Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs Barnes Noble Nook HD – A Comparison

May 29, 13 Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs Barnes Noble Nook HD – A Comparison

Amazon launched its first ever e-book reader way back in 2007 called the Kindle and it was not until Kindle 2.0 release in the early 2009 people started to realize the benefits of owning an e-book reader.

It was only after 2009 launch, the popularity of these devices started to spread in the public.

Today, these gadgets have come a long way from where they started and are not just e-readers anymore!

Following Amazon steps,  Barnes & Noble Nook had also made some strides in the segment and today it competes the Amazon and other devices in the global market.

Lets try comparing Barnes Noble Nook HD Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD, to find out which is the prospective e-reader buy?

Design and Form Factor

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD measures 193x137x10.3mm dimensionally and weighs 395g. The Barnes & Noble Nook HD is a lot less weighing device at 315g measuring 194.4×127.1×11 mm compared to the former. The Nook HD is almost 100g lighter than its Amazon rival.

Going by the appearances, the  Amazon Kindle Fire HD looks perfect with a bezel around the display that offers a comfort hold for long hours. The black plastic matte finish unibody isn’t quite a decorative but the neat finish guarantees no creak or flex to the bodywork.

Seems like the  Noble Nook HD was designed with the potrait orientation in mind, no wonder the bezel on the device is shorter yet easy to grip for longer duration. The Noble Nook has curved edges compared to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Both the devices sport a 7inch screen and while the Kindle Fire HD has a resolution power of 1280 x 800 pixels, the  Noble Nook HD has 1440 x 900 pixels. The pixel density of the devices 216 per inch and 243 per inch respectively. No second thoughts here, both the devices are capable of offering excellent picture quality.

Storage Capacity

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD comes in two variants namely 16GB and 32GB built-in storage facility but there’s no microSD slot to boost the storage capacity.

On the other hand Nook HD offers 8GB and 16GB of internal storage space devices and are expandable upto 32GB via the micro SD slots.

Processor, Operating System, Camera  and Battery Performance

The Nook HD uses a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor OMAP 4460 backed by 1GB of dual-channel RAM and the Fire HD has a 1.3 GHz Dual-Core Processor OMAP 4470 backed by 1GB of dual channel RAM.

Both the tablets run on Android base using 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version. Previously, both platforms didn’t provide access to Google Play Store but now Nook HD is offering full access to Google Play Store, apart from Nook HD has updated catalogues for its users.

The Fire HD has  a front-facing camera that supports video chatting but the B&N HD has none.

The battery on Amazon Kindle Fire HD can last up to 11 hours of continuous use and the Nook HD stays for 10.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video watching.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs Barnes Noble Nook HD – Feature Comparison

Kindle Fire HD

  • Sample Books for Free
  • Email & Web Browsing
  • Supports Microsoft Office Suite
  • Parental Controls
  • Free Cloud Storage
  • Book Lending & Borrowing

Noble Nook HD

  • Email & Web Browsing with Chrome
  • Seamless access to YouTube™, Google Maps™ & Gmail™
  • Personal profiles for each family member
  • Ad Free Experience
  • Scrapbooking
  • In-Store Support
  • Free Wi Fi in B&N Stores
  • Read NOOK Books Free in B&N Stores
  • Sample Books for Free
  • Supports Microsoft Office Suite
  • Parental Controls
  • Free Cloud Storage
  • Book Lending & Borrowing

Final Verdict

On technical specs the Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes in just behind the Nook HD. Both the device makers bank on digital sales and make little money on hardware.

The newly incorporated features like Google Play Store, Catalogues and others give the Nook HD a lead chance to sell out well over the Kindle Fire HD.

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