Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Review
Middle of the road performance, but at a jaw-droppingly low price.
Device & Specs
With the same exact processor and a similar size, at first glace the two tablets seem very similar, but the reality is that for $50 more, the Nook Tablet packs in double the hard drive space, double the RAM, and even a microSD card slot where the Kindle Fire has none. From a pure hardware standpoint, the Nook Tablets gives you more bang for your buck.
Here, the Amazon Kindle Fire trounces the Nook Tablet in almost every conceivable category but deepest black and screen size, as they are virtually identical in total screen area. With a much higher peak brightness, better color gamut, and a wider contrast ratio, the Amazon Kindle Fire has the far better tablet screen.
Possibly the biggest advantage the Amazon Kindle Fire holds over the Nook Tablet is its battery. While the difference isn't very dramatic, having a longer average battery life will allow Fire owners to enjoy their media for up to an hour more than you can on a Nook Tablet.
As eReaders, each tablet is very similar to the other, minus the obvious software differences. What the main sticking points are include the Kindle Fire's access to the Amazon lending library system, and the fact that it's harder to hold than the Nook Tablet. Should immediate comfort be you main concern, the Nook tablet may be the better bet, but for content, Amazon remains king.
Both tablets are hindered by their own proprietary branding and lack of Google blessing, but the Amazon Kindle Fire with a Prime membership will unlock mountains of content to its users. Couple that with the lending libraries and the new features to the Amazon store online (cloud storage, whispersync, Silk), and the Kindle Fire makes a strong statement over the Nook Tablet.
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