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Kindle Fire HD Vs. Nook HD+

The world is going ‘gadget- crazy’, with new ones being introduced practically on a daily basis…“It’s getting hard to keep up”.

With tablets being all the rage now, companies are rushing to get ‘in-on-the-action’, and launch one of their own…Even spurring ‘e-book’ dealers to do the same. Thus, saw the advent of ‘Amazon.com’s Kindle, and ‘Barnes and Nobles’, ‘Nook’.

They’re both ‘e-readers’, based on an Android Platform, that was launched with the intention of enabling a more comfortable ‘e-book reading’ scenario. Over time however, as it usually goes, revised versions were presented to the public, like the Kindle Fire HD, and the Nook HD+

As similar as their intent, they have quite a few differences, making it hard for the consumers to pick which way to go:
  • The Kindle is about 8.9 inches, and the Nook’s around 9 inches.
  • They both have excellent displays, with just a tad bit if a difference. Whilst the Kindle has a resolution of about 1920 x 1200 pixels at 254-ppi, the Nook has about 1920 x 1280 pixels at 256-ppi, but with an LCD display.
  • Both the Kindle, and the Nook are powered by the Android 4.0 ice cream sandwich, so for your music, you have to access the Play Store.
  • The Kindle has 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 CPU with TI OMAP 4470 chip and 1GB of RAM, with about 32GB of ‘in-built’ storage space.
  • The Nook is of a similar arrangement, but with only about 16GB of ‘in-built’ storage space.
  • They both have a laminated, multi-touch screen. However, Kindle has a ‘light sensor’, scratch resistant glass on its tablet.
  • Nook has a battery life of about 10 hours for reading, and 8-9 hours for video viewing.
  • Kindle Fire has about 11 hours for either activity.
  • Kindle has a 1.3 MP ‘front-view’ camera that enables video calling on Skype. It has better audio features that allow for better clarity.
  • Nook provides none of these.
  • Cloud storage is available on both.
  • Kindle Fire HD has the ability to access a wide range of appealing apps., that are tailored to suit just about anyone.
  • The Nook has access to an app. store too, however, it doesn’t boast of a collection that’s as eclectic as the one that’s available to the Kindle
  • Both can access the Internet, and have USB ports. However, Kindle’s the only one with Bluetooth Facilities.
  • Nook weighs about 515g. And the Kindle around 567g.
  • Both allow ‘parental control’ over the usage of its functions. And allow access to a wide range of books, newspapers and magazines.
  • They even have a range of books that can be sampled for free…and shows and movies that can be rented or bought.
  • Various Microsoft Office features can be accessed on both, the Kindle and the Nook.
  • Kindle offers a 12 month warranty unlike Nook.
  • Nook’s more cost-effective, in comparison to the Kindle
They’re both appealing in their own ways, and the confusion’s understandable. But, based on the stated functions, one may find it easier to choose a tablet that’s more suitable to their requirements…hopefully.

This is a guest post by Sofia Fern. She is a guest writer from cox.wedocable.com, a site that offers information about digital cable and high speed internet.

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