NOOK vs. Kindle Fire: My Take On What One Is The Better Tablet!

NOOK vs. Kindle Fire: My Take On What One Is The Better Tablet!

Barnes and Noble Nook vs the Amizon Kindle Fire, what one should I buy?

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

Like many of you I would love to have an Ipad, but I just can’t grip spending $500-600 on a tablet.  If I am going to spend that kind of money I would rather put it into a new laptop.  However, I like the idea of a small portable tablet that is easy to take with you when your on the go.  There are a couple tablets out there in the $200 range that seam like a good buy.  Your not going to get the performance, specs or apps out of them as you would an ipad but for the money they seem like a good fit.

It seems the two hot tablets out there right now are the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle Fire.  My first look was at the Kinda because of the price of 199.99 and it seemed to be getting some really good reviews when it came out.  I kind of had my heart set on the Kindle at first.  Then I walked into a Barnes and Noble bookstore and seen they just came out with a 8gig Nook for the same price.  It was obvious they came out with this to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire.  They even compair the two on their web site.  There is also a Nook 16gig for $249.00

Now I was torn.  What one is better.  So.. I went searching the wonderful world of the web called the internet for the answers!

Here is what I found:


  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • NOOK Tablet – 8GB: 512MB RAM
  • NOOK Tablet – 16GB: 1GB RAM
  • Expandable memory- add up to 32 GB w/ microSD™ memory card for personal files
  • NOOK Tablet – 8GB: 5GB for content; of which 1GB is reserved for NOOK Store content
  • NOOK Tablet – 16GB: 13GB for content; of which 12GB is reserved for NOOK Store content
  • 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 inches
  • Up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video

Kindle Fire

  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • No expandable memory
  • 8GB
  • Can store appr 6,000 books
  • 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches
  • Up to 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video

After doing my research on the web, so far I have decided to go with the Barnes and Noble Nook.  However, that might not be the best choice for you.  Here is why I have pick it for me.  Can you change my mind?  The Nook has an expandable memory slot and you can add up to 32 GB of memory w/ microSD™ memory card for your personal files.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire does not have this but they do have their Amazon Cloud Locker.  But it only works if you have an internet connection.  From what I have read it is easy to distinguish between content stored on the Kindle Fire and content stored in Amazon’s cloud locker, but you have to go back to the home screen to jump from one type of content to the other.

Most reviews I have read say the Nook has a better touch screen and it is easier to read then the Kindle Fire.  One review I read visited multiple sites, email clients and applications then reported that the Nook was crisper and clearer to read then the Fire.  This makes it the better choice for reading books, magazines and newspapers from most reviews I have read.  In addition the Nook has Word, Excel and PowerPoint support, and the Kindle Fire only has word support.  Another thing that is nice about the Nook is that you can walk into and Barnes and Noble store to get help with it.  The Kindle Fire does not have any person to person support.  The Nook also is reported to have a better battery life.

300x100 - NOOK Tablet™ 8GB

I have decided on the Barnes and Noble Nook for myself, however like I said above the Kindle Fire might be a better choice for you.  Here is why!  It all depends on what you do on the internet.  Are you a big music or video fanatic and want to save a lot of your content on your tablet?  If so then you might want to look more at the Kindle Fire.  Barnes and Noble does not sell downloaded music or video but Amazon does.   Barnes and Noble does offer apps that let you stream content to the tablet from other providers.  Many services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn Radio Pro come pre-loaded on the B&N Nook.  The music player of the Nook is hard to use and your music is not organized very well, but the Kindle Fire music player is one of its greatest strengths.  You can sort by playlists, artists, albums, and songs. You can shop at Amazon’s music store from within the music player, and the integration is easy.  Reports say the Fire works great with the Amazon’s music and the video stores.  The Kindle Fire simplifies getting your books, music, and videos like Apple does with their products.  In addition the Kindle Fire has stereo speakers and the Nook has a single monaural speaker.  So over all the Fire might be better for music and video.

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

If your looking for the better web browser, reviews show the Kindle Fire’s browser is superior to the Nook.  The Fire’s browser has tabs similar to the Android 3.x Honeycomb browser making it easier to use.  The Nook Tablet’s browser works, but it requires more clicks to perform tasks and navigating though windows takes longer.  However the Nook Tablet offers many more personalization options than the Kindle Fire does.  Such as the home screens, wallpapers and libraries.  Overall the Nook is more organized, but the Fire’s web browser is easier to use.

These are just some of my findings as I tried to learn about the two tablets and I suggest you do some research on your own.  Please do not take any of my review as fact.  I am only sharing with you what I used to make my decision as to what tablet was the better choice for me.  What one do you think is the better choice?  Please share your view or comment on my review below.

If your looking for a tablet you can purchase the ones that I have researched here:

You Can Buy The Kindle Fire here:

You Can Buy The Barnes & Noble Nook here:

NOOK Tablet™ – 8GB, Best in Reading & Entertainment, Just $199. Ships Free!

NOOK Tablet™ – 16GB, Best in Reading & Entertainment, Just $249. Ships Free!

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