Video look: Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

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I’ve spent nearly a week using the latest 7-inch tablets (or are they e-readers?): the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet(s bks) and Amazon’s Kindle Fire(s amzn). I still don’t think you can go wrong with either device if you have $200 or $250 to spend and want a portable media consumption device. However, there are differences between the two. Most noticeable are the Nook’s 16 GB of memory, 1 GB of RAM and micro SD expansion slot. The Fire only has 8 GB of memory, 512 MB of RAM and no expansion slot. But one could argue that Amazon has the better ecosystem with stores for movies and music.

Here’s a closer look at both devices, touching upon both the hardware and the software to help you decide which might be the better purchase for you. I actually recommend them both — but to different types of users.

Find out which might be optimal for you, depending on the type of consumer you are. If I could put the Amazon ecosystem on the Nook’s hardware, I think that would be the best of both worlds. Since I can’t do that, I’m settling for the next best thing: putting the Fire experience on my 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab!

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rick

Thank you for a wonderful review on both Kindle and Nook.

Is it true that you can only use 1GB out of 16GB memory space on Nook Tablet to copy over your personal files?

Kevin C. Tofel

Thanks Rick, and yes, that is correct: on the internal storage, you are limited to 1 GB for your own (read: Non B&N) content. You can, however, store personal content on a microSD card in the Nook if you want, but of course, that’s a slight added expense for the memory card.

Greg

Thanks for the nice comparative review. In your video, there is pronounced screen flickering on the Nook while there is none on the Fire. It appears that the Nook may have a lower screen refresh rate than the Fire, possibly to extent battery life. I am very sensitive to such low refresh rates. Do you see this flickering on the Nook when viewed in person?

Kevin C. Tofel

Greg, I think the flicker is more pronounced in the video, but in terms of screen refresh rates, it does appear that the Nook is slower than the Kindle in real life to my eyes. I’d suggest going to a B&N store to see for yourself. I have a feeling that if you’re the type of person that immediately sees the difference between a 720p and 1080p HDTV set, you might see a difference in these two screens as well.

Brittany

Hey, just thought you’d like to know. The Nook actually has a button where when you’re reading a magazine, you click it and it display just the article, no pictures or ads are anything. So, it works about the same as the Kindle. I think it’s at the top of the screen. Thanks for the comparison.

Kevin C. Tofel

Brittany, you’re absolutely right and I neglected to mention it, so thanks for bringing it up! I started ranting about the people who don’t like the magazine experience on a 7-inch tablet that I forget to point out this feature on the Nook Tablet. ;)

Amy

Thank you!! This was a big help!!!! I could not decide and this helped so much!! I’m actually getting my husband the kindle fire and myself the nook! Thank you again!!

Amy

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