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!