Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD vs Apple iPad
The Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets are Amazon's answer to the Nook Color and HD models, perhaps the Apple iPad and other color ereaders and tablet computers. They now have 2 color tablet models: Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX both available in 7" and 8.9" screen sizes. The Kindle HD 7" is only available with WiFi whereas the 8.9" model comes in both WiFi-only & 4G models. Both HDX sizes are available with WiFi and 4G LTE. Did you know that Amazon is actually selling the Fire HD at $2 below their cost to manufacture it? Why?! Because they know they will make up the loss on ebooks, apps, etc. you will buy from Amazon later. This is a great deal especially since you plan on buying ebooks anyway and the price for a color tablet ereader is really unbeatable.
Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD vs Apple iPad (HDX Model Comparison Below)
|Model:||Kindle Fire HD
||Nook HD||Apple iPad Air
|Size||7" - 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45"
8.9" - 9.45"x6.5"x0.35"
|7.65" x 5.00" x 0.43"||9.5" x 7.31" x 0.37"|
|Display||7" & 8.9"||7"||9"|
|Pixel Resolution||7" - 1280x800 up to 720p HD
8.9"- 1920x1200 up to 1080p HD
|1440x900 at 243 ppi, full HD at 720p||2048x1536 at 264 ppi.LED-backlit glossy with In-Plane
|Processor/RAM||7" - 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
512 MB RAM
8.9" - 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
|1.3GHz dual-core TI OMAP4||1GHz dual-core Apple A5X with 1GB RAM|
|WiFi/3G||7" - WiFi Only
8.9" - 4G LTE 10 band wireless modem with HSPA+, HSDPA, and EDGE/GPRS fallback
Optional Extra Monthly Plan Fee for 4G via AT&T or Verizon;
|OS/Web Browser||Android OS
Amazon Silk Web Browser
Multi-tab Web Browser
Safari Web Browser
|Storage Capacity||7" - 16GB or 32GB
8.9" - 16GB or 32GB on WiFi device, 32 GB or 64 GB on 4G Device
Free Amazon Cloud Storage
|8GB or 16GB + expansion slot & Free Nook Cloud Storage||16GB - 128GB|
|Supported Media Formats||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm).||Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM, AVI
Gallery pictures: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP
|ePub, pdf, mp3, jpeg, gif, tiff, doc, docx, htm, html, key, numbers, pages, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, vcf, xls, xlsx|
|Sharing/Lending||14-Day Lending; Use App for lending to PC, Mac, iPad,
iPhone, BlackBerry & Android Devices
||LendMe technology; share between NOOK and iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android smartphones & tablets, PCs & Mac; NOOK Friends; Borrow & read library books||No Lending
|Interface||Capacitive touch||Touch screen||Multi-Touch|
|Apps||Amazon Appstore||Nook Apps||Apple App Store
|Battery Life||7" - Up to 11 hours wireless off
8.9" - Up to 10 hours wireless off
|Up to 10.5 hours wireless off||Up to 10 hours with wireless on|
|Weight||7" - 13.9oz
8.9" - 20oz
|11.1oz||WiFi model: 1 lbs
WiFi+4G model: 1.05 lbs
||7" - 16GB: $199 |
8.9" - WiFi 16GB: $299/WiFi 32GB: $369
|$499-$929 depending upon storage (16-64GB) & Wi-Fi vs Wi-Fi + 4G|
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||Kindle Fire HD 7" | Kindle Fire HD 8.9"||NOOK HD||Apple
|Model:||Kindle Fire HD (7" & 8.9")
||Kindle Fire HDX (7" & 8.9")|
|Size||7" - 7.5" X 5.0" X 0.42"
8.9" - 9.4" X 6.4" X 0.35"
|7" - 7.3" X 5.0" X 0.35"
8.9" - 9.1" X 6.2" X 0.31"
|Display Size||7" & 8.9"||7" & 8.9"|
|Pixel Resolution||7" 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)
8.9" 1920 x 1200 (254 ppi)
|7" - 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi)
8.9" - 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi)
|Processor||Dual-Core 1.5 GHz||Quad-Core 2.2 GHz|
|3G/4G Wireless||4G Available on 8.9"||4G LTE AT&T or Verizon|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); Supports public
and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.
