (and renting those you can't get on the two channels), you'd be saving some cash by getting the Kindle Fire and paying that $79 Amazon Prime membership.

The Verdict

The Kindle Fire wins for unlimited cloud storage, Amazon Prime integration, and affordability.

Update: This post has been updated with new information provided from the official Nook Tablet launch.

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mpw04 mpw04 4 years
I have a Kindle Fire with Netflix and Hulu it supports them both 100%. It also came with the Amazon Prime for a month but I prefer Netflix. There are over 10,000 apps for just about anything you want to do and most of them are free. I did like the additional storage on the Nook until I noticed that 90% is reserved for B&N books. I believe that there's very little storage left for anything else.
LadyUnion LadyUnion 4 years
Will be picking up my Nook Tablet this weekend. Decided on the Nook because I don't trust the cloud storage. Not comfortable with how secure it is,or how easy it is to access. Even though they charge nothing for Amazon content storage,how can I be sure that policy will never change given the ecconomy. At least the Nook tablet will have plenty of on board storage,so I am not necessarily tied to Barns & Nobles cloud storage. Also I believe the screen resolution will be better than the Fire,with the new screen B&N has on the new tablet. Faster,brighter,more secure with more memory. Nook Tablet is a no brainer for me!
herfyjo herfyjo 4 years
As a non-techie user, I could care less about rooting and forking and all that other stuff people do to their gadgets. Can I read books, watch videos and play games? Yes? That's all the average user cares about. Trust me, we outnumber the techies by a large margin. If I wanted more, I'd spring for an iPad. And as an existing Amazon fan with an investment in their books, etc. already, it's a no-brainer­. I made the Kindle vs. Nook decision two years ago and have been very satisfied. Why change? The Prime videos are still growing, but I'll bet on them before Netflix at this point. I cancelled that membership months ago! I plan to order a Kindle Fire and apply the $50 savings to next year's Prime membership­.
bhartman36 bhartman36 4 years
Actually, scratch that. It's got a micro-USB connector, so a thumb drive won't wokr on it (without an adapter).
bhartman36 bhartman36 4 years
The Kindle Fire does support removable media. It doesn't support micro-SD cards, but it has USB host mode, so you can take a USB thumb drive and add memory that way.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 4 years
@JayBeeNY: I think it's important to take in to account all costs of a device before diving in. Comparing the cost of an Amazon Prime membership verses that of Netflix and Hulu or your entertainment needs is a concern for budget-minded consumers. It's quite a difference in cost if one of your main functions of these ereader/tablets is streaming video. And I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I'd honestly like to know how many people actually sit inside a B&N store to read an ebook for an hour. Is that a real benefit for Nook users? Let me know! Also, as far as lending goes, don't forget that Amazon recently introduced free lending as well. Both devices have that benefit now.
djsegfault djsegfault 4 years
When it comes to the content providers for each device, which one wins will be highly personal. For instance, I already have a Netflix account with streaming, so unless Amazon announces a Netflix app within a few days of launch, that's a heavy point for the NookTablet for me personally. Also, as someone who uses Linux 99% of the time at home, and is mindful of privacy and reliability concerns of the cloud, a removable media slot means I'll never need special software to get content on and off. Frankly, the biggest minus for me for the NookTablet right now is not the NookTablet itself, but the future of B&N. If B&N looses the brick and mortar battle, and can't successfully transition to more of an online presence, then you're stuck with a dead end device. I don't see Amazon going away anytime soon.
JayBeeNY JayBeeNY 4 years
The review seems to be incomplete. Barnes and Noble offers thousands of free books and a new free book each week. They also offer 1 hour a day of free reading in their stores. Addtionally, why suggest that one need subscribie to both Hulu plus and Netflix in the price comparison? Nook allows for download of free ePub library books, Kindle does not. With that in mind, maybe the choice isn't as clear as the reviewer would have us believe.
djsegfault djsegfault 4 years
I agree with providingthetruth. Pretty much every article I've seen comparing these yet-to-be-shipped devices pretty much ignores not only that the NookTablet will have double the storage, but removable media. Despite the picture the media and marketing folks like to paint, there is no bountiful and free wifi every single place I go, and I live in Boston! On-board storage matters. Also, both services are only offering their cloud storage for content bought through them, if I'm not mistaken, so all the music and videos and ebooks I already own must reside on the device. With the Fire, there's a hard limit, but the NookTablet has a memory slot (which also makes loading a different OS temporarily much easier). Lastly, I am too concerned with privacy to put all my content on somebody else's server. That's one of the main reasons I didn't buy an Android phone.
providingthetruth providingthetruth 4 years
A few things wrong with this article: 1. Both companies provide unlimited cloud storage on things purchased from them. Barnes & Noble has an "archive" feature to store any ebook, magazine, app, etc. So does Amazon, but if you want to store you're own files on Amazons servers there is a fee. 20GB is $20 per year, etc. Dropbox supports Nook so the Nook Tablet has all the benefits, plus more physical storage. 2. No mention that Nook has DOUBLE the RAM as the Fire. That is a fairly big difference in power. 3. Doesn't take into account the pain in cloud storage. A mobile device without data access makes it very difficult to access the cloud files. On board storage is much better
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