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Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet – A Comparative Review and Buying Guide

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When it comes to buying a cheap tablet PC or an eBook Reader, most shoppers end up confused before these two brands.Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook tablet. To bring these models at a relatively low price, Amazon and Barnes & Noble made lot of sacrifices by cutting down features usually associated with some of the tablets in market, but at the same time incorporating the basic necessity for using it as an eReader and also for listening songs and videos. But neither matches the versatility of Apple iPad2 or an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet.

Reading

When it comes to reading newspapers, magazines, children’s books and tutorials, Nook performed better than Kindle. Nook tablet was better in rendering text with larger fonts. Both reader comes with read aloud feature and recording own soundtrack function. Nook have an additional feature of supporting page animations. Nook offers more periodical than Amazon and it handles magazines better. Nook also has access to more children’s book than Amazon.Nook Tablet is the winner in this category.

Physical Design

Amazon Kindle comes with 8GB of storage space with no expansion slot, while Nook tablet comes with adding up to 32 GB storage. Nook tablet design is less susceptible to glare compared to Amazon Kindle Fire. Other drawbacks of Amazon Kindle Fire include the poorly placed power button which is prone to getting accidentally switched off. Also the speakers are poorly placed and also lack physical volume buttons. Nook is again the clear winner in this category.

Navigation

Navigation is much easier in Kindle compared to Nook tablet. Kindle has got a pleasing,consistent design and menus. While the Nook tablet’s navigation is locked into portrait mode, while Amazon kindle fire navigation can be oriented to portrait or landscape mode. The Nook also allows shortcut for recently accessed content. Amazon Kindle Fire is the winner when it comes to navigation.

Web Browser

Kindle Fire’s silk browser is far superior to the one which comes with Nook. Nook’s browser requires more taps to perform tasks and navigation among windows, while Kindle’s silk browser is better. But when it comes to the reading text and fonts in browser, Nook browser performed better compared to Kindle.

Multitasking

When it comes to multitasking, neither tablets failed to perform well in the test. Both tablets were capable of multitasking, but when moving from one app to other, the apps seems to go in a close down mode rather than going into a suspended mode. Both tablets failed to live up to the expectation when it comes to multitasking. None emerged as winners.

Personalization

Android devices are very flexible when it comes to customization. But both Amazon Kindle and Nook have custom interfaces on top of Android Os, which limit their ability to customize the interface. However Nook offers more personalization compared to Amazon Kindle which makes Nook tablet, the winner in this category.

Buying or Renting Music, Video and Books

Amazon Kindle makes the download of books, periodicals, music and downloading streaming videos very easy from Amazon store. Nook tablets also have a very simplified approach when it comes to downloading books, periodicals and apps from Nook store. However, as of now Nook doesn’t sell video or music content. But Barnes and Noble announced that they will be introducing streaming video and rental service by early 2012. Amazon Kindle is clearly the winner in this category.

Music Player

The Kindle Fire got a well designed, elegant looking layout which is very easy to operate. The player let to sort songs and also download it from Amazons music store without any difficulty. This music player is indeed the greatest strengths of Amazon Kindle Fire. The Nook Tablet  is not that elegantly designed and little complicated to operate. The Nook tablet has no built in store for downloading tracks. However it comes preloaded with application that allow streaming services for playing music. Amazon Kindle is again the winner in this category.

Speakers

Amazon Kindle got a poor speaker layout  by placing it on the same edge of Fire and they are stereo speakers. Nook tablet got a mono speaker. Maybe they are yet to develop the tablet for the purpose of listening music. Amazon Kindle is the winner in this category.

Email

Nook and Kindle does not have a great email client. However Nook got a better easy to use application. Nook is the winner in this category.

Pictures and Personal Video

Nook clearly have an edge over Kindle Fire When it comes to viewing pictures and videos. Kindle seems to considerable deteriorate the quality of picture by resizing the image, lowering resolution and dropping details. We have Nook as a clear winner in this category.

Apps

When it comes to apps, both Kindle Fire and Nook tablet got only limited apps to download. Nook apps looks well adapted for their tablet, while Amazon apps don’t seem to have well developed apps which adapts well to the Kindle layout. Nook is again the winner in this category.

Hope this information will help you in making a decision between these 2 tablets. For Amazon fans, Kindle Fire is very appealing and it comes with a reasonable price. But lot of other tablets are better than this. For me, Nook tablet is definitely a step ahead compared to Amazon Kindle Fire. Nook would have been the clear winner, provided it was developed more flexible just like most of the android tablets.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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