||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.|
|Web Browser||Amazon Silk Web Browser||Amazon Silk Web Browser|
|Storage Capacity||7" 8 or 16GB
8.9" 16GB or 32GB on Wi-Fi device
32GB or 64GB on 4G device
+ Free Cloud Storage
|16, 32, or 64GB + Free Cloud Storage|
|Supported Media Formats||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm).|
|Interface||Capacitive touch||Capacitive touch|
|Audio||Dolby Audio, dual-driver stereo speakers||Dolby Audio, Dual Stereo Speakers, Built-in Microphone|
|Battery Life||10 hours mixed use||
7" - 11 hours mixed use, 17 hours when reading
8.9" - 12 hours mixed use, 18 hours when reading
|Weight||7" 12.2 ounces
8.9" 20 ounces
7" 10.7 ounces
8.9" 13.2 ounces
||7" 8GB: $139/16GB:
8.9" 16GB:$229/32GB: $314
7" Wi-Fi: 16GB: $229/32GB: $269/64GB: $309
8.9" Wi-Fi: 16GB:$379/32GB: $429/64GB: $479
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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Review
Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet
Before features are mentioned, the price difference between
the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet is $90; $159 vs $249, respectively. So
is the Nook Tablet worth paying $90 more for? Well, that's up to what
you want in such a tablet. There is also now the Nook
Processors, OS and Storage
Both Fire and Nook have the same 1GHz dual core processor,
both tablets run on Android, have the same screen resolution, size and
16 million colors, both WiFi and about the same size and weight. What's
the major differences then? Well, if storage matters to you, the Nook
Tablet (similar to other Nooks when comparing to Kindle models) has a
microSD memory expansion slot of up to 32GB whereas the Fire does not.
Amazon, however, does offer free Cloud Storage for all Amazon content.
So I don't know if this is such a big deal. I think for most people,
the Kindle Fire will have sufficient storage space for ebooks, music,
Kindle Fire Features
- 1024x768 at 132 ppi, IPS (same as iPad), Vibrant 16-million color display
- Multi-Touch Touchscreen
- Amazon Silk Web Browser
- 8GB Internal memory holds 6,000 books, 80 Apps, 800 Songs
- Battery life up to 8 hours with WiFi off
- Weighs less than a pound, 14.6 ounces
The Fire HD has an advantage to Nook on this
one since the Amazon Appstore has over 19 thousand apps with a free
app offered every day (Amazon also allows you to install apps from
other sources as well), whereas Barnes and Noble Nook Apps at this time
are only in the low thousands, but there is a work-around loop to
access non B&N apps in addition to be a Nook user hacking
community that routinely updates how to hack the Nook to install
Android Apps. if you want.
Battery Life, RAM Memory, Media
The Nook Tablet has the advantage in the battery life department, lasting 9-11.5 hours vs 7-8 hours in the Fire. The Nook also has more memory, 1GB RAM vs 512MB RAM in the Fire. The Fire Tablet comes in on top with all of Amazon's available media. In addition to millions of Kindle ebooks and thousands of apps, they have over 100,000 movies and TV shows and over 17 million songs in the Amazon MP3 Store. In addition, if you are an Amazon Prime Member ($79/year), you have access to the free Kindle Lending Library (over 5,000 titles) in addition to free 2-day shipping when placing Amazon orders and unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows. The Amazon Prime free trial is already pre-loaded on the Fire to try right out of the box. Silk Web Browser loads pages pretty fast with smooth scrolling and easy touch zoom in and out. Send documents to your Kindle using Cloud storage.Go to our Kindle Fire vs Nook Color Comparison Chart for side-by-side technical comparison.
Kindle Fire HD vs HDX
Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad
The Kindle Fire, we would say, really isn't meant to compete with the Apple iPad, but more so with other color ebook readers like the Nook Color. The most noticeable difference between the Kindle Fire and Apple iPad is price. The Fire is $199, the iPad starts at $499, but there is a reason for this. We would consider the Fire, at $300 cheaper than the ipad, an entry-level, budget tablet because it is lacking in some comparable features, i.e. bells & whistles.
Apple iPad Advantages over Kindle Fire
The only things that are exactly the same on the two is that they both have a color multitouch screen display that uses the latest In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology and have WiFi capability. Things that make the iPad more expensive is a 2" bigger screen, 3G capability (there is an extra fee for service), more storage - iPad's cheapest model is 16GB vs 8GB in the Fire (but Amazon offers free Cloud Storage), more RAM, faster processor (A5 processor vs OMAP4 dual-core CPU), no camera or microphone on the Fire, 10-hour vs 8-hour battery life, larger app selection - Apple Store Apps vs Amazon App Store for Android, no Bluetooth on Fire. The Fire runs on a modified Google android vs iOS on the iPad which perhaps isn't an advantage depending your preference.
Kindle Fire Advantages over iPad
Kindle Fire advantages over the iPad include a faster web browser - Amazon Silk vs Mobile Safari, Fire is 50% lighter, $300 cheaper, larger library at Amazon for downloading books, movies and TV shows. While the iPad may be considered to be more of a mobile computer replacement, Jeff Bezos (Amazon President) says the Fire is more about media consumption with streaming movies and TV shows, ebooks, Android games and a new cloud-accelerated browser that delivers web pages faster.
In conclusion, it all comes down to what your primary use for the tablet will be. If you want to take photos, plan to do a lot of gaming, want a bigger screen than 7", more internal storage then you may prefer an iPad. If not and you prefer a lighter, cheaper tablet that you can read books on, watch movies, TV shows and browse the net fast, then get a Kindle Fire.
2014 Ebook Reader and Color Tablet Comparison Chart