The Kindle Fire HD 7" and the Nook HD are both very popular low-end tablets which means that they are affordable, yet have solid performance when compared to their bigger relatives in the tablet industry. But which one is right for you? We will not turn this Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD review into a flaming battle that has to have a winner, but we will realistically state the pros and cons of both devices and help you make a choice of your own. However, the choice may fall down on another question - do you prefer using Amazon or Barnes & Noble? If you are quite indifferent about the two brands and just want to get your hands on the better tablet, then our task will be a lot easier!
|The Nook HD vs the Kindle Fire HD|
Let us start the comparison from the first thing that usually crosses our mind - the display screen. Both the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD 7" have a seven inch display screen and the same price. However, the Nook HD does offer a much higher resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels versus the Kindle HD's 1280 x 800 pixels. This means that the Nook HD has 243 pixels per inch which is better than its rival's 216 ppi. Although it does seem like a lot, there are still a lot of people who will barely notice the difference as Amazon has done other things to compensate and improve the visual quality that their tablet provides.
Another very important thing for the average user is how much storage space they will be getting for their money. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD is certainly a winner here as the $199 models offers 16 GB while you can pay $249 for a 32 GB model as well. On the other hand, Barnes & Noble's Nook HD offers 8 GB for the standard model, or you can pay $249 for a 16 GB version.
Tech fans are probably mostly interested in what these tablets offer under the hood, and the truth is that I believe that the Nook HD has a better kit running inside. This has been proven by many benchmarking websites who give the Nook HD more points over its rival. However, once again the difference is hard to spot for the average Joe. Why? the Kindle Fire HD sports a 1.2GHz dual-core TI Omap 4460 processor and dual-core PowerVR SGX540 graphics while its rival the Nook HD comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core TI Omap 4470 processor and dual-core PowerVR SGX544 graphics. Aside from a few higher number that the Nook has, most people don't really care about these specs and the truth is that the Nook doesn't score much higher than Amazon's best seven inch tablet.
I never really liked it when people use cameras on their tablet nor do I think they are really necessary. Perhaps the folks at B&N agree with me since their seven inch tablet does not feature a camera. The Kindle Fire HD, however, features 1.3 megapixel web camera on the front which is only slightly better than that on a Google Nexus 7.
With this final comparison we will try to conclude our Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD review. The tests show that the Kindle lasted for seven hours and 42 minutes while under the same circumstances he Nook HD was able to endure five hours and 25 minutes. I don't know how much you guys care about this, but I am often forced to travel and my lifestyle always has me going places. Knowing that I have a device with a reliable battery life is something that I truly enjoy!
So what else should you consider? Well, both of these are family tablets and you kids will love them. If you are someone who uses Amazon a lot, or you don't mind starting, then the Kindle Fire HD is the superior choice. It may not be a better table in all aspects, but Amazon provides you with far more media content which included movies, audio, games, books and much more!
If you are a student you can also get a $50 discount on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" which is certainly the best choice that you can make as it will cost you $249! A real bargain to be honest, especially since you will also be able to enjoy Amazon Prime. Get the coupon here!