Kindle Fire HD vs. Nook HD

Kindle Fire HD
Nook HD

Along with Google's Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD are among the best 7" Android-based tablets in the market. The biggest advantage that the Kindle Fire HD has over Nook HD is a front-facing camera. The Nook has a price advantage; while they are both priced at $199, the Kindle's ad-free version costs $15 more and a wall charger for the Kindle costs an extra $20.

Advantages of Nook HD over Kindle HD

Advantages of Kindle Fire HD over Nook HD

You can buy or learn more about the Kindle Fire HD on Amazon.com starting at $199.

However, it must be noted that the Nexus 7 tablet from Google may be a better choice than both of these tablets. It runs Google's latest operating system (Android Jelly Bean), has 16GB internal storage, an NFC chip and GPS, in addition to a front-facing camera. So it is worth considering if you are in the market for a 7" tablet.

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Kindle Fire HD

User Rating (35):
Kindle Fire HD

Nook HD

User Rating (44):
Nook HD
Developer Amazon.com Barnes & Noble
Type Tablet computer Tablet computer
Price 139$ 130$
Camera Front facing None
Storage capacity 16-32 GB (7" 64 GB (8.9" model only) 16 or 32 GB flash memory, memory card slot
Processor Dual Core 1.2 GHz, OMAP4460 Dual Core 1.3 GHz, OMAP4460
Product family Kindle Nook
Operating system Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), heavily customized Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), customized but not as heavily
Release date 7 inch version September 14, 2012 (United States). October 25, 2012 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) November 2012
Weight 395 grams 315 grams
CPU 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470
Connectivity Micro-USB 2.0 (type B), HDMI, 3.5 mm stereo socket, Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE (8.9" model) 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
Display 7-inch 1280X800, 216 PP 7-inch IPS LCD, 1440 x 900 px at 243 PPI
Maximum supported memory capacity Does not allow memory expansion 32 GB
Speakers Stereo Stereo
TV output HDMI HDMI
Text formats supported Text AZW, PRC(Mobipocket), PDF, DOC, TXT, DOCX EPUB, XLSX, XLS, PDF, DOC, RTF, CBZ, TXT, DOCX
Still Image formats supported PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF
Digital Video formats supported MPEG-4, VP8 MPEG-4, AVI, 3GP
Digital Audio formats supported AAC, OGG, WAV, AMR, MIDI, MP3 AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC, AMR, MP3
External memory card slot None microSD, microSDHC
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor and Gyromete None
Website www.amazon.com/kindlefire http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-hd-barnes-noble/1110060426
Power 11hours 4,050mAh, proprietary connector
Memory 1gb 1 GB

Contents: Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD

Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet
Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet

edit Display and User Interface

The display size is 7” but the resolution of Nook HD is 1440X900 with 243 pixels per inch. Hence the movies appear sharper. Moreover, this is the highest resolution in the world of 7” tablets. The interface of Kindle Fire HD is sluggish and the screen is not as responsive. The Nook HD has a smooth interface and magazines with rich pages can be opened without any lag time.

edit Available Content

Kindle Fire HD can tap into the wide ecosystem of Amazon stores. It has access to about 50, 000 apps while Nook HD has access to 6,000 apps from the Barnes and Noble store. Newsstand, Books, Music, Videos, Docs, Apps, Web, Shop, Games, Audiobooks, Photos, and Offers are available as top-of-the-screen content tab options. Amazon’s stores, your libraries as well as the web can be searched.

It should be noted that Barnes and Noble recently updated the Nook HD and Nook HD+ with the Google Play store opening up to all the Google Play content. In addition, rooting a Nook, such as done on the xda forums website, will allow you to install the Amazon app, giving total access to the three major Android stores. Rooting a Nook can be as simple as purchasing a pre-loaded microSD card and inserting it into the microSD slot in the Nook.

edit Wireless Connectivity

Both provide Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Kindle Fire HD has dual antenna, operates across dual bands and has MIMO facility. This enables the device to switch seamlessly to the available wireless network without streaming interruption and with the same HD resolution. Nook HD has access to the free Wi-Fi in all Barnes and Nobles stores.

edit Borrowing

Amazon Prime members receive access to Amazon's growing list of streaming movies and TV shows and can borrow a single Kindle book every month with no due date. Prime membership is $79 per year, and each Kindle Fire HD comes with a free month of Prime so you can try out the service. Nook HD users have access to about 1 million free titles from the Banes and Noble stores. The OverDrive Media Console app will enable Nook users to borrow e-books and audiobooks wirelessly from libraries and schools.

edit Audio

Both the devices have stereo speakers but the speaker output of Kindle Fire HD is loud and clear and is the best in a tablet till date. Immersion reading combines the audio and Kindle versions of a single book to provide an experience that is not available in any other tablet. The text is read by the audiobook reader while each word read is highlighted on the book version.

edit Cross-platform compatibility

Both the devices offer cloud sharing allowing you to continue reading from another device. The Whispersync feature of Kindle Fire HD allows you to stop a movie or a book on one device and continue on another device in the cloud. Barnes and Nobles has announced its launch of video service, Nook Video that will enable the content to be viewed on other devices like TV, computer, tablets and smartphones.

edit Reliability and Performance comparison

The Nook HD is faster compared to the Kindle Fire HD. The clock speed of the Nook processor is greater than that of the Kindle Fire HD processor.

edit Battery Life

With the Nook HD yet to be released, the battery life cannot be verified. But the manufacturer’s claim is 10.5 hours of reading and 9.5 hours of 720p video playing. The Kindle Fire HD battery lasts only for 8 hours and 41 minutes in laboratory testing of 720p video playing.

edit Price

Both are priced at $199 but the ad-free Kindle Fire HD costs $15 more. The memory available is 16 GB in Kindle Fire HD but a 16 GB Nook HD costs $299.

edit Advantages

edit Kindle Fire HD

Various profiles for children are available. The screen glows blue during FreeTime mode. Hence parents can keep an eye easily from across the room.

A review of Kindle Fire HD:

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A review of Nook HD:

edit Disadvantages

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edit Nook HD

The Nook HD has no camera. The integrated memory is only 8GB compared to 16GB of Kindle Fire HD. The 16GB model costs $229 while compared to $199 for Kindle Fire HD with same memory size.

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