With the existence of e-book readers, reading has never been the same. Two e-book readers that have stand out today are the Nook and Kindle. The Nook was developed by one of the biggest book retailers in the world, Barnes and Noble. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, created the Kindle. With both companies releasing new products, which one should you choose?
Design and reading experience
Both the Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD almost have the same, if not the same, measurements. Perhaps the most distinguishing difference of the two is that the Kindle HD is a bit wider while the Nook HD is a bit thicker. The Kindle is heavier though at 394 grams compared to the Nook which is 315 grams.
Both feature a 7-inch screen. The Nook beats the Kindle in terms of display. The staggering 1440×900 and 243 pixels per inch display of the Nook certainly outclasses the 1280×800 and 216 pixel-per-inch of the latest Kindle Fire. Seeing this comparison in display, the Kindle Fire is not far in providing a nice reading experience especially with its close-to-retina display, but the Nook can certainly provide better pictures and reading experience.
Operating system and the processor
An area where both devices are in a perpetual draw is its operating software and processor. Both the Kindle and Nook devices have the Android system. They are stable and relatively fast because of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. One perplexing thing about these devices though is even if they have the Google Android software, it seems that neither can access the Google Play App store. However, the Kindle can access Amazon’s app store, which has some apps that can be seen in Google Play.
Other intangibles that you should know
There are other things that you might want take into account since both devices are shown to be in almost-equal footing in the race. Other tangibles such as storage, battery life, connectivity and camera options should be considered. In terms of storage, both gadgets have major differences. The Nook offers 8GB and 16GB while the Kindle has a base of 16GB and 32GB memory. However, this difference can easily be crossed out because the Nook has an expandable memory with the use of micro SD chips that can store up to 32 GB.
Both devices are able to connect to the internet since both are WiFi-enabled. The Amazon device, however, sports a front camera and the Nook has none. Battery life is also an area where the Kindle edges out the Nook. This is primarily because the Nook has a better display compared to the Kindle